Lavender Essential Oil
The scent of lavender often brings a smile to many faces. It seems to evoke memories of comfort and safety in those who prefer it. In fact, for years healers have used lavender in its various forms to relieve anxiety, lift depression, and promote relaxation.
There are many products on the market today that have lavender essence listed as a primary ingredient. However, there is no need to buy an overpriced and over-packaged product when you can get the same basic results with a few drops of lavender essential oil. Less than four drops in equal cups of hot to near boiling water produces a fragrant steam that is said to help ease restlessness and anxiety in adults when inhaled (please use caution with hot liquids!), and one or two drops mixed in with another base oil is perfect for a calming, relaxing massage.
Recognized around the globe for its fresh and heady fragrance, the lavender plant (Lavendula angustifolia), a flowering evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean region, also boasts a long history in herbal healing. Romans scented their baths with it (in fact lavare means to wash in Latin), and the Tibetans still make an edible lavender butter to use as part of a traditional treatment for nervous disorders. Today, the essential oil of lavender is widely used across Europe — both topically and internally — for a host of ills, from anxiety to sunburn. Read more…