Lavender essential oil, not to be confused with lavender scented oil, is not actually an oil, but a distillation of the lavender plant. But for the remainder of this article, lets stick to lavender oil. Lavender oil provides a great number of health benefits and is a highly versatile substance. Here are some of the top health benefits of lavender oil.
Health Benefits of Lavender Oil
There are a number of different ways to utilize lavender oil to help you sleep. Sprinkle a few drops on your pillow or on a cotton ball placed inside your pillowcase. You can also buy an ultrasonic diffuser to diffuse the lavender oil throughout the air through the night. Sprinkle a few drops in bathwater before bed to calm and relax you to prepare for sleep. You can also place a few drops of lavender oil in the rinse water when laundering linens for a more long lasting effect.
Stress and anxiety reliever
Lavender is well known for being an anti-anxiety agent and stress reliever. Keep a small bottle handy in your purse or desk drawer and place a few drops on your pulse points before or during a high stress event. Hold your wrists in front of your face and inhale deeply several times. Not only will the lavender help you to relax, but breathing deeply provides additional health benefits and stress relief.
Keep a bottle of lavender oil in the kitchen. You can apply a drop or two to skin burns for almost instant relief. Mix a few drops of lavender oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or almond oil and apply to sunburned skin for soothing relief.
Lavender has strong antiseptic properties, but is gentle on the skin and doesn’t burn. If you get a cut or a scrape, use a few drops of lavender oil to clean the wound. This would help because of the antiseptic properties. If you regularly use public showers, mix a few drops of lavender oil with a few teaspoons of vodka and a few teaspoons of distilled water and place in a spray bottle. Spray on your feet before putting your shoes and socks on to protect your feet from fungal infections.
The possibilities with lavender almost seem to be endless. Due to the natural properties of lavender it seems to be one of nature’s softer plants. Taking advantage of the health benefits of lavender oil is so easy. They smell amazing too!