Its name deriving from the Latin ‘lavare’, meaning to wash, the fresh, floral aroma of lavender has long been associated with cleanliness and purity.
Mostly grown in the dry climes of the Mediterranean, lavender has a thousands of years long history of use.
Employed in the mummification process by the Ancient Egyptians, it was also used by the Persians, Greeks and Romans too, for its perceived ability to purify the body and mind.
Nowadays we usually reach for the lavender essential oil when we are struggling to sleep, the lavender scent still thought to have the ability to help calm a racing mind, when rest refuses to come.
Miaroma lavender oil is a pure, unblended essential oil that can be used in a wide range of ways.
Add a drop or two to a tissue and breathe in to enjoy lavender’s apparent calming qualities or blend with a carrier oil to use in massage or to smooth hair.
Some eco-conscious fans even sprinkle a drop or two into their washing machine drawer when swapping to planet-friendly laundry alternatives, such as soap nuts or washer balls. This gives sheets a fresh, clean smell without the need for chemical detergents.
Lavender oil for sleep and stress: an aromatherapy essential
One of the best essential oils for sleep, lavender is popularly recommended to those finding dropping off difficult.
Believed to create a sense of calm and wellbeing, research suggests that inhaling lavender before bed can aid a more restful night’s sleep.
Adding to a bedside diffuser or putting just a couple of drops on the underside of your pillow (remembering that it may irritate skin and eyes) can help you to harness lavender’s sleep bringing abilities.
Lavender essential oil’s ability to promote a sense of calm in some people also makes it a popular choice for those experiencing stress and anxiety.
Added to a massage oil, its soothing smell is ideal for helping you wind down after a tough day. It can also provide a moment of peace if inhaled during a busy commute or ahead of a stressful meeting.
Thanks to the linalool and camphor compounds in lavender, a little diluted oil mixed into your moisturiser and applied to skin may help to keep bugs at bay.
Like citronella, lavender is believed to deter those pesky mosquitoes and may also repel wasps, ants, moths and flies.
Lavender oil for skin and hair
Lavender oil often finds its way into skin and haircare products, and not just because it smells great.
Lavender oil appears to have a cleansing effect and as such may help to improve the appearance of spot prone skin.
Combining with witch hazel seems to be particularly effective in reducing redness and irritation, but do be sure to dilute essential oils before use.
It also seems that there are benefits to using lavender oil for hair. It is a popular alternative to chemical head lice treatments, its bug repellent qualities potentially effective on those pesky hair clingers.
Antibacterial and antimicrobial, lavender oil may also support a healthier scalp, helping to create a good environment for healthy hair growth.
Lavandula Officininalis (Lavender) Oil
Always read the label before use
Dilute 4-6 drops for every 20ml of blending oil before use. For massage, bath and vaporisation.
For external use only. Do not use undiluted on the skin. Avoid contact with eyes. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use on children under 5 years old. Consult your healthcare professional before using essential oils during pregnancy. Store in cool dry place.
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