Benefits of Lavender Oil
Benefits of Lavender Oil – Lavandula angustifolia
By Karina Kauter
Lavandula angustifolia, commonly known as Lavender, is one of the most popular oils in the world, having been used for its beneficial qualities for thousands of years.
When used correctly and in the right ratios, lavender oil is completely safe to use on babies and young children, and can have a great range of benefits.
Safe to use on babies
Lavender oil has a wonderfully calming effect on the human nervous system, which can help your baby to settle and help promote a more restful sleep. It is also known to stimulate the immune system and help to battle illness. Lavender oil can be applied to the skin when diluted in an oil or cream through massage, or blended with a carrier oil or milk, then added to a warm bath.
Because of its high antiseptic properties, lavender oil applied to wounds can speed up healing and help to prevent infection. It is also known to speed up cell growth and prevent scarring.
Soothes and balances emotions
In addition to its calming effects on the nervous system, lavender oil can help harmonise and balance the whole body. It has the ability to reduce stress and depression, ease headaches, insomnia and nervous tension.
Lavender oil is used in a multitude of skincare products the world over as it is known for stimulating cell growth, easing pain and preventing scarring. It can be used for treatment in acne, burns, sores, psoriasis, athletes foot and much more.
Applying a chest rub with lavender oil, diffusing it in a room or soaking in a bath with a few diluted drops can help decongest your body, while its antiviral and antibacterial properties can help fight the infection. Good to know for the cold and flu season.
ALWAYS remember to do your research when using pure essential oils. Essential oils should not be ingested or used directly on the skin. When used properly, pure essential oils can offer numerous, amazing benefits; when used incorrectly, the oils can cause harm to our bodies. Please use these oils responsibly, and check if they are safe for you and/or your loved ones prior to use.
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