Essential oil of lavender. Benefits, harm, application
Lavender essential oil is the most popular in the world. Lavender is grown to produce a valuable essential oil used in skin care cosmetics and aromatherapy.
Ancient manuscripts testify that it was already used for medicinal and other purposes more than 2500 years ago. The Egyptians, for example, used lavender oil for mummification and also as a perfume. The Romans used it for baths, baking and scenting indoor air.
Properties of lavender essential oil
- Mosquito Repellent: Applying lavender essential oil is effective in controlling many insects such as mosquitoes, midges and moths. The use of lavender oil on exposed areas of the skin repels them. In the case of an existing bite, the oil reduces irritation, redness, itching and pain.
- For sleep: Lavender oil helps to fall asleep, which is why its use is considered as an alternative treatment for insomnia. The duration of sleep, the time of falling asleep and the general condition of the rested person improve. A beneficial effect on sleep regularity among elderly patients has been proven when the usual cure for insomnia was replaced with lavender essential oil applied to the pillow.
- For the nervous system: Lavender essential oil has a calming aroma, which has a beneficial effect on the nervous system. The use of lavender oil is also useful for depression, headaches, migraines, nervous tension and emotional stress. It relieves nervous exhaustion and anxiety, at the same time, it has a beneficial effect on mental activity.Fights acne: Dermatologists claim that the use of lavender essential oils helps in the treatment of acne. They inhibit the bacteria that cause infection, regulate excessive sebum secretion and reduce acne scarring.
- Pain relief: Lavender oil is an excellent remedy for various types of pain, including rheumatism, sprains, back pain, etc. Regular use of lavender oil during massage relieves joint pain.
- From diuresis: lavender oil is used in violation of the urinary system. It restores hormonal balance, relieves inflammation and spasms of the bladder.
- Respiratory ailments: Lavender oil is widely used for various colds such as throat infection, flu, cough, nasal congestion, bronchitis, laryngitis, tonsillitis, etc. It has antibacterial properties that help fight respiratory infections. The oil is used in the form of steam, or applied to the skin of the neck, chest and back.
- For hair: Regular use of lavender oil has been proven to improve hair growth by 44%. In addition, it helps with hair loss, especially in patients with baldness and autoimmune diseases, when the body rejects its own hair follicles. In a study in which more than 40% of patients with baldness took part, it became known that they had improved hair growth after regularly rubbing essential oil into the scalp. The restorative properties of lavender oil can be applied at home by simply adding lavender essential oil to your shampoo or conditioner.In addition to its medicinal properties, lavender oil will add an unforgettable aroma to the shampooing process.
- Cancer: There are observations regarding the effectiveness of lavender in combination with other oils in preventing the occurrence of breast cancer in mice. This is an important indicator of increasing the likelihood of lavender’s fight against carcinogenic effects and cancer.
- Use to improve blood circulation: The essential oil is also used to improve blood circulation in the body. Studies have shown that aromatherapy using lavender had a beneficial effect on coronary circulation, helped lower blood pressure, and was used for arterial hypertension.
- For Digestion: Lavender plant oil is useful for improving digestion, as it speeds up the speed of food movement in the intestines. It also stimulates the production of gastric juice and bile, thereby helping in the treatment of indigestion, stomach pain, colic, flatulence, vomiting and diarrhea.
- For immunity: Regular use of lavender oil provides resistance to various diseases. Lavender has antibacterial and antiviral properties that make it ideal for protecting the body from diseases such as tuberculosis, typhoid and diphtheria.
- For the skin: Due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, the use of lavender oil can help soothe eczema, treat psoriasis, and help with dry skin. It has a brightening effect and relieves hyperpigmentation, helps with small cuts and insect bites, and is effective in combating various fungal infections. It is used for various skin diseases such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, etc. It speeds up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, as it improves the formation of scar tissue.
- Antioxidant effect: The use of lavender oil helps to produce antioxidants that protect against free radicals. Researchers in China have confirmed that lavender oil stimulates the production of the following antioxidants: glutathione, catalase, and SOM (superoxide dismutase). Romanian scientists got similar results, they found that exposure to lavender oil protects cells from malignant neoplasms.
- Used in the treatment of diabetes: Researchers from Tunisia studied the effect of lavender essential oil on blood sugar. As a result, scientists have found that it helps to cope with many symptoms of diabetes.
