Benefits of Lavender Oil
Lavender is the most used and loved herb throughout the world. Its beauty parallels its excellence in plant medicine and its effectiveness as a traditional antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic agent is well confirmed by clinical studies.
It is native to the Mediterranean and southern France, where it thrives in hot, dry climates. For over 2,500 years, lavender has been used for religious and medicinal purposes according to ancient texts. For Roman baths and cooking, freshening the air, to Egyptian mummification, and perfume. The versatility of lavender is quite amazing!
Lavender should be a part of everyone’s “natural” medicine cabinet.
Healing Power of Lavender
Antioxidants Slow Aging
Balance Blood Sugar
Headaches & Migraines
Heals Wounds & Skin Irritation
Reduces Anxiety & Emotional Stress
Each time I see a lavender plant I am amazed by its beauty, fragrance and multitude of uses.
Powerful Antibiotic Activity Inhibits MRSA
Mother Earth Living sites a study published in the journal BioPsychoSocial Medicine that found inhaling the scent of lavender for 10 minutes had a significant effect on the nervous system of women suffering from premenstrual symptoms.
Lavender, safe and efficacious, improves duration and quality of sleep. “Lavender oil has significant beneficial influence on quality and duration of sleep and improved general mental and physical health without causing any unwanted sedative or other drug specific effects.
Efficacious and safe for the relief of anxiety disorder and alleviates anxiety related disturbed sleep,” according to a study published in the National Institutes of Health.
Joseph Mercola, M.D., states lavender suppresses spasms and pain, and contains calming properties.
Every Day Uses
Antibacterial Scouring Cleanser -DIY Cleaning Products
Anxiety & Depression
Relaxing Foot & Bath Soak
Calming Pets & Family
DIY Dryer Sheets
Insect Repellent – Safer and more effective than toxic DEET
Sprinkle on a cloth and place under pillow
Drink tea before retiring. 2-4 t. of dried flowers steeped in boiled water for 10 minutes. Be sure to cover your cup while steeping.
Each time I see a lavender plant I am amazed by its beauty, fragrance and multitude of uses. I have used it for decades to preserve my sanity when beginning a new job, manage unruly children, and today, it continues to be a mainstay in my home.
For relaxing in the bath (sprinkle 5-10 drops under running water or 1-2 T. in a cheesecloth sachet hung from your bath’s faucet), you can also mix with 1-2 cups of Epsom Salts for a calming mineral bath.
To freshen laundry, put a few drops on a cloth in your dryer to scent your clothes.
Relax and unwind by gently dabbing a bit onto your temples, keep sachets in your drawers, pocket, or purse, anywhere to instantly “de-stress.”
Sprinkle a few drops on your vacuum or furnace filter for a lovely, calming fragrance.
My beloved pooch Scampy, benefits from its relaxing elixir after a warm bath and during times of stress, such as Fourth of July fireworks! Dot a smidge onto your pet’s temples. A little goes a long way, so be cautious.
Lavender oil repels many insects (especially mosquitoes!!) and does not poison to protect your loved ones. Add a few drops to your favorite skin lotion (be sure to use safe lotion brands).
You can also use it in your natural cleaning products. It’s a perfect addition to Eden’s DIY scouring cleanser for a great antibacterial scrub.
Growing & Harvesting Lavender
Lavender loves warm weather and thrives in climates that enjoy a hot summer. Typically grown in US zones 5-8. Although it can be grown in zone 4 if you select varieties such as Hidcote or Munstead. While living in the Midwest (zone 4), I discovered my lavender grew fairly well if I mulched it heavily after the cold weather set in and did not rush to uncover it until after the last spring frost.
Unless you are a seasoned gardener, start with lavender plants. Lavender is a perennial (comes back every year) and like most herbs, does not like to “keep its feet wet.”
Grow in full sun in soil that is well-draining. Do not overwater. If you live in a hot, dry climate you will need to water more frequently.
Harvest when the plant blooms. Cut stems down one-third of the way. Wonderful added to a bouquet.
Dry lavender in 1” bundles wrapped with a rubber band. Hang in a cool dry place. Use the dried flowers in tea, sachets, or in the bath.
Important Note: Never use fragrance oils. They do not substitute for essential oils and are commonly made from toxic, artificial chemicals unsuited for medicinal purposes.
Natural medicine is our birth right. Before real medicine was taken over at the turn of the century by mainstream allopathic medicine, virtually every malady that afflicted humanity was treated with herbal medicine. Our divine creator has given us everything we need for our food, medicine, clothing, shelter, etc., in the form of plants and other natural resources.
Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.
-Hippocrates, Father of Medicine 431 B.C.E.
DISCLAIMER: Please remember these treatments options are only meant as guidelines and should not replace the advice or treatment provided by your holistic health practitioner. It is always good to seek the advice of your functional medicine doctor, homeopath, naturopath, or herbalist for professional advice in any matter related to your health. This article is for information purposes only.
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