Not only do the bees love it, but we love it too! Lavender has a well deserved reputation as being the most versatile essential oil. The name Lavender comes from the Latin root lavare, which means to wash. In Roman times, it was frequently used in baths to help clean and purify the body.
Lavender deals with all things calming, from mood, to skin problems, to respiratory issues. It is also one of the mildest essential oils available today. Here are our top 5 reasons that we diffuse lavender essential oil, and think that you should too:
Do you want to feel calm and peaceful before you go to bed? I certainly do, and I find that Lavender helps me get there. Studies agree, showing that lavender may improve sleep quality and improve relaxation in people suffering from sleep disorders. Try diffusing it in your bedroom before bedtime after you’ve had a particularly rough day.
Recipes given are for use per 100ml of water in an ultrasonic diffuser:
3 drops of lavender on its own, or add 2 drops of chamomile
Even though lavender has a calming effect, it has also been shown to increase brain wave activity. One study found that test takers were not only less anxious, but did better on the tests when diffusing lavender. If you need to focus while studying or working, then Lavender may help. I like to mix in peppermint or rosemary to add energy.
2 drops of lavender, 1 drop of peppermint, 2 drops rosemary
Need a pick me up? Lavender can help. Multiple studies have shown that lavender is able to improve mood and calm anxieties in patients in an ICU, women with postnatal depression, and people with PTSD. I can attest to this myself. I started more seriously using essential oils after being laid off a couple years ago. It was a particularly stressful time, and I needed all the help I could get to feel upbeat and even keel. Lavender worked!
2 drops of lavender, 1 drops of peppermint, 2 drops lemon
CLEAN THE AIR
Do you need help fighting off illness during cold and flu season? Using essential oils to clean the air can help. Lavender has been shown to kill fungus and bacteria. Mix lavender with other germ killing essential oils, and you have an effective air cleanser.
2 drops of lavender, 1 drops lemon, 1 drops of rosemary, 1 drops of tea tree
FIGHT COLD AND FLU SYMPTOMS
Do you have a hard time keeping cold and flu symptoms at bay? Lavender is great for clearing lungs, throat, and sinuses, while helping to clean the air. If you’ve gone and caught a cold, diffusing lavender can help.
1 drop of lavender, 1 drop eucalyptus, 1 drop of rosemary, 1 drops of peppermint, 1 drop of tea tree
Note – These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to replace a doctor’s advice in diagnosing, treating, or preventing any disease.
Do you have a favorite diffusing recipe that includes lavender?
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