Lavender (Lavandulaangustifolia) has a scent that’s a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm. It’s this dynamic aroma that has made the flower a classic for perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products. Considered as one of our most popular products, Lavender oil is a good beginner oil and a must for every home.Lavender essential oil isn’t just a favorite due to its classic and conventional scent—it’s also highly versatile. From skin care products to relaxing routines, this oil can infuse many areas of your life.The benefits of Lavender oil include relaxation, easing stress and more. Its balancing properties make it gentle enough to use on dogs, horses and cats. Here are 12 main benefits of lavender oil.
Benefits of Lavender Oil
1. Give You A Good Sleep
A study conducted by the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, had concluded that lavender might have considerable effects on treating insomnia and inducing sleep.In folklore, people often filled their pillows with lavender flowers to sleep peacefully. This herb is effective for those suffering from insomnia, restless leg syndrome and exhaustion, as it soothes the nervous system and induces sleep and relaxation. This is because its scent induces alpha waves in the brain that is responsible for relaxation, thus making you fall asleep faster.
2. Help in The Treatment of Anxiety and Depression
Lavender essential oil is helpful in removing anxiety and depression through its calming, sedative, and anti-convulsive effects. It is often used in herbal remedies for boosting relaxation and treating restlessness.
A powerful anti-bacterial herb, lavender oil can be combined with natural surfactants to create more efficient household cleaners. Use a few drops of lavender oil to clean infected wounds, prevent infection, and enhance faster healing.
4. Ads in Proper Digestion
Indigestion is a common problem nowadays, which is characterized by abdominal pain, vomiting, belching and burning sensation in your stomach leading to peptic ulcers. Lavender enables the body to digest fats by soothing the lining of the digestive tract and promoting the secretion of bile. It also releases gas and constipation.
Drink lavender tea after a meal to relieve indigestion and reduce acid-reflux. Alternately, try a drop of therapeutic-grade lavender oil (safe for ingestion) on the back of the tongue to soothe the stomach and improve digestion.
5. As a Natural Perfume
6. Control Hairs Loss
Lavender oil is extremely effective in treating hair loss. This is because it cures insomnia, stress, anxiety and depression, which are the common causes of hair loss. Regular massage with this oil helps in controlling hair loss and promoting hair growth by increasing blood circulation.
7. Cure Headaches
Lavender has proven to be helpful in providing relief from migraine headaches and preventing the onset of a new headache. Massaging your temples, neck and forehead with lavender oil relieves neck and head tension, and promotes relaxation. This cures a variety of headaches like migraines, general headaches, gastric headaches, nervous headaches, sinus headaches and tension headaches.
8. Reduce Bloating
Overgrowth of bad bacteria in the body can trigger bloating. Lavender contains polyphenols that help in reducing the ‘bad’ bacteria in your blood, thereby supporting you to beat off bloating. If you suffer from bloating, you can sprinkle some dried culinary grade lavender on to your Greek yogurt. This will reduce bloating as well as facilitate proper digestion.
9. Hydrate Dry Eyes
10. Alleviate Motion Sickness
Apply directly a drop of lavender oil to various pressure points on face, wrists, etc. to help with minor nausea and disorientation due to motion sickness. While this remedy is effective in the short-term, it is not recommended for longer periods where motion sickness may be a persistent problem such as on airplanes or cruise ships.
11. Reduce Fever
12. As a Toner
Lavender tones and makes your skin firm as it boosts circulation, thus resulting in an adequate supply of oxygen and nutrition to the skin cells. This helps in keeping the cells healthy and boosting their renewal process.
You can make a toner at home with lavender and water. Boil 100 ml of water in a bowl and then put in the lavender buds, so that they are completely submerged. Cover the bowl, leaving the brew to steep for a few hours. Drain the mixture into a clean glass bottle and refrigerate it. Spray some of this lavender water on a cotton pad and gently wipe your face with it (after washing your face in the morning). This will refresh your skin like a toner.