Lavender is a very popular herb and flower that symbolizes relaxation and good sleep. The Benefits and uses of Lavender are numerous, and lavender oil is a favorite in our household.
Because of all of its benefits for the mind and spirit, we put together this post to show you how you can use it yourself.
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5 Amazing Reasons to use Lavender
Lavender is both a flower and is actually part of the mint family. Like Peppermint, Lavender has a calming effect on the mind.
- Lavender as a Calming agent
- Anxiety Relief
- Pain Reduction
- Better Quality of Sleep
- Headache relief
Lavender as a Calming agent
Using Lavender is a great remedy to help relief stress and put yourself into a calmer state.
You can do this by rubbing a small amount of Lavender essential oil onto your temples, or running a small amount through your hair.
Be careful though, because Lavender is also know to cause drowsiness if applied topically and without other essential oils to balance it out.
You can also use Lavender essential oil for anxiety relief.
One of the best ways I have found to do this is to rub the essential oil into the palms of your hands, and then breathe it in.
Use deep breathes through your nose, hold it for a few seconds and release your breath through your mouth.
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Unknown to most people, Lavender can actually help with pain relief.
Lavender essential oil has anti-inflammatory benefits and can help with swelling around the joints.
When using as an anti-inflammatory, massage the affected area with a few drops of undiluted Lavender essential oil.
Doing this a few times a day should help reduce the pain.
Using a few drops of Lavender oil in a hot bath with Epsom salts can also be a great way to sooth sore muscles.
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Better Quality of Sleep
This is probably the most well know fact about Lavender oil.
Lavender can help relax the mind and create a calm, peaceful state.
If I am having trouble sleeping, I will put a few drops of Lavender oil in my palms and run it through my hair, and rub it on my temples.
This helps me fall asleep quicker, and get a better nights rest.
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There are a few studies that show that Lavender oil can be used to treat migraines.
Diffusing Lavender oil in your home, or using an inhalation method (like the one mentioned above: see Anxiety Relief) can greatly relieve the frequency and intensity of headaches and migraine level headaches.
If you have constant migraines you should always consult your health care practitioner.
How to Grow Lavender: Care, Types and Growing Tips
Lavender can be a beautiful, fragrant addition to your yard or garden.
If you are interested in growing your own lavender, check out this great article by Happy DIY Home.
In their article, they teach you what types of lavender there are and how to pick one.
They also give you insightful planting and growing tips that will help you keep your plants healthy and well.
Have a healthy, peaceful day.
author of a Natural Endeavor
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