What does Lavender Essential Oil Do For Your Brain?

 

lavender oil for the brainWhat comes to mind when you think of lavender? Sleepiness? Quiet time? The gentle purple hues of spring? Whichever it is, many people associate lavender with its abilities to ease nerves and induce sleep.

The Latin name of lavender is ‘Lavare’, which means “to wash”, due to its aroma which has a particularly clean scent.

Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. The flowers of lavender are fragrant in nature and have been used for making potpourri for centuries.

Traditionally, lavender essential oil has also been used in making perfumes. The oil is very useful in aromatherapy and many aromatic preparations and combinations are made using lavender oil.

Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including cedarwood, pine, clary sage, geranium, and nutmeg.

Ideally, Lavender is used to uplift the spirit and provide a calming environment. Lavender oil can reduce anxious behaviors, provide reduction in pain relief, help disinfect the skin, and aid in healing both respiratory and circulatory issues. It’s popular for use in supporting the cardiovascular system, emotions, and skin.

With its history of healing properties, glorious colors and enchanting perfume, lavender has remained the “Swiss Army Knife” of herbs. It has stepped out of its attachment to old fashioned uses and has found a modern status in aromatherapy.

With scientific research verifying its ancient uses, lavender is an essential component of any household first aid box. Here are some reasons why:

  1. Fatigue  Add 5 drops of lavender oil to a hot foot bath and relax while your feet soak in it. The soles of the feet are particularly porous, so lavender reaches your bloodstream very quickly, exerting its stimulating and soothing effects on various systems of your body.
  2. Giddy Spells, Faintness or Palpitations  Make your own smelling salts – sea salt, lavender oil, peppermint oil & basil oil.
  3. Headache – Make a compress from a piece of muslin soaked in icy cold water then sprinkled with a few drops of lavender oil. Apply to the forehead, or massage a few drops into the forehead, temples and nape of the neck.
  4. Insomnia – In a number of small studies, elderly psychiatric patients have been shown to sleep better and be more alert during the day when their sleep medication is replaced with lavender oil either dropped on their pillows, or placed in a diffuser in the ward. To help to induce sleep, put 3 or 4 drops of lavender oil on your pillow. For babies, add 1 drop of lavender oil & geranium oil in carrier oil and massage into a babies back or a few drops in their bedtime bath.
  5. Long-Haul Travel – Combine lavender, rosemary, neroli, frankincense & clary sage. Pour into one of our glass roll on bottles and carry in your hand luggage. Roll the solution over your pulse points to help you keep a clear head during those endless hours in the air.
  6. Stress & Anxiety – Keep a spritzer bottle of Lavender Mist handy to spray on your face during the day, or apply lavender oil neat to your temples.

Let us know how you use Lavender Oil.

References:
Soothe Your Senses with Lavender
LAVENDER OIL: IF YOU WANT TO ELIMINATE STRESS, IMPROVE YOUR SKIN & IMMUNE SYSTEM, THINK LAVENDER!

 
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