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Five Reasons You Need Some Lavender in Your Life!!!
Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) is a shrub that is a member of the mint family, Lamiaceae. It's versatility and clean floral scent make lavender one of the most popular plants on the planet. The flowers and the essential oil is used in products for personal use like stress relief and relaxation, cleaning, and disinfecting, first aid, perfumes, hair, and skincare formulations.
The list below will familiarize you with a few of the benefits and uses of lavender.
1. Lavender can improve your mood.
For centuries, aromatherapists have suggested lavender scented products to help patients relax, sleep, feel better, and lift feelings of anxiety. Lavender based products for this purpose, include eye pillows, baby bath products, air fresheners, candles, and more.
2. Lavender is an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-bacterial.
My first introduction to lavender was due to a burn on my arm in the late eighties. I went to a small health food store in Virginia and asked for something natural, and the clerk suggested I use lavender essential oil and aloe vera gel. She gave me instructions on how to make a poultice and an article on lavender. Within a few days, the inflammation subsided, and after a couple of weeks of repeated applications, there was barely a scar. The anti-bacterial properties helped to prevent infection. You can buy lavender poultices, creams, salves, and tinctures to use for this purpose.
3. Lavender works as a natural bug repellant.
Mosquitoes and moths stay far away from the scent of lavender. Sachets of dried lavender placed in your drawers and closet will not only keep the moths away but will keep your clothes fresh. You can freshen the sachets by adding a few drops of the essential oil occasionally. Moreover, the scent of lavender essential oil on your clothes will keep mosquitoes away. I use Seventh Generation plant-based fabric softener in my laundry. You can also add a few drops of essential oil to your wash water. Adding a few drops to your lotion or using GreenSistah™ Botanicals Lavender infused Shea Butter before sitting out on summer nights, will naturally cool you and keep the bugs away. Additionally, lavender soaked cotton balls placed in areas infested with ants or cockroaches can be very effective at keeping unwanted home invaders at bay.
4. Lavender is a great ingredient for use in cleaning products.
The anti-bacterial properties of lavender, make it the perfect ingredient for home-made cleaning products. I recommend using Lavender EO for cleaning countertops and disinfecting children's toys. Other uses include surfaces in your bathrooms and kitchens. With just a few ingredients, you can make your own environmentally friendly lavender surface spray. I found a 2-minute video at the women's voices of the earth website that is worth a view.
5. Lavender improves hair health.
Lavender EO has many beneficial properties that help to improve the appearance and the health of your hair. A 2016 study found that when the oil can work itself into the scalp or skin, it helps with pattern baldness and alopecia. The antimicrobial properties of lavender inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi. A clean scalp decreases the accumulation of dandruff and calms an itchy scalp. Further, lavender exhibits a cooling effect on an inflamed scalp, which can stimulate hair growth.
Never apply lavender oil directly to your skin or scalp. Use a carrier like Jojoba or coconut to dilute the essential oil first. There are many natural products available that include lavender. Always check the ingredients on the label. Be sure to choose products that list pure essential oil of lavender and not lavender fragrance. At GreenSistah™ Botanicals, we include organic lavender essential oil in our Amla-Rosemary blend, formulated for thinning hair, and our Sheajoba® Hair Food.
Always use caution when using new ingredients, especially essential oils. Do a patch test with lavender to be sure you don't have an allergic reaction. Essential oils are the essence of the plant. They have the highest concentration of the plant's properties, so you should never use too much. Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations. Never ingest essential oils. If you get them into your eyes, rinse immediately with cold water. Seek medical attention if irritation persists.
Other than those considerations, enjoy lavender flowers and essential oils. Go forth and experience the healing and magical powers of Lavender. I'm sure you will love it as much as I do.
Author: Willette Monk