Lavender Oil: Uses and Benefits
What is lavender oil?
Lavender oil is a fragrant oil that is extracted from the flowers of the lavender plant.
The oil has a sweet, floral scent and is often used in aromatherapy.
It can help relieve stress, anxiety, and insomnia, and can also treat skin conditions such as eczema. Lavender oil can be diluted with a carrier oil and applied topically, or it can be added to a diffuser and inhaled.
Lavender oil has been used for centuries for its therapeutic benefits. The ancient Egyptians used lavender oil in their embalming process, and the Romans used it to scent their bathwater. Lavender oil was also popular during the Victorian era for its fragrance and therapeutic properties.
Today, lavender oil is still widely used for its many benefits, including its ability to promote relaxation and ease stress.
Lavender oil for aromatherapy
Lavender oil has long been known for its calming and relaxing properties, making it the perfect natural solution for stress relief.
A recent study has shown that lavender oil can also help to improve sleep quality, making it an ideal natural remedy for those struggling with insomnia.
Anti-inflammatory properties of lavender oil
Lavender oil has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. In a study published in "Phytotherapy Research" in 2009, lavender oil was found to suppress inflammation in mice. The oil was applied topically to the mice's ears, and it was found to reduce the production of inflammatory markers, including tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) and interleukin-1 beta (IL-1beta).
Lavender oil may be beneficial for reducing inflammation in conditions such as arthritis.
Improve your hair with lavender oil
Recent research suggests that lavender oil may also be beneficial for hair health.
Lavender oil is thought to promote hair growth, strengthen hair follicles, and reduce hair loss. It can be added to shampoo or conditioner, or applied directly to the scalp.
Use lavender oil as an insect repellent
Insects are a common summer nuisance. Mosquitoes, flies, and wasps can be bothersome and even dangerous. A natural way to repel these pests is with lavender oil. Lavender oil is a plant-based essential oil that has been shown to be an effective insect repellent. It is safe to use on people and pets. An essential when travelling to countries where you might encounter insects.
One way to use lavender oil as an insect repellent is to put it in a diffuser. Diffusing the oil into the air will help keep bugs away from where you are working or relaxing. Another way to use lavender oil is as a topical repellent. You can add it to your skin care products or put it directly on your skin.
Where to buy lavender oil
Lavender oil is widely available in supermarkets and health shops. The Penny Brohn UK shop stocks high-quality lavender oil made by Amour Natural. Also check out our lavender collection for a range of products including soap, deodorant and skin creams.