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Over the last two and a half millenniums, lavender essential oil has been the most common essential oil worldwide. Lavender oil is used for medicinal, culinary and to some extent sacred practices. It was used in ancient Egypt as a preservative and making of incenses. On the other hand, the Romans used it as a fragrant, for cooking and bathing. The Christians believe that Holy Mary used it during the anointing of baby Jesus.
Extraction of lavender oil
Lavender oil is mainly extracted from flowers of the lavender plant, initially by steam distillation. These flowers of the lavender plant are sweet-scented naturally and have been used for making air fresheners over many centuries. Useful in the preparation of aromatic blends and delicacies.
The Lavender essential oil combines well with other essential oils such as geranium, cedarwood, nutmeg and clary sage oil. Lavender essential oil is used in different forms including, soaps, detergents, lotion, infusion, and gels.
What are the benefits of lavender oil?
There are numerous benefits associated with lavender oil, which include the following:
Studies of health benefits related to lavender oil
In times when the body fails to produce enough antioxidants, it is used as a replacement because it has antioxidants compounds. The antioxidants help the body reduce production of radicals that cannot destroy the human immune system.
Studies have shown that it only takes 22 hours for the body to produce antioxidants.
These studies indicate that lavender oil reduces the blood glucose in diabetic individuals. Other benefits that diabetic individuals can derive from using lavender oil include the below listed:
Lessen the rate of weight gain.
Lavender essential oil protects the body against fat metabolism.
Diabetes patients are at the risk of developing kidney and liver complications. However, with a regular intake of lavender oil, the chances of developing these conditions are significantly reduced.
Scientific studies have also shown that lavender oil Improves our brain functioning and moods. Has a distinctive capacity to prevent brain neurons against damages. In the past, lavender oil was used to cure minor brain disorders such as stress, insomnia, depression, migraines and even depression. It is advisable that if you have any of these problems, you should apply the oil behind your ears or better still, diffuse the oil and spray it in your house as you go to sleep.
These studies also show that there are minimal side effects on the brain for using lavender oil to treat brain diseases.
Has compounds that prevent many infections caused by open wounds and cuts. It fights bacterial and fungal infections on the wounds. Burns on the skin epidermis are also cured by application of little amounts of lavender oil.
Moreover, lavender oil and coconut oil mixture speed up the curing of the cuts and wounds.
Lavender essential oil is mixed with oil from aloe Vera or coconut oil to give antimicrobial characteristics that are of great importance in maintaining a supple skin. It also softens dry skin and soothes sunburns. Besides, lavender oil is also used to lessen aging spots by mixing it with a little frankincense oil.
A natural pain killer and is used to relieve persistent headaches. Lavender oil serves as a substitute for prescribed medication, which in the long run the body can develop resistance. However, to get better treatment, the lavender oil is combined with peppermint oil and then the mixture applied to the neck region and the forehead.
Lavender essential oil significantly impacts the growth and health of hair. The oil does so by first inhibiting thriving of lice in the hair. Moreover, the lavender oil also reduces hair loss and promotes faster growth of hair. To avoid irritation on your scalp, ensure that you mix the lavender oil with butter, lotion or shampoo.
Uses of Lavender Oil
The following are the principal household uses of lavender oil:
Used as a natural occurring perfume because of its fragrance. It is usable for both men and women.
It is used as an air freshener by vaporizing it and then spraying it around your house.
Prevents lips from drying and cracking and thus acts as a natural lip balm.
In case you have a stomach upset or nausea, inhale lavender oil, which will calm your stomach within a few minutes.
Used to prepare home-made spices and delicacies.
Used to reduce sunburns and stretch marks from your skin.
Common Side Effects of Lavender oil
There are very few cases where lavender oil has turned out to have adverse effects on the users. Such scenarios include:
Pregnant women are advised to use lavender oil only if they are directed so by their physician.
If you are taking lavender oil for sleep related problems, ensure that you do not take it with prescribed drugs serving the same purpose.
It can make you drowsy hence do not operate a machine after using the oil.
If you are to undergo surgery shortly, it is advisable to stop using lavender oil early enough since it may not interact well with anesthesia.
To avoid over production of anti-oxidants in the body, ensure that you apply or inhale a maximum of only three drops of the lavender oil.