Lavender is a popular, versatile and one of the most well known essential oils in the world. The ancients used essential oils for everything from scenting the home to curing disease. Lavender has easily maintained its popularity through ancient and modern times. And many people have enjoyed its remarkable qualities.
Lavender Oil Background
Lavender holds an important place in modern aromatherapy practice. And Lavender oil is sought out by many people for various purposes. Lavender oil is steamed from a shrub called Lavandula angustifolia. Did you know that ancient Romans used Lavender for its healing qualities and to chase away insects? It's true! Greeks used lavender to scent their homes and as a perfume. The Egyptians used lavender to scent their incense. And even Queen Elizabeth was well aware of lavenders many curative virtues. In fact, she regularly drank lavender tea to soothe her migraines.
Lavenders Many Virtues
Lavender is a perfect essential oil for the following:
Helps to relieve tired muscles.
Thought to relieve constipation
Relieves the itching occurring from insect bites
Relieves itchy skin conditions caused by dermatitis.
Reduces bacterial infection
Gets rid of athletes foot
Relieves pain caused by minor burns
Relieves pain of minor wounds
Lowers the blood pressure
Relieves anxiety and fears
Reduces panic attacks
Reduces dependency or substance abuse
Used to clean and heal wounds
Great for aging skin
Great for curing warts
Good for stretch marks
How to Use Lavender
Inhale lavender essential oils to relieve anxiety and to relax the mind. Try adding a few drops to running bath water to prepare a relaxing bath. Make a massage oil out of the lavender by mixing a few drops with baby oil and massaging tired muscles in the body. Helps the body to relax. Place a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow for a peaceful relaxing sleep. Mix with a carrier oil (sunflower oil) to soothe sunburned skin or dry skin. Purchase lavender tea or use a few drops of lavender in warm water and
stir in a natural sweetener to relieve migraines.
Where to Purchase
Lavender essential oils are available at local health food stores, drug stores and on the Internet.
Aromatherapy, A Healing Guide to the healing power of scent, by Nicola Jenkins
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