Posted by Lauren on February 20, 2014
The healing properties of lavender have been know to practitioners of Ayurveda for centuries. Especially as an essential oil, it is extremely versatile and has many uses. Here are just a few of lavender’s benefits to both mind and body:
Strengthens the Immune System: Lavender offers a gentle boost to the immune system if you’re starting to feel run-down. The essential oil can be added to a humidifier or applied to the chest to help with respiratory ailments. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it can also be infused it into a massage oil for sore muscles.
Aids Sleep and Relaxation: One of the earliest-known beneficial qualities of Lavender is its natural anti-depressant effect. Simply smelling the fragrance of lavender — whether as an essential oil applied to the body, as a bath additive, or diffused into the air — can help to calm the mind and lift the spirits.
Helps Digestion: A few drops of lavender essential oil applied to the abdomen can offer relief from bloating and indigestion.
Soothes Headaches: Lavender has also been widely used in the treatment of headaches. Just open a bottle of lavender oil and inhale its scent for a few moments to relieve a headache. You can also apply it to the temples. Or, for the easiest treatment of all, try relaxing with a lavender scented eye pillow.
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