Lavender essential oil is the perfect tonic to improve the state of the nervous system. Its calming and relaxing properties are well known. The scent alone has the ability to remove nervous restlessness and exhaustion, and increase the mind's ability to think clearly. It has been used to successfully treat migraines, headaches, emotional stress, anxiety, and depression long before there were ever drug treatments for such things. To benefit from using lavender essential oil for this purpose you can put a few drops in a clean spray bottle with water and spray some around your home. This is also a great way to help you relax before going to bed. In addition you can put a drop of lavender essential oil on a cotton ball and tuck it in the corner of your pillow case, or purchase an eye pillow with scented with it to put over your eyes to help you relax.
Lavender Essential oil is commonly extracted from the Lavender plants by steam distillation. Traditionally it has been used for its healing powers from a sedative to a natural antiseptic.It was also commonly harvested for its unique aroma which has been prized not only as an excellent ingredient in perfumes but also in sachets and potpourris.
For centuries, English farmers used Lavender flowers to prevent headaches and sunstroke by placing the buds in their hats while they worked.
Interestingly, during World War I Lavender was used by hospitals as an antiseptic and disinfectant, treating wounds and sterilizing medical equipment.Today, we use Lavender in much the same way. You’ll find it in a myriad of products ranging from bubble bath to high end skin care products and even topical scar treatment medicine.That being said, it has become much more economical for some companies to use synthetic Lavender fragrance oil which does not offer the same therapeutic benefits as its natural counterpart.
Lavender essential oil has been widely used as a treatment for insomnia for centuries. In addition it helps to reduce different types of pain quite successfully such as muscle pain, rheumatism, sprains, backache, and lumbago. If you have sore joints massaging them with an oil such as sweet almond that contains a few drops of lavender essential oil can be the best remedy.
Lavender essential oil has also been used to treat the common cold, and other upper respiratory ailments. One option for using lavender essential oil for this purpose is either to use it in a vaporizer or inhaler such as would be used if someone had a cold or a cough. Another option is to apply the essential oil directly to the skin of the chest, neck and back. Remember a little goes a long way! Also test it out on a small patch of skin to be sure you will not have an allergic reaction.
Another nice thing about lavender essential oil is that it has both antiseptic and anti-fungal properties and so it can also be used to treat skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis and other types of skin inflammations. In addition you can use lavender essential oil to treat wounds, burns, and sunburns. It is fantastic for these because it accelerates and aids in the formation of scar tissue. You can apply a drop of lavender essential oil directly to cuts, scrapes and scratches to help promote healing. For burns and sunburns you want to cool the skin down with cold water or ice then drip some lavender essential oil onto the burn. You can then spread the oil gently with a tissue covered finger, in about 30 minutes the pain should be gone. This and tea tree oil are the only oils that should ever be put undiluted on the skin. Also, avoid the eye area.