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Alternative Health

Lavender oil is one of the most versatile of essential oils!

Lavender oil has been around for centuries!  It has been reported that when the tomb of King Tut was opened, it had the slight fragrance of lavender!

The medical community is still learning more about this versatile oil, but have noted some very positive health benefits.

Some of the health benefits of lavender essential oil, is its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation, and treat respiratory problems.

Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation.

Lavender oil can be useful in many situations:

Bug repellent-  many insects do not like the odor of lavender.

Assists with sleepIt has a relaxing impact on people.  It can often replace modern medicines for sleep issues.

Relieves Stress & Anxiety

Lavender oil has a calming scent which makes it an excellent choice for the nerves and anxiety issues.  *******I have personally used this with dementia patients in an attempt to lower anxiety, with positive results!

Natural antioxidant

Studies have shown lavender oil helps boost the body’s natural antioxidants activity.

May help with diabetes

Studies have shown lavender oil may help control blood sugar levels and other organ benefits.

Assistance with skin issues

Mixing a little lavender oil in with coconut or maybe a household oil and rubbed on skin, has been shown to lessen eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.  With its anti inflammatory properties, it may decrease in itching, swelling & redness

Less is More. When using essential oils, use the smallest amount of essential oil that will get the job done. If 1-2 drops are called for, there is no need to use more than that. Essential oils are very concentrated.

It is also recommended to utilize oil with a “carrier” oil such as coconut, nut or a vegetable oil to create a blend when using on the skin.

Some people may develop an allergic reaction to lavender oil. There are also instances when people experience side effects such as headaches, nausea, vomiting and chills after inhaling or applying the oil topically.  

 

***if you are going to use lavender oil on your skin, it is recommended to do a spot test to see if you may develop a reaction.

 

*********Caution- using lavender oil in addition to taking medications to relax, may heighten/potentiate your medications.**********

 

Source: nih, organic facts

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