Lavender essential oil is one of the most beneficial oils out there! It is one of the gentlest essential oils, yet powerful enough to provide a wide plethora of healing properties and household uses. It is obtained from the flowers of the lavender plant, typically through steam distillation. The flowers themselves are fragrant and have been long used for making potpourri and perfumes. So, it`s no wonder that lavender oil is often used in aromatherapy, various aromatic combinations, soaps, lotion, gels, and infusion. It blends well with essential oils like geranium, clary sage, pine, cedarwood, and nutmeg.
Lavender essential oil has quite a complex structure, containing up to 150 constituents. Some of its healing properties include analgesic, sedative, hypotensive, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antispasmoic, and detoxifying properties.
A team of researchers from Florida discovered that lavender essential oil reduces anxiety and lowers pulse rates in an all-natural way. In hospital settings, it was shown to reduce pre-surgery distress and to be even more relaxing than massage.
When it comes to its additional medicinal properties, it has been shown to ease labor pain, treat insomnia, and reduce depression. Many people claim that it helped them relieve respiratory condition like sinus congestion, bronchitis, and whooping cough; acne, pain, headaches, and hangovers. Furthermore, it is even beneficial for the hair as it was found to work against lice eggs, lice, and nits. It stimulates hair growth and serves as great preventative measure against male pattern baldness.
As this article focuses on its ability to treat headache and anxiety, let`s discuss this in more detailed way. Namely, its refreshing scent eliminates nervous restlessness and exhaustion while boosting mental activity. “Much prior research on lavender has focused on the administration of lavender via an olfactory route. The anxiolytic activity of lavender olfaction has been demonstrated in several small and medium-sized clinical trials.” Its effectiveness in aromatherapy is believed to be due to the effects of the fragranced along with the physiological effects of the volatile oils. According to one study, inhaling lavender oil and rosemary oil prior taking a test decreases the mental stress and anxiety.
DIY Lavender Lemonade with Lavender Essential Oil
- 12 cups pure water
- 6 lemons, peeled and juiced
- 1 drop lavender essential oil
- 1 cup raw honey
- Lavender sprigs
All you have to do is to mix all the ingredients and refrigerate. Simple as that!
Additional Tips on How to Use Lavender Oil For Anxiety and Headaches
- Add two drops of lavender oil to your favorite, unrefined organic oil, such as olive oil or almond oil. Use it as body oil to improve your skin`s quality, ward of insects, relieve headaches, induce sleep, relax the mind, and reduce anxiety.
- Mix five or six drops of lavender essential oil to your bath
- Diffuse ten drops of lavender into the air for a natural stress reliever