Lavender is one of the most versatile herbs. It is considered the must have oil to keep on hands at all times. It is widely used for its calming and relaxing properties which continue to be Lavender most notable qualities but its various health benefits include pain relief, mental clarity, use as an anti-bacterial cleanser and a natural deodorant, use against eczema, headache, earache, insomnia, fevers, minor burns, bugs and mosquitos, shingles, feelings of tension and many more.
Meditation – when meditation is coupled with essential oils, much of the perceived challenge or barrier of meditating can be significantly, if not entirely, reduced. Lavender is one of the best oils for Meditation. Because of its calming properties, it can put your mind in the right frame to achieve clarity and enlightenment from meditation. It will make you sigh as your muscles relax and your mind lets go. It also helps stabilize and calm you, so if you are having a restless meditation session, you can balance yourself and really focus.
In fact Lavender oil has been an important part of spiritual practice and meditation throughout history. In ancient times, as early as 3500 BC, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume. From skin care products to relaxing routines, this oil can infuse many areas of your life.
Here are 17 ways you can incorporate Lavender Oil in your daily life:
- Calming – Rub 2-3 drops of Lavender oil in your cupped palms, then use the inhalation method to draw the scent all the way to your amygdala gland (the emotional warehouse) in your brain to calm the mind. Then, rub on the feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body. Great for use in crowded areas like planes or subways to carve out your own personal oasis.
- Sleep aid – Again, use the cupping and inhalation method. Then, rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.
- Bee sting/ Insects bite – Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching.
- Against moths – put a few drops of oil on a small cotton pieces and place them inside your wardrobe.
- Minor burn – Put 2-3 drops of Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain.
- Nausea or motion sickness – To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on the edge of the tongue, behind the ears or around the navel.
- Cuts – Drop Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean wound, and kill bacteria.
- Hair dandruff – Rub several drops of Lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.
- Promote Respiratory Health – Lavender oil added to boiling water may be steam-inhaled to open nasal passages and help clear up sinus infections.
- Meditation – you can use an essential oil diffuser to promote aromatherapy before meditating or you can simply apply the oil on your palms for self-directed inhalation.
- Natural Deodorizer – Add Lavender oil to your laundry to kill odor causing bacteria during the wash cycle. Sprinkle Lavender oil on drier sheets to add a pleasant floral aroma to clothes, bedding, towels and etc.
- Aromatherapy – Add Lavender oil into a diffuser to promote balance and relaxation. Add Lavender oil to your bath water to help you wind down after a long, stressful day.
- Massage – Add 5-10 drops of Lavender oil to 20 ml of massage oil for a good relaxing massage.
- Air freshener – In a 100 mg. spray bottle mix 10-15 drops of Lavender oil with water for a chemical-free spray air-freshener.
- For hangover – it is enough to make sure the lavender aroma is in the air of the room where you lay down and if you have a bath tub – just place a few drops in the water.
- After a tough night or high hills shopping – when your feet are tired, make them relax in a lavender bath. In a laver with warm water add some sea salt and a few drops of lavender oil.
- For children – the lavender oil is suitable for kids as it is absolutely safe and non-toxic. For babies you can dissolve a few drops of lavender oil in half a cup of water and massage the belly.