Lavender has long been celebrated for its calming and relaxing properties and soothing scent. It comes from, you guessed it, the lavender plant, an evergreen shrub with clumps of beautiful purple flowers. It is originally native to northern Africa but today it is grown throughout Europe, North America and Australia. The benefits of lavender oil for relaxation are well known, and today we’ve got a few tips to help you take advantage.
Lavender has a pretty impressive history. It has been used for over 2,500 years by various civilizations. Ancient Persians, Greeks, and Romans added the flowers to their bathwater to help wash and purify their skin. Egyptians used lavender as a perfume and during the mummification process. Later, in Medieval Europe, it was used as a natural disinfectant and deodorant, scatted throughout the rushes on floors. Here are a few tips on how to use it today.
- To calm anxiety, apply lavender oil to the temples or forehead to relieve stress.
- To fight fatigue, add a few drops to a warm foot bath and let your feet soak.
- In the shower, add a few drops to your shampoo and wash as normal.
- Place a few drops on a tissue or handkerchief and inhale whenever you are feeling anxious.
- Nervous flyer? Rub some lavender oil on the soles of your feet, your wrists and your temples for an immediate calming effect.
- To help improve sleep, place a few drops on a cloth or tissue and place under your pillow.
- Use lavender oil in a diffuser anywhere in the house to help create a calming environment.
- Add some lavender to the bath and soak before getting into bed.
- Rub a few drops of the oil into your palms, then cup your hands and breathe in the calming scent.
The benefits of lavender oil for calming and balancing the mind are well known simply because it works!
Lavender oil is considered the most versatile oil. Not only is it the perfect natural relaxation tool, it is also great for all-natural cleaning, for natural healing of cuts and scrapes, for natural soothing of insect bites, even for natural dandruff relief.
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Sleep – we all need it, that’s a fundamental fact of life. Too little sleep and we’re talking not only a supreme lack of energy, but also a weakened immune system, sluggish thought processing, weight gain and even a compromised ability to properly regulate your blood sugar. So, if you’re not getting enough sleep, we’re here to help. Lavender oil is well-known for its sleep inducing properties, so here are a few ways to take advantage.
Take a warm bath. What better way is there to relax the mind and body than a hot soak in the tub? Help get your body ready for sleep by adding several drops of lavender oil to the bath water as the tub fills up. Also, try adding some Epson salts – stress drains the body of magnesium and Epsom salts are rich in this very important mineral.
Fill the air and breathe deep by adding some lavender oil to an essential oil diffuser. This will not only help you sleep, it will fill your bedroom with a soothing, refreshing scent.
Or, for something super easy yet super effective, try some lavender scented pillows. Check out this video on how:
Using lavender oil for sleep is an easy, all natural way to get those required hours in. Don’t let too few hours make you cranky – or your body and mind angry either. Stock up today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.
Lavender essential oil is well known for soothing the mind and body. It is often used to reduce anxiety and stress and as a good natural antidepressant, which is excellent when the daylight seems harder to come-by this time of the year. It is known to promote better, more restful sleep – something we could all use.
In addition to calming the mind and body, lavender is a natural analgesic- so it is a great natural helper with pain. It is an anti-inflammatory, so it may help speed the recovery of torn muscle tissue and is often used for arthritis, nerve pain, and muscle spasms. It has a very cooling effect, especially when you spray it on.
Want some ideas to take advantage of lavender essential oil this winter? Here are just a few!
- Put a couple drops of lavender oil on a towel folded in the bottom of the laundry basket to stop even the dirtiest clothes from stinking up your bedroom/closet.
- Stressed? Put 5-10 drops into a warm bath. The steam will help release the properties, and the warmth will just help you relax.
- Mix a few drops with water in a small spray bottle and spray it onto your pillow every night. This will help clear your mind and help you achieve that restful sleep we were talking about earlier.
- Keeping skin moisturized is crucial during the dry winter season. Add a few drops to unscented lotion, then rub it in circular motions to help it enter your pores.
- Add a few drops to your vacuum bag to help release the scent of lavender throughout your home as you clean.
- Equip your home with an essential oil diffuser and add a few drops of lavender oil whenever you’re looking for a little pick-me-up.
- Keep cold and flu germs at bay with a cleaner made with lavender oil (mix it with water in a spray bottle).
- Too late to avoid that sniffly nose? Break up congestion by adding five drops to your humidifier each day.
- Get some instant relief, and instant immune boosting properties, by adding 1 – 3 drops of lavender oil to a travel size package of tissues.
At Thursday Plantation, we know how great lavender oil is – hence the reason we are always sharing great uses for it with you. Want to stock up before the winter really hits us hard?
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Welcome to week two of our lavender oil blog series. Last week we dove right into the many lavender oil benefits, and this week we are changing things up with a video that covers some of those same benefits as well as some of the science behind this versatile essential oil.
First, check out this great video from ActiveBeat.
Ok, let’s get the science out of the way so we can actually talk about why we love lavender! Lavender oil is the essential oil obtained by distillation from the flower spikes of certain species of lavender. This results in two forms – lavender flower oil, a colourless oil which is insoluble in water, and Lavender Spike Oil, a distillate from the herb Lavandula latifolia.
Lavender essential oil, like all essential oils, is not a pure compound; it is a complex mixture of naturally occurring phytochemicals, including linalool and linalyl acetate. Other components include α-pinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, cis- and trans-ocimene, 3-octanone, camphor, caryophyllene, terpinen-4-ol and lavendulyl acetate.
Ok great – so now that we’ve covered that, let’s get to the good stuff. Lavender oil is beneficial because of its disinfectant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and aromatherapy properties. It is used for everything from relaxation to treating respiratory issues.
Want to know how to take advantage of these benefits? Stay tuned – next week we will cover just that!
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