Today we’ll look into this popular flower, known also as lavandula. Let’s delve into properties of the flower and the essential oil of lavender:
The healing properties of lavender
- Lavender’s aroma helps to relieve stress
- It’s recognized that lavender can help a queazy stomach
- Congestion can be relieved with the scent of lavender
- Many report that lavender helps them sleep
- Inhaling lavender oil can help alleviate headaches
- The aroma of lavender has been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac, promoting passion and arousal
Lavender is also known as an antidepressant, antisepticm anagesic, and expectorant. Before consuming lavender, it’s good to do your research so you know possible side effects.
How can you use lavender?
- Dried lavender has been used in sachets, infusing the gentle aroma of lavender in drawers. Choose organic, such as Starwest Botanicals Organic Lavender Flowers
- You can use an essential oil diffuser to fill a room with lavender’s aroma
- Essential oil sprays, with lavender alone or combined with other essential oils such as Lavender & Chamomile essential oil blend
- You can simmer lavender flowers with citrus peels to brighten up your home through aromatherapy. A popular supplier of essential oils is Now Foods, offering items such as NOW Foods Lavender Oil
- Ever try smudging? That’s an ancient native technique of using prayers and blessings with the smoke from certain herbs such as white sage and lavender to cleanse, clear away negativity, and bring blessings to a person or place. You can use an essential oil spray like Lavender & Sage Smudging Spray. Read the precautions below.
The spiritual side of lavender
All things are energy. The essential oil of lavender, sometimes called “the spirit of the plant” is powerful. Lavender’s essential oil found in the dried flower, or extracted as an essential oil, can help you shift from the monkey-mind brain to a more relaxed, meditative state.
The fragrance can also help lift mood from depression, and can help relax you on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level.
A few of the energies of lavender are gentle, calming, “permission to be”, uplifting, and recognition of soul. Another healing property I see, intuitively, is that lavender can help lift you from a sense of isolation, shifting your energy into a more flowing, expressive state.
Tips for using essential oils
- Check out the ingredients of anything you inhale or spray in your home. There is a big difference between essential oils and products that are “scented”, like a popular room freshener. Essential oils are natural, are derived from plants, not a chemical. Try searching for environmental information on those store-bought sprays, typing the product name followed by (space) “MSDS”. MSDS means “material safety data sheet” – and will tell you more about a product that will not likely be on the label. For example, one of those popular room sprays with lavender contains Ethanol and Hydrochloric Acid. Will those chemicals help “relax me so I can sleep”? I think not, and I will not spray it on my pillow.
- Test for allergic reactions such as itching.
- Use caution spraying anything around your eyes, or around others.
- Be aware of pets and children, the aroma can be too strong.
- Give thought to your furniture and clothing, as any essential oil could potentially harm fabric.
Lavender oil, the true essence of the lavandula flower, is a time-honored, natural support for body, mind, and spirit.
You can learn more about lavender oil and precautions on the Mercola website.
The Healing Properties Of Lavender © 2015 Ava Saadi.
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