If you’ve tuned in to any of our previous blogs, you’ve no doubt noticed that lavender oil is mentioned a great deal. In fact, its name seems to pop up regardless of the topic. The explanation is simple: lavender oil is a timeless favorite with incredible uses that span health, wellness, and beauty.
Lavender began its reign more than 2,500 years ago when the Ancient Egyptians and Phoenicians used it as a perfume. During the Roman times, it cost a full month’s wages for a farm laborer to buy just one pound of lavender flowers, as lavender had become such a prized commodity for use in the Roman baths. This flower’s history trickles down through Medieval and Renaissance Europe and newly colonized America, with one theme always in common: lavender’s scent not only served as a great perfume but also to ward off disease and improve health.
As a beginner essential oil user, lavender is a Must Have for your collection, and as an experienced essential oil user you undoubtedly always keep a fresh stock of lavender available. So what exactly is so extraordinary about lavender oil? Read on to find out!
Lavender Provides Antioxidant Protection
The countless toxins, chemicals, and pollutants in our air, water, and food expose us to a frightening number of free radicals that are responsible for stunting the immune system and paving the way for disease. Antioxidants are the solution to this problem, and it just so happens that lavender oil helps the body produce the three most powerful antioxidants. Diffusing and inhaling the oil for just 60 minutes a day can significantly protect cells from the damage that often leads to cancer, according to Romanian scientists!
Lavender Boosts Mood, Sleep, and Brain Function
Lavender is well known for its use in treating migraines, stress, anxiety, and depression, and research now exists to prove it! In 2013, a study found that lavender oil lessens anxiety and improves quality of sleep. Better yet, there were no adverse side effects, unlike the prescription medications often used to battle anxiety and sleep issues.
Other studies have been occurring in quick succession, and they all prove that inhaling lavender oil for only an hour a day can have astonishing positive impacts on the brain, from reducing chances of postnatal depression to limiting symptoms and development of Alzheimer’s disease!
If you struggle with falling asleep and feeling refreshed upon waking, lavender oil could be your answer. Spray some on your pillowcase, diffuse into the air, or rub on your neck, chest, and temples to help your brain enter a restful state of mind.
Lavender Heals Cuts and Burns
Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, lavender supports the healing of skin wounds, especially when enhanced with clove, cinnamon, and tea tree oil. Many studies have been completed and nearly 100% prove the true potential of lavender to heal the skin.
Lavender is the Skin’s Best Friend
Aside from healing cuts and burns, lavender is also a popular favorite for skincare uses. With antioxidant and antimicrobial characteristics, just 10 drops of lavender mixed with 1 ounce of coconut oil can soothe dry skin, battle eczema, and even reduce age spots!
It’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite essential oil with such a plethora of irresistible choices, but lavender is definitely a top contender!