Scientific Name: Lavandula
Higher Classification: Lamiaceae
Lower Classification: Lavandula atriplicifolia
As an herb, lavender has been in documented use for over 2,500 years. In ancient times lavender was used for mummification and perfume by the
Egyptians, Phoenicians, and peoples of Arabia.
Romans used lavender oils for bathing, cooking, and scenting the air, and they most likely gave it the Latin root from which we derive the modern name (either lavare--to wash, or livendula--livid or bluish). The flower's soothing "tonic" qualities, the insect-repellent effects of the strong scent, and the use of the dried plant in smoking mixtures also added to the value of the herb in ancient times.
Lavender Essential Oil is most often extracted from the flowers through a process called steam distillation and offers many natural and wonderful benefits to your health and home. Lavender oil benefits include positive affects on your physical, mental and emotional states.
Lavender Oil as a Relaxant
One of the most commonly enjoyed benefits of Lavender Essential Oil is its stress reducing, tension relieving, relaxation inducing properties. Lavender Oil is a sedative and helps with depression by improving mood and outlook. Lavender essential oil’s calming scent eases the nerves and feelings of anxiety.
You can benefit from Lavender Oil in the treatment of headaches. It lowers emotional and mental stress while helping to increase clarity of thought and mental activity.
Those suffering from insomnia can benefit from its use as Lavender essential oil can induce sleep.
Lavender Oil as a Pain Reliever
Lavender essential oil is also often used to treat various aches and pains such as sore or tense muscles, joint pain, rheumatism, and sprains. Lavender Oil benefits also include relief from back pain. Getting a Lavender Oil massage will ease away many tension and pains!
Lavender Oil for Respiratory Health
Lavender Essential Oil provides an excellent therapeutic benefit for throat infections, the flu, colds, and sinus congestions. It is also great in treating asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory ailments.
Lavender Oil for Improved Circulation
Lavender essential oil lowers blood pressure and improves blood circulation. It has also been used to treat urinary disorders since it promotes urine production and hormone balance as well as reduces inflammation of the urinary bladder.
Lavender oil benefits digestion as it increases intestinal mobility. The essential oil also stimulates the production of gastric juices and bile and aids in treating indigestion, stomach pain, colic, flatulence, vomiting, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal ailments.
Lavender Oil Benefits for General Health
Lavender Essential Oil has so many amazing benefits for your general health. Use it regularly to enhance your immune system and help resist infections and diseases. Lavender Oil also helps reduce fevers and relieves sinusitis.
Lavender Oil is an excellent insect repellent and is used in many over the counter mosquito repellents. It can be used to soothe itchy insect bites and prevent them from leaving scars on your skin.
Studies have shown that lavender has powerful antibacterial, antiseptic, and antibiotic properties. It kills the bacteria that cause many diseases including typhoid. This makes Lavender Essential Oil a great tool for treating cuts and scrapes.
Lavender essential oil benefits also include relief from headaches, earaches, migraines, and menstrual cramps.
Lavender Oil and Skin Care
Lavender is said to inhibit the bacteria that causes skin infection. Due to the antiseptic and antifungal properties found in Lavender Essential Oil it can be used to treat and soothe various skin problems like acne and psoriasis, cuts, scrapes, burns, and sunburns. Sufferers of Chicken Pox will find relief in the soothing benefits of Lavender Oil and appreciate how it prevents scarring.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your Physician