Lavender Oil - History, Uses, and Tips
Posted on November 21 2015
Let’s face it, we could all use a little therapy. There’s shop-therapy, physical therapy, even “that cookie you impulse bought in line at the grocery store” therapy - but my personal favorite is aromatherapy!
And out of all the aromatherapy there is, there's one that's my favorite kind of therapy, which I will affectionately call: Lavender Therapy.
The Romans used lavender in their grand baths, particularly for their healing soaks. It helped soothe the nerves, and was an aid for relaxation. The Greeks used it to treat insomnia - something we still use it for today!
When it was brought to England, British royal women would use it as deodorant (another thing we continue to use it for!) In the years since, Lavender has become one of the most popular aromatherapy oils, and for good reason.
Relaxing, refreshing, herbaceous and floral, this essential oil has seemingly endless therapeutic uses especially in cases of acute anxiety, muscle pain, and sleeplessness. If you're new to essential oils and not sure where to begin - this oil is a great start.
To relax, draw a lavender and chamomile-treated bath, since lavender is known for enhancing the effects of other oils with which it is blended. You’ll uplift your senses and refresh tired muscles and feet. Lavender is such a great oil for those starting to learn and use essential oils because it enhances the effects of other oils so well.
Try your own favorite blend and feel its effects enhanced of by adding the soft smell of lavender.
Many moms out there are grateful to Lavender oil: just massage a small amount on the bottom of the little one’s feet and viola! It’s bedtime! Then help yourself to one or two drops on your pillow for a calming experience that ensures peaceful rest.
The name lavender comes from the Latin “lavare,” meaning “to wash.” Since its discovery, its antiseptic qualities have been applied to acne, hives, bruises, and chapped skin. Lavender essential oil is remarkably gentle and known to reduce scarring in cases of burns, though you should always be careful and not use on open wounds.
There are upwards of 50 known uses for Lavender essential oil - meaning there's bound to be one that applies to you! That means it’s time to throw out that check-out aisle cookie, and get a new soothing routine that will relax your muscles and calm your mind (without increasing your waistline!).