Lavender Essential Oils: A Love Affair

Essential oils have fascinating and powerful benefits to our mental, emotional, and physical bodies. We can use essential oils to influence and shift our emotional states of being, heal physical wounds, and create a supportive physical environment in which we feel good.

 

ESSENTIAL OILS, POWERFUL AND FASCINATING

 

Using essential oils to promote health and healing and for emotional health has been documented for centuries!

In fact, 1500 B.C. is the date of the first written documentation of the uses of essential oils, and humans were only just starting to communicate in the written word right around that time, and the knowledge is said to have dated even earlier.

Despite this fact, for me, it’s only the beginning of my passionate love affair and appreciation of them.

There are many, and their benefits and contributions are evident and endless, creating a fascinating trail of information of the varied and powerful uses of essential oils.

This excites the heck out of me!

 

I LOVE ME A GOOD SCENT

I’ve used some essential oils here and there in the past.

I’ve made some bug spray, flea collars, bath bombs, and laundry soap.

And I like to add them to my mop water when I clean my floors.

When I was younger, I was kinda obsessed with nicely scented…anything…candles, lip balm, shower gel, body sprays, perfumes, clean laundry, other people’s hair!

And to this day, I love me something that smells nice.

And now I know why!

 

SCENTS INFLUENCE HOW WE FEEL

Just like music playing at a party, scents strongly influence how we feel.

And like when we connect with music, when we connect with aromas, especially ones from Nature, we may feel ourselves shift and even lift vibrations, feeling even better.

 

LAVENDER IS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Today I want to focus a light on Lavender Essential Oil.

Lavender essential oil is said to be the most used essential oil globally, and it’s definitely the one I’ve used the most.

Lavender is most well known because of its calming effects on the body and mind.

But Lavender essential oil has many other well-known benefits too!

It can be used aromatically, topically, and internally.

(Caveat: Not all essential oil brands are created equal, and not all can or should be ingested.)

Lavender oil is so versatile that some herbalists believe, “when in doubt, use lavender”.

Lavender essential oils prominent properties are impressive, aren’t they?

 

Sedative

Astringent

Antihistamine

Cytophylactic – “stops disintegration of cell membranes, as seen in viral infections”

Antispasmodic

Antidepressant

Analgesic

Hypotensive

Nervine

Relaxing

Soothing

Antibacterial

Regenerative

Cardiotonic

 

EVIDENCE CLEARLY SHOWS THE SAFE & EFFECTIVE BENEFITS OF LAVENDER

SLEEP ISSUES, STRESS & ANXIETY,TEETH GRINDING,  EMOTIONAL BALANCE

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16520572

Conclusion: According to the study results, it can be concluded that the lavender fragrance had a beneficial effect on insomnia and depression in women college students. Repeated studies are needed to confirm effective proportions of lavender oil and carrier oil for insomnia and depression.

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16298774

Lavender increased the percentage of deep or slow-wave sleep (SWS) in men and women. All subjects reported higher vigour the morning after lavender exposure, corroborating the restorative SWS increase.

 

PAINS AND STRAINS, ARTHRITIS, WOUND CARE

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15778570

The result of this study clearly shows that aromatherapy has major effects on decreasing pain and depression levels. Based on our experiment’s findings, we suggest that aromatherapy can be a useful nursing intervention for arthritis patients.

 

ALLERGIES AND HAY FEVER, ASTHMA

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24909715

Lvn inhibits allergic inflammation and mucous cell hyperplasia with suppression of T-helper-2 cell cytokines and Muc5b expression in a murine model of asthma. Consequently, Lvn may be useful as an alternative medicine for bronchial asthma.

 

MIGRAINES AND HEADACHES

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22517298

The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches.

 

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21157172

Aromatherapy (LAVENDER, LEMON, YLANG YLANG is effective in lowering systolic blood pressure and sympathetic nerve system activity.

 

I also read this on PubMed:

Lavender is alleged to have a variety of therapeutic and curative properties, ranging from inducing relaxation to treating parasitic infections, burns, insect bites, and spasm. There is growing evidence suggesting that lavender oil may be an effective medicament in the treatment of several neurological disorders. Several animal and human investigarions suggest anxiolytic, mood stabilizer, sedative, analgesic, and anticonvulsive and neuroprotective properties for lavender.”

 

That last part about Lavender oil being neuro-PROTECTIVE should serve us as a reminder that not only can we use the healing properties of essential oil when we are afflicted with malady or discomfort, but that we can also use them as way to strengthen our body’s defense mechanisms.

 

I’m excited for what this love affair with essential oils is going to bring to my family, friends and I!

 

Do you use essential oils? Do you have any success stories you’d like to share? I love to hear about it if you have.

Jaime Brooks

Jaime Brooks

Coach and Instructor

Certified BestLife Coach, BestLife Ambassador and Instructor, as well as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.

Early on in her life, Jaime struggled with chronic illness and emotional self-doubt, but through achieving her own personal transformation creating health and happiness, she has developed a burning desire to help others achieve the same.

Jaime uses the knowledge and tools she has acquired along her healing journey, including the Freedom Release Method, to help her clients move forward, create success stories of their own, and live their best life.