Lavender oil is extracted from lavender flowers, mostly through steam distillation. It is traditionally used in aromatherapy treatments, massage therapies, and for making perfumes. The oil is now widely manufactured thank to its health benefits for human. Some of the common health benefits of lavender oil are briefly outlined below.
1. Cures Headaches
The smell of lavender produces relaxing effects for the mind. In aromatherapy, lavender is known to be effective to relief muscle tensions and emotional stress. Massaging the oil around neck and forehead areas will also promote relaxation and relieve headache or migraine. It is not used as an orally-taken medication or drug, but massage therapy with the oil is equally effective to cure general headaches.
2. Relieves Nausea
Lavender oil can be used for treating common digestion problems including nausea. To relieve this problem, put a drop of lavender oil under the navel, behind the ears, or on end of your tongue. The oil stimulates the production of bile and gastric juice which help the stomach to digest foods. Besides nausea, lavender oil is as well effective to treat stomach pain, diarrhea, flatulence, and colic.
3. Stops Bleeding
In general, applying lavender oil to wounds helps to quicken the healing process and halt bleeding. Especially for nosebleed, you can pour a drop of lavender on a tissue and wrap it around a chip of ice. Push the tissue to the base of the nose and hold it for few minutes. Please put in mind that if you hold it for too long, the ice may freeze your lip.
4. Heals Wounds
As previously mentioned, lavender oil can help to quicken healing process of wounds. It also has antifungal and antiseptic properties to relive skin inflammations and other conditions such as acne and wrinkles. The oil is able to promote or improve the formation of scar tissues thus it halts bleeding and cures minor wounds including cuts and burns.
5. Anxiety and Depression Treatment
The most popular health benefit of lavender oil is its ability to promote relaxation to cure depression and anxiety. The oil produces calming and sedative yet anti-convulsive effects. The best thing is that you don’t have to apply it directly to your body since you only need its smell. People who have problems with restlessness or depression can simply place lavender plant in their rooms to promote relaxation. The plant will spread its smell all across the room and trigger its relaxing effects. Moreover, the smell repels insects such as mosquitoes.
6. Helps in Proper Digestion
Drinking lavender tea is a good way to promote healthy digestion. It soothes your digestive tracts and promotes the production of bile. It is also a natural remedy for gas and constipation problems. To make lavender tea, cook 1 tablespoon of lavender buds with water. You will not drink the water, but use it to make your regular tea.
7. Insomnia Treatment
The relaxing effects of lavender oil can treat insomnia and other sleeping difficulty problems. The scent of the oil basically soothes your nervous system to relive exhaustion and restless leg syndrome, which are often associated with insomnia. The soothing effect directly goes to part of the brain responsible for relaxation, so it helps you have a good sleep.