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The Many Benefits of Lavender

Lavender oil is the most used essential oil in the world today.  There’s a reason for that, it has many positive benefits from everything from relieving stress to reducing GI bloating.  Lavender has been around for more than 2000 years and it’s made it’s way into several treatment modalities.  Lavender has powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial, sedative, anti-depressive and calming properties.

Lavender comes from the mint family and although there are nearly 40 plants classified in the lavender family, Lavandula Angustifolia is the more common and where we get the color (purple) of lavender.  Lavender grows quickly and spreads fast once planted, which lead many to believe it a weed.

So what are some of the health benefits of lavender?

  1. Reduces anxiety and stress.  The antioxidant components in it impact the endocrine system to lower the stress hormones in the body.
  2. Helps reduce insomnia by impacting the nervous system to reduce tension and helps to clear your mind of negative thoughts.
  3. Lavender also helps reduce anti-inflammatory issues in people again by way of the endocrine system.  By using lavender both topically and by drinking tea, inflammation markers have proven to be reduced in people.
  4. Relieves tension headaches and migraines by reducing stress tension.
  5. Lavender us also used on hair to help strengthen and induce hair growth at the follicles.
  6. For centuries lavender has been crushed and used directly on wounds and it has been found to greatly reduce infection.
  7. Protects the heart by reducing tension and stress that ultimately stress the heart.
  8. Using lavender can also help the skin through it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Lavender mixed with frankincense and applied first thing in the morning and before bed each night on aching joints has found to significantly reduce inflammation.
  9. Lavender has been shown to prevent brain oxidative stress and improve cognitive impairment (man, I need to sniff more of this stuff… you know HOW many times I forget something I went to a room to get??) which is crucial to the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients.
  10. And lastly, lavender has been shown to reduce risks and symptoms of diabetes, although there needs to be more research in this area, it is a potentially promising natural remedy.

Not to shabby for a “weed”.  Also as an interesting side note, if you get “car sick” having a bit of this to sniff will help alleviate those symptoms.

Personal testimonial:  I started to use lavender to help with relaxation (along with other methods) and I found that lavender helped so much to reduce my anxiety and have an overall calming affect on my body.  Something I did not anticipate was that by using lavender, my finger joints felt better as well—I have my grandma Anderson’s arthritis fingers already 🙁  This little gem of a flower is pretty potent!

I use ARBONNE LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL, from lavender leaf with calming and relaxing scent.  You can also diffuse this oil to promote a relaxing, calming and gentle environment.

For topical use:
Dilute oil, using 1-2 drops for every 4oz liquid.
Add to a diffuser to:
Promote a relaxing, gentle environment.
Provide a calming scent that neutralizes odors.
Apply 1–2 drops to:
Bottoms of feet to enhance feelings of relaxation.
Massage oils or lotions for a relaxing scent.
Shampoos and body washes to promote radiant-looking hair and skin.
Bath with Epsom salts, creating a spa-like relaxation experience.
Pulse points for a relaxing scent.
Dryer sheet to freshen laundry.

Water in a spray bottle to refresh linens, pillows and mattresses.

You can also find lavender oil at any of your grocery stores that have a health food section or at a natural grocers or organic whole foods store.  There are many great options but choose a GOOD QUALITY ESSENTIAL OIL, preferably organic (no pesticides) to get the true benefits.


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