Lavender Oil

Lavender

What is Lavender Oil?

Bulgaria is currently the world's largest producer of lavender oil, but the origins and knowledge of its wonderful timeless benefits are well known long before our time. The ancient Romans used it in their lavish relaxation baths, and the ancient Egyptians used it to embalm their mummies. It is said that a faint scent of lavender could still be perceived when the mummy of king tut was discovered, that’s after 3000 years. Think of what goodness it can do for our health today, and preserve it for 3000 years (you'll still smell and feel good to the touch, won't that be awesome?!) Lavender oil is extracted from the flower and spikes of the lavender bloom by way of steam distillation.

Properties

Pure essential oil of lavender is colorless with an unmistakable fragrance. The main components of the lavender oil are the terpenes linalool and linalyl acetate. In all, the oil contains over 100 compounds, with a higher number of them occurring in minute quantities. The components in lavender oil give it powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressive, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiseptic, sedative, and even calming properties. It is easily the most used essential oil today. Let's get into why it is so.

Precautions

  • Keep out of the reach of children.
  • Lavender oil can be very irritating to certain parts of the body such as the eyes, do not rub in them.

Benefits

I protect, I anti-oxidize

Is your skin cracked or too dry? Could most probably be haunted by free radicals caused by oxidative stress. Lavender oil to the rescue! Lavender oil has anti-oxidant properties which permit it to fight off free radicals by stimulating the release of the body's strongest anti-oxidant glutathione.

Sniff me, sink into me, and find ease

We have all suffered the weight of stress, the pangs of anxiety, the stiffness of migraines, and more seriously the emptiness of depression. We know an essential oil that works magic in these moments. Aromatherapists can't keep it a secret anymore, lavender oil is a one of a kind antidepressant which has the unique ability amongst essential oils to protect against neurological damage. To enjoy the antidepressant and stress relieving benefits of the lavender oil or just have a good night's sleep, aromatherapy is the best option. Postnatal depression will not get the best of new mothers for too long with this oily friend around.

A happy brain, a happy you

Lavender oil is known to relieve the brain from, and prevent oxidative stress, and is a viable treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and stroke.

For lovely hair and a beautiful skin

The antioxidating property of the oil makes it a good addition to skin hygiene products, as an anti-aging agent, and also to improve your skin tone and condition, if you have dry skin. It is very gentle on skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which make it great for treating skin conditions such as acne and eczema It is also a good option for scalp treatment and prevention of hair loss.

No pain, more fun

Lavender oil has analgesic properties and is a good pain reliever, especially for headaches and even during dysmenorrhea.

Go natural with your diabetes treatment

Lavender oil has actually been found to protect the body from the major symptoms of diabetes such as an increase in blood sugar, kidney and liver malfunction, weight gain, and even antioxidant depletion.

Side effects

  • Lavender oil should be used with great caution for the following reasons:
  • Taking the oil orally is very dangerous as the oil is considered toxic to an extent. It could cause vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and chills.
  • Lavender oil has been known to cause breast growth in young boys (prepubertal gynecomastia)
  • People with sensitive skin should use the oil carefully and preferably under medical supervision.