- For the brain: The oil can help with neurological conditions such as migraines, stress, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, and even Alzheimer’s. Recently, a study was published in a journal that found evidence of preventing brain cell damage in rats with dementia by inhaling lavender oil vapor for a week for 60 minutes a day. Another 2012 study, involving 28 female volunteers, proved the elimination of postpartum depression and anxiety after using lavender oil in the homes where these subjects lived (sprayed for a month, several hours a day).
- Headaches: Millions of people around the world suffer from headaches, high blood pressure and migraines. They are desperately looking for solutions to their problems and getting rid of torment. According to the latest medical research, lavender essential oil is effective for headaches.
Describes one study involving volunteers suffering from migraines, all of whom had to inhale the vapors of lavender essential oil for 15 minutes, three times a day. At the end of the experiment, the subjects noted a significant reduction in pain.
- Motion sickness: inhaling the aroma of lavender oil helps to get rid of the feeling of nausea and motion sickness in transport.
Application of lavender oil
For great results, use 100% natural lavender essential oil in a diffuser next to your bed at night, or in the evening while reading a book and after airing the room. Also, the oil can be applied externally, applied to the area behind the ears, to achieve the above results.
You can apply drops of undiluted oil to the “perfume” points, or dilute it with water for a more subtle aroma.
When applying undiluted oil directly to the skin, rub 2-3 drops of oil between your palms, then massage into skin, hair (or clothing).Alternatively, add 1-2 drops of oil to a bottle of (100 ml) pure water to obtain natural lavender hydrosol.
Try mixing lavender oil with other oils for new unusual and most importantly natural scents. This will also allow you to avoid unnecessary spending on expensive perfumes. You can also make various perfumes with your own hands, getting unsurpassed aromas.
Natural air freshener
To obtain this remedy, dilute a few drops of oil in a bottle of clean water.
Create a relaxing and romantic atmosphere in your bedroom by spraying pillows and blankets with lavender essential oil (use a spray bottle). Also try spraying lavender essential oil on towels in the bath, kitchen, and closet.
Natural lip balm
Lavender oil is ideal for preventing chapped lips and treating chapped and dry lips.
Add 1-2 drops of lavender oil to a small amount of natural shea, jojoba or coconut oil and apply the resulting balm to protect your lips from the negative effects of the sun, dry air or frost.
From motion sickness in transport
If you are prone to motion sickness, spray a little lavender oil on your skin or clothing, and rub it into your temples and wrists.
Harm of lavender essential oil
Any, even the most useful tool, can be harmful if used incorrectly, or used in excess of the norm. So let’s take a closer look at the limitations of using lavender oil.
When using sedatives for insomnia or depression, keep in mind that lavender essential oil can enhance the calming and hypnotic effect. If you have a surgical operation associated with anesthesia, refrain from using this herbal remedy so as not to harm your health.
Pregnancy and children
Due to its ability to relax muscle tissue and also influence hormone levels, lavender essential oil can be harmful when used during pregnancy.
Lavender oil is generally safe for children, however, its ability to influence hormonal levels should be considered.
Lavender oil inside
Lavender oil is mainly used externally or as a method of aromatherapy. Therefore, you should not use this tool inside.
Internal use can cause serious complications and harm to health, characterized by blurred vision, difficulty breathing, burning eyes, vomiting and frequent stools.
Contraindications for using lavender essential oil
Lavender essential oil is considered safe to use, however, people with allergies and pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should use this product with caution or avoid using this product altogether.
In addition, lavender oil is not recommended for patients with diabetes, as it can be harmful to their health. It can also cause allergic reactions in those with extremely sensitive skin. Frequent or excessive use of lavender oil can cause nausea, vomiting, and headaches in some people.
How to choose lavender oil?
When choosing lavender essential oil, it is important to remember that the products that are sold in many pharmacies and stores are most often made from low-quality oils that are diluted with synthetic ingredients. This enables manufacturers to lower prices and increase demand for their products. Therefore, pay attention to the price. If the cost is low, it is safe to say that this essential lavender oil is probably of poor quality or diluted with other components.
And, of course, pay attention to the manufacturer. If you see that all types of oils in the line cost the same, you should not trust such a company. The difference in the pricing of essential oils depends on many factors and cannot be the same not only for different types of oils, but even for one specific oil. The price can change every year, depending on the crop, harvesting conditions and other components.
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