The Big 5 Benefits of Lavender
Lavender oil is the most prominent essential oil utilized in today’s market and it’s not hard to imagine the motive behind this desirable scent. Lavender oil can be traced back to ancient Egyptian, Roman, and Syrian civilizations that date to over 2,000 years ago. It seems everyone wanted their hands and bathes filled with this perfumed goodie. In latin the name for Lavender is ‘Lavare’ which is translated as, “to wash,” and I bet we can guess why.
The oils of the plant are predominantly extracted from the plant’s flower petals through a steam distillation process, which is typically the case for essential oils pulled from flowers.
Let’s jump to the benefits.
#1 Improves Your Mood
The International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice recently conducted a study and found that 80 mg of Lavender Essential oil capsules mitigates depression, insomnia, and anxiety, without leaving behind any of those unbearable side effects.
Studies have also shown Lavender oil’s effectiveness on those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress disorder and women prone to Postnatal Depression. By diffusing lavender oil over a 4 week period signs of depression, anxiety and sleep deprivation were greatly depleted.
#2 Great for Your Skin and Scalp
The antioxidant and antimicrobial characteristics found in this essential oil are most likely the responsible agents for improving skin and scalp conditions. The oil is known to rapidly heal cuts and minor burns as well as reduce age spots from the face and skin. When mixed with other oils it’s antimicrobial makeup is known to combat fungus and other bacterial infections.
Lavender oil has been proven to be the most efficient oil to fight off acne, non-aggressively of course. Especially for hormonally induced acne. The oil can also be used to treat scars that often mark the face, chest, and back.
#3 Hair Growth and Care
Lavender oil is famous for warding off lice and other bugs, they just don’t like the smell for some reason. You can try dropping some lavender essential oil over a pillowcase, if there is a lice problem that keeps creeping up in your school or home.
Interestingly, the oils extracted from this lovely flower is known to detain Alopecia, an autoimmune disorder which causes hair loss. Regularly rubbing lavender oil over hair follicles has been proven to stimulate new hair growth.
According to Francesca Fusco, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist, lavender oil can be used to fight dandruff as well. By adding 10 drops or so to almond or olive oil, lightly heating the oil, and then massaging the mixture into your scalp, let rest for an hour or so, and then a natural shampoo rinse, you can eliminate dandruff flakes from your scalp and shirt.
So, now you can imagine why Dr. Locs couldn’t resist adding it to some of their natural loc products like, the Imani Locking Spray.
#4 Promotes A Real Good Sleep
If you’re one of those lucky ones who fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow, well then, lucky you. For the rest of us whose anxiety seems to catch us at full speed as soon as we’re ready to snuggle up, well there is a solution besides heavy drugs which have severe side effects like, Nocturnal Sleep-Related Eating Disorder, AKA sleep walking and eating your whole fridge, or simply just waking up in a cloud that won’t seem to clear from your brain. Lavender oil, when spread over the pillow, can help induce a calm and relaxing natural sleep.
#5 Improves Circulation and Digestion
Some research has pointed to Lavender oil’s promotion of healthy coronary circulation. The oil is also known to aid in digestion by increasing the movement of food that is passing through the intestines. It has been said to reduce bloating, aid in indigestion, diarrhea and nausea.
Here are some great ways to utilize the benefits of Lavender oil.
If you are interested in adding Lavender Essential Oil to your daily routine, make sure to do more extensive research to ensure it is safe for you. There are some warnings out there for pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding, for those who take specific medications and those with diabetes.