How To Use Lavender Essential Oil Medicinally
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
Have you ever bought something online and then when it shows up at your house think… “Now, what am I going to do with THIS?”
Shopping online is like a fantasy world where you really don’t have to think through your purchase 100% – it’s quite magical. I’m a fan.
Well… that is precisely what happened when I was doing some online healthy grocery shopping and loaded up on essential oils.
I’d read a lot about them, but had yet to incorporate them into my wellness routine.
So, when the pretty little box arrived on my doorstep, it was time to figure what just WHAT to do with these seemingly mystical essential oils. I decided to start with lavender… and here is what I found.
What Are Essential Oils
Essential oils are obtained through the process of distillation. The resulting oils have the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it was extracted.
Medicinal Uses For Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil has been used for over 2,500 years for its religious and medicinal purposes. It also hails as one of the most popular oils in the world!
It is made by extracting the oil from the lavender flowers through steam distillation. The oil is then used in aromatherapy treatments and is also administered via infusions, soaps, gels and lotions.
From improving sleep, to reducing anxiety and stress, lavender essential oil also helps heal wounds and alleviate headaches.
Here is how you can use lavender essential oils medicinally that are backed by scientific research studies:
- Massaging the oil into your skin regularly can help alleviate aches and pains
- Research study: It was found that infusing lavender essential oil vapor into oxygen help significantly reduce patient’s postoperative pain.
- Rubbing lavender oil on your scalp can help increase hair growth
- Research study: A Scottish study found that 40 percent of alopecia patients had hair growth when regularly using the oil
- Reduce suffering and migraine pain by inhaling lavender essential oil for 15 minutes
- Toxins and chemicals in your daily environment can damage your body’s immune system.
- Antioxidants protect your body from toxins and free radicals
- Research study: A China study found that within 22 hours of using the oil, it helps your body produce powerful antioxidants
- Another study found that your cells are protected from damage (that can lead to cancer) as a result of diffusing lavender essential oil everyday for 60 minute.
- Lavender oil’s calming effects helps relax your body, allowing you to enjoy restful sleep
- Research Study: A study found that the oil showed immediate results on people struggling with insomnia.
- Another study concluded that lavender oil improved the quality of sleep for 60 percent of college students.
- The oil protects your body from increasing its blood glucose level
- Research study: A 15 day study found that lavender oil helps shield your body from metabolic disorders, weight gain, increase in blood glucose, and antioxidants depletion.
- Helps speed up the healing of cuts, wounds, scrapes, and burns
- Effective in fighting bacteria and fungal infections
- Mix with clove, tea tree, or cinnamon oil for best results
- Protects against neurological damage
- Helps alleviate sleep disturbances, depression, and anxiety
- Research Study: High-risk postpartum women discovered that diffusing lavender oil in their home reduced anxious and depressed feelings
Are you currently using lavender essential oil? Please SHARE with HOW in the comments below.
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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