Lavender is a highly versatile herb that can be used for a variety of purposes. No wonder that the oil derived from lavender is regarded as the “universal” oil – so varied are its uses and benefits. From medicinal treatments and cosmetic use, to its benefits as a purely pampering, mood enhancing therapy-there are any number of ways that lavender can be used to boost overall health and general well-being.
Lavender, also known as lavandula angustifolia, is an essential herb that is cultivated mainly for its oil. This oil contains several anti-inflammatory properties which can help to treat minor wounds and insect bites. Lavender also has antiseptic qualities.
There is enough research documenting that essential lavender oils can also be used to help successfully treat symptoms of depression, and anxiety. Lavender oils can be used as a successful steep stimulant for those who suffer from insomnia, and can help relax people who suffer from restlessness. This oil is also very often used in helping soothe digestive problems including gas, nausea, and abdominal swelling.
One study that was conducted by researchers at Kings College in London actually found that the scent of lavender can help soothe dental patients anxious about their treatment. Other researchers have successfully used lavender scent to help relieve pain in children who had undergone tonsillectomy. It was found that children, who were exposed to lavender scents along with acetaminophen painkillers, were much less likely to rely on acetaminophen to control the pain.
Throughout history, lavender therapy has been used in a variety of ways for a range of benefits. Use dried lavender herb to make herbal tea, or add dried lavender to pillows to induce sleep. Drop a few sprigs of dried lavender in simmering water for an instant room freshener. Lavender- infused water can be used as a post-shower rinse to treat dandruff.
Use lavender oil as an instant mood elevator, via a light bulb diffuser. Sprinkle a few drops on your wrist and use it as perfume, or as a personal mood enhancement tool.
Dab lavender oil on a cold sore or a minor wound, or on a sunburn to lower pain. A drop of lavender oil can be put on an open wound to kill bacteria, or to soothe skin and relieve itching. Apply lavender oil on dry, itchy skin, or on lips to smooth them. Rub a few drops on your temple, or create a hot or cold lavender-infused compress to banish that pesky headache. Lavender oil can also be massaged into your head or neck, to receive stress or tension headaches.