Lavender may call to mind sweet commercials of mothers bathing sleepy babies, but did you know that recent studies prove it's one of most versatile essential oils to improve your overall health?
What is lavender oil?
Anyone who has ever walked by a lavender plant can attest to its naturally distinctive floral smell. The scent alone can reduce stress levels--making it
a perfect plant to have nearby--but the magic lies in its oil.
The lavender plant is native to the Mediterranean region and has been used for centuries to soothe the skin and relieve inflammation. The oil is extracted from the plant's flowers, stems, and leaves through a process of steam distillation. This extracted oil is very concentrated, which is why it is often diluted in natural carrier oils like jojoba, sweet almond, and grapeseed.
It's all in your head...or not.
Lavender may seem like a placebo effect to some, but studies have shown it provides tangible and measurable improvements to our bodies in a multitude of ways.
The scent of lavender has been shown to decrease blood pressure and heart rate, making it an excellent choice for those looking to reduce stress. Who isn't looking for a little relaxation in today's fast-paced world? Stress has a systemic effect on the body, which means it won't just make you more susceptible to stomach ulcers or panic attacks, but to skin issues, illness, headaches, fertility issues and heart disease.
Our bodies want to be healthy, and one of the easiest ways we can help our bodies reach that goal is by reducing stress and inflammation. Adding some lavender to your daily routine can help you do just that!
"I don't have insomnia."
Actually, you might.
Do you have trouble falling asleep, waking up frequently throughout the night, and waking earlier than you should?
Most people don't realize that the definition of insomnia can include any of the
above, which means more people suffer from this condition than they realize.
Lavender oil can help!
Knowing lavender's extraordinary benefits when it comes to stress, it's easy to see how its soothing scent can help to ease you into sleep. Not only does it help you fall asleep faster, but it improves the quality of sleep. A randomized trial showed that participants that slept with the scent of lavender nearby woke up feeling more refreshed than those who did not.
Calming the Skin
Lavender has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it an ideal choice for everything from mists to moisturizers. The antiseptic properties in lavender oil can help to soothe irritated skin and protect against breakouts. This is especially helpful for those suffering from acne, eczema, or psoriasis.
Did you know it can even speed up the healing of cuts and bruises?
Talk about a magical oil!
Some great lavender additions to your life
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