Historically, lavender has been used for healing, relaxation and as an antiseptic. It has been used for centuries to scent baths, hair and clothes, and for its medicinal properties. The University of Maryland Medical Center says, “Research has confirmed that lavender produces slight calming, soothing, and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled. Lavender essential oil may be beneficial in a variety of conditions, including insomnia, alopecia (hair loss), anxiety, stress, and postoperative pain.”
To help relieve achy joints and muscles, headaches, cramps, sprains, arthritis, anxiety, insect bites, sunburn, and insomnia – add lavender oil to a carrier oil or water (see how here) and rub into sore area. Lavender flax seed pillows are also unbelievably therapeutic, heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds (the flax seed holds the heat for about 45 minutes!) or use frozen as a soft, flexible ice pack to soothe and help relieve aches and promote relaxation.
Lavender uses are many and I would have to say the benefit to our health is on the top of the list! It’s incredible aroma and soothing qualities are refreshing and healing!