Lavender is one of the oldest essential oils in recorded history. In ancient times, lavender oil was used in Egyptian burial rituals, Roman baths, and Biblical ceremonies. Since then, we’ve learned so much more about lavender oil’s many useful properties and applications!
Today, here are five of the most useful properties of lavender essential oil:
1. Reduces anxiety & emotional stress
Relaxation has long been known as one of lavender’s most beneficial properties. A staple used in spas and aromatherapy clinics worldwide, it’s no surprise that lavender the most popular essential oil sold today. So, If you need a little balance in your life, try rubbing a few drops in your palms, cupping them to your face, and taking a few deep breaths in. This inhalation technique is sure to help you stay calm and collected while in a high-stress situation, or after a long day.
2. Improves sleepThe same properties of lavender oil that aid in reducing anxiety can also improve sleep. Diffusing lavender oil in your bedroom, or sprinkling a few drops on your pillow before bed can relax your body to promote restfulness and help you fall asleep faster—resulting in a little extra high-quality shuteye time.
3. Reduces migrainesAccording to a study published by the European Journal of Neurology, people who regularly struggled with migraines or chronic headaches saw a significant reduction of pain after inhaling lavender oil for fifteen minutes. Next time your head starts hurting, try diffusing several drops of lavender oil with a few drops of peppermint oil. If you don’t have time for that, dilute 2 drops of each oil and rub on your temples and the back of your neck for a quick fix.
4. Restores skin complexionAfter a breakout, or other surface wounds, inflicted on the skin, adding a few drops of of lavender essential oil to moisturizers, salves, or other ointments can increase potential for healing, and reduce chances of scarring. Putting a little lavender on a bug bite can also reduce inflammation, and help ease the pain of the bite.
5. Enhances cognitive ability
A recent study found that people taking tests experienced lower rates of anxiety and improved cognitive function when they inhaled lavender and rosemary oils shortly before their exam. When you have a big test, work project, or even a long day coming up, keep a little lavender close by to help you focus.
The importance of quality
Though these benefits of lavender are universal, different companies use a wide range of cultivars to produce their essential oils. Sadly, not all lavender varieties are created equally, and low quality lavender can restrict the properties of the oil. Though the finest quality lavender is produced when planted at altitudes above 700 meters, many companies use lavender grown at lower altitudes to decrease production cost.
To ensure quality of Nature’s Fusions lavender oil, we distill our oil using flower tops harvested from high-altitude mountain regions of France, where true lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) has been grown for hundreds of years, thanks to chalky soils and hot, dry climate.
Now, while we don’t claim that our oil is the only high-quality lavender oil out there, we do believe that it’s important for people to know where their oil is sourced from. So, try out some lavender oil, and make sure you know where it’s been bottled.