There is one essential oil that is, above all others, a must of the essential oils to buy and have nearby, and that essential oil is lavender.
Lavender has been used for health and beauty for the past 2,500 years! Lavender, a flowering evergreen shrub native to the regions of the Mediterranean , has a fresh, clean fragrance that was used by the Roman’s to scent their baths and to heal the skin.
Lavender is a natural antiseptic, analgesic, bactericidal, muscle relaxant, antidepressant, insect repellant, as well as having a sedative quality. It ’s most important use is in having the ability to restore unbalanced states mind or physical imbalance.
As such lavender is an essential oil that should be in everyone’s house and is an exceptionally good all round essential oil and has been used to treat skin conditions , the immune and circulatory systems, nerves, migraines and headaches, tension, emotional stress, sore muscles and tense muscles.
These days there are pillows with lavender oil or lavender flowers that you can rest your neck on or even put in the microwave to warm up and then lay neck, shoulders and aching muscles. The warmth and aroma from the oils will work their magic in helping to reduce the tension in the muscles and the aroma helps to calm you and distress you.
Lavender is also good for inducing sleep due because of it’s sedative nature. A few of drops of oil in a nice warm (not too hot) bath just before bed can work wonders. If a bath isn’t available though, a drop or two on a pillow case can be equally effective.
With lavender having a balancing nature, it is often used in helping people who are in unbalanced emotional states such as hysteria, manic depression or widely fluctuating moods. Massage can also be extremely helpful in these situations especially when lavender is used along with the massage, the combination of the physical touch of a therapist along with the aromatic healing properties of the essential oil helps with the healing process.
Rubbing a few drops of lavender into the temples will help to relieve your headaches. Or your headache may be severe enough that you need a cold compress of Lavender that you then place on the forehead or back of the neck can help in de-stressing the muscles who’s tension may have led to the headache.
Massage with lavender or in a aromatherapy baths, besides being relaxing and calming, can help in treating palpitations and also help to reduce high blood-pressure – though this alone will not help resolve the problems – a more holistic approach is needed, and diet and exercise will need to be incorporated as well.
Lavender, when used during labor, can both reduce pain and strengthen contractions, thus speeding it up, if it is massaged into the lower back. It can also be used as a compress or massaged gently into the abdomen to help with the expulsion of the afterbirth.
As you can see lavender is an extremely versatile essential oil and you will discover even more ways that it can and will help you.
In combining lavender with other essential oils you will find that the healing properties of lavender are increased as well as the healing properties of the oil it has been combined.
If you are not sure about using essential oils be sure to consult a qualified aromatherapist who can help you further.