Out of all of the things I’ve ever made – anything I make with Lavender is ALWAYS a best seller. While I do love the aroma, there are so many more uses for this extremely powerful essential oil.
Note that I’ve included some information below on research. Lavender has been extensively researched by the scientific and medical communities over the last several years in addition to what has already been done by those in the aromatherapy community. Almost all results conclude that Lavender IS beneficial to the body in one way or another. It’s not just weird science, people!
Also – one of my FAVORITE things about Lavender is that it is safe for pregnancy AND for babies! Just use in low dilutions with children under 2. As always – never ingest essential oils.
Official Name: Lavandula angustifolia
- Lavender helps calm the emotions, aggressive behavior, and wandering of patients suffering from Dementia (Lee, SY. “The Effect of Lavender Aromatherapy on Cognitive Function, Emotion, and Aggressive Behavior of Elderly with Dementia.” and Robinson, L. “The Effectiveness of Non-pharmacological Interventions to Prevent Wandering in Dementia.”)
- Lavender, Sweet Orange, and Sandalwood massages reduced anxiety, pain, and increased mobility when used in a massage on patients suffering from Breast Cancer (Imanishi, Jiro, Hiroko Kuriyama, Ichiro Shigemori, et al., “Anxiolytic Effect of Aromatherapy Massage in Patients with Breast Cancer”)
- Lavender has been approved in Germany for “insomnia, restlessness, and nervous stomach irritations.” (University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/lavender)
Other uses for Lavender:
- Headaches, nervousness, eczema, acne, dry skin, joint pain, rheumatic pain, general pain control, congestion, air freshener, and more!
- You can use Lavender as an antidepressant, CNS sedative, deodorant, airborne antimicrobial, antispasmodic, and to control panic attacks