If you’ve been looking for a natural way to ease anxiety and to find new ways to relax, you’ve come to the right place. You may have heard that lavender oil is good for relaxation and can calm your nerves. Today we discuss the effects of lavender oil for relaxation and the many ways you can use this beautiful smelling plant.
Lavender is a perennial plant and herb that is native to the Mediterranean but grows wild all over the world. Savvy gardeners cultivate it because of its beautiful smell and ability to repel insects and mosquitos. Plants like lavender were used medicinally by Egyptians, Romans and the Native Americans throughout history because of their therapeutic properties. Lavender continues to be an extraordinary herb used for its antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties — along with its ability to soothe you to sleep and calm anxiety. Subsequently, lavender is one of the most well-studied plants in the world. If you were to add just one essential oil to your life, lavender would be an excellent choice.
Because anxiety disorders are so prevalent in modern times, studies have been conducted to see if lavender could induce anxiolytic— a fancy way of saying “anxiety inhibiting”— effects. A host of studies –– including a 2019 study with over 10,000 participants –– have shown that inhaling lavender essential oil can have a calming effect, helping you to relax in stressful situations. This makes it an ideal and natural way for people of all ages to calm nervous energy and help find some peaceful vibes. For this reason, qualified aromatherapists may advertise their services as anxiety-reducing.
When it comes to choosing a high-quality essential oil, there are a few things you need to watch out for to make sure you are purchasing something pure and natural. You get what you pay for when it comes to essential oils because many products do not contain a high concentration of the botanical and are mostly carrier oils. That doesn’t mean that all expensive products are high quality either, which is why you want to buy from a reputable source or brand.
We have different types of essential oils with varying concentration levels so you can find the right one for the job. Our lavender essential oil, for example, is available in five varieties so you can choose which one is best for your needs. We clearly mark each product with CosIng database functions to help you understand how the product can be used and if it is safe. CosIng is a database for ingredients used in cosmetics.
If you want to try lavender oil for relaxation and to help you feel calm and rested, there are many easy ways to incorporate this soothing oil into your daily routine. Many people are looking for a natural and affordable way to relieve stress and anxiety, so we recommend trying some of our favourite ways to use lavender essential oil below.
The simplest way to relax with lavender essential oil is to use a diffuser. You can do this in one of two ways: with heat or steam. Heat diffusers are simple and do not require electricity. A heat diffuser allows you to disperse the scent into the air by placing a tea light candle underneath a holder where the essential oil is placed. A modern steam diffuser is a gadget that is plugged in or charged and filled with water and essential oils. Different types of diffusers work in various ways, but basically, steam is released with tiny particles of the essential oil into the air. There’s debate on what kind of diffuser is best — ultrasonic, nebulising or evaporative— so we’ll let you decide. A diffuser is a great way to freshen up your house while enjoying the benefits of lavender oil.
You may have attended a yoga class where they put an eye pillow filled with lavender over your eyes during Savasana. Lavender is commonly used in aromatherapy treatments like eye and neck pillows that you can warm up in the microwave or chill in the fridge depending on the type of application needed. If you are handy with a sewing machine, you can easily make your own lavender eye pillow. All you need is some soft fabric, flax seeds, dried lavender and lavender essential oil. Whenever you are feeling stressed, lay down and cover your eyes with the lavender-filled pillow to feel your troubles melt away.
Lavender is a common ingredient in many lotions, soaps and skincare products, which you can buy ready-made. But, if you are itching to make your own skin and body care products, we have everything you need. There are many reasons to make natural skincare products— maybe you have sensitive skin, want vegan products that are hard to find or have become extra crafty during the quarantine. Whatever your reason, you’ll find many easy recipes on our website. We especially love this freshening body wash that is 100% natural and easy to customise. Or maybe you’ve joined the oil cleanser tribe— make this perilla seed oil cleanser with a touch of lavender essential oil. If you are interested in making natural or organic products for everyday use, check out our natural skincare courses.
If you have sore, tired muscles or dry skin you can make your own massage oil or body butter with relaxing lavender. Our recipe for watermelon seed body oil combines several nourishing carrier oils— apricot, avocado and watermelon—which are all available on our website. You don’t want to use any old oil for massaging into your skin, so make sure to choose the right ones when making body oil. You can customise the massage oil based on your skin type, as each oil has unique properties. Avocado oil is very nourishing with many vitaminsincludingvitamin D, which is especially useful for anti-ageing. Body butter is a great alternative to help moisturise those really dry areas like the elbows, knees and hands. These can all be customised from the selection on our website.
Have you ever thought to use lavender in cooking? You may have seen “herbes de Provence”, which is a herb blend that often includes lavender in the mix. Our favourite way to use lavender in cooking is to add a dash to breakfast muffins or scones served with a lovely cuppa. Lavender has also become hip to add to ice cream for a gourmet flair. Whether you are in the mood for something sweet or savoury, you can find delicious ways to use lavender in your cooking and baking.
As you can see it’s easy to incorporate lavender into your life to help with relaxation.
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