Relieving pain, disinfecting the skin, relaxing nerves, improving circulation and breathing are just some of the benefits that lavender essential oil provides. Lavender comes from the word ‘Lavare’ which in Latin means ‘to wash’, and has a very pleasant aroma.
The oil is obtained from the flowers of the plant of the same name by steam distillation technique. Lavender flowers have been used for a long time to make natural fragrances, its oil have been used to make perfumes, it is also used in aromatherapy and similar techniques. In addition, lavender oil can be mixed with other essential oils such as cedar, pine or nutmeg and the result is very good. Currently, lavender essential oil is frequently used in aromatherapy, gels, lotion, soaps and infusions.
Other health benefits of lavender essential oil
The characteristic fragrance of lavender oil is very effective against mosquitoes, gnats or moths. When you want to be outdoors, apply lavender oil on the skin and you should be able to avoid insect bites. If an insect also stings it, apply lavender oil on the infected area and this will prevent inflammation by reducing infection and pain.
It helps with sleeping
If you have any difficulty falling asleep, lavender essential oil is used as an alternative treatment for insomnia. Several studies in older patients have shown how sleep is regulated when they replaced their normal medications for lavender oil drops on the pillow. The relaxing impact therefore causes the drugs to be replaced by the effects of the oil.
Lavender oil is effective in the treatment against lice and nits, also prevents hair loss, this is important for those suffering from alopecia who should rub the scalp with lavender oil.
An investigation concluded that aromatherapy, especially with lavender oil, has positive effects on blood circulation, in addition to lowering blood pressure so it is used in hypertensive patients. In other words, the organs increase their oxygenation as well as increasing brain activity, the skin looks softer and brighter and the risks of heart attack and other conditions related to poor circulation decrease.
Reduce anxiety and relieve stress
The Lavender oil aroma is a natural painkiller for anxiety and nerves, it is also useful to relieve migraines, depression, headaches and stress. The refreshing aroma puts an end to nervous exhaustion and tension while increasing mental activity, a study showed that those exposed to lavender oil showed a decrease in mental stress and anxiety, as well as an increase in their cognitive function.
Among the most beneficial oils to treat acne, lavender essential oil is found by medical dermatologists and aromatherapy specialists as one of the best. This condition of the skin so uncomfortable that affects mainly adolescents in the stage of puberty, can also manifest in adults. These are red sores on the skin caused by an infectious bacteria in the sebaceous gland. When it cannot work properly secreting sebum on the face, it accumulates and the skin becomes irritated, infected and some sores appear leaving scars on the face. Lavender oil turns the bacteria without effect and helps regulate the secretion, it can also help to heal after the acne has already manifested, it can be used adding a little oil to other skin creams and the results will be noticed as a lot of relief and healing.
The movement of food in the body is favored with lavender oil that also stimulates the production of gastric juices and bile, helping in the treatment of stomach pains, flatulence and diarrhea and vomiting.
Muscle pain, back pain, sprains and even rheumatism pain can be alleviated with joint massages that include lavender oil. A study on pain after a surgery determined that the mixture of lavender oil vapor in the patient’s oxygen considerably reduces the pain experienced, compared to those who only received oxygen after leaving a postoperative anesthesia.
It is a great diuretic
Lavender oil is also used to relieve urinary problems as it stimulates the production of urine while correcting the hormonal balance and decreases cystitis and inflammation of the bladder. If there are cramps related to these problems, it also sooths them.
Improvement of respiratory problems
There are a number of respiratory problems such as cough, asthma, congestion, flu or cold, including throat infections and bronchitis to name just a few that can be relieved thanks to the use of lavender essential oil. In these cases, lavender oil in the form of vapor is applied to the neck and chest. One option is to use vaporizers and cold inhalers to inhale lavender oil vapor, which can loosen phlegm and relieve congestion. It also has antibacterial properties that help fight against respiratory problems.
Increase immunity system
The essential oil of lavender used regularly has an antiviral and antibacterial effect that makes our body better resistant to some threats such as tuberculosis and diphtheria, although this does not in any way replace a formal immunization plan.
As with any treatment, special attention should be given to pregnant or lactating women. It is advisable to avoid its use in these cases, the same with patients who suffer from diabetes. As with all treatment this particular one should not be excessive, so if you feel nausea, vomiting or your skin reacts to oil, you should discontinue its use immediately.
NOTE: Never ingest the oil, only inhaled through aromatherapy or applied to the skin, ingestion can cause serious problems.