Summary: Lavender has a wide range of uses and an equally large list of benefits. This article is the first in a series of articles that explores the plant including lavender aromatherapy benefits.
Lavender is commonly seen around the UK, Europe and even further afield. There are a great number of varieties however the rather mundanely named English lavender or French lavender are the most commonly seen varieties.
Famous for their fragrance and striking purple /blue flowers the lavender plant has many uses and lavender essential oil uses are some of the most well-known ones.
Aromatherapy is the well-known and increasingly popular therapeutic use of a wide range of essential oils. Essential oils are extracted directly from plants that provide health and well-being benefits so that only the purest and most effective part or essence of the plant is used. In the case of lavender, dried lavender bunches are frequently used to make lavender oil. While anyone is able to make their own oils using specific equipment and a distilling process it is more common to source the oils from a specialist supplier which is quicker, easier and you may be sure of the strength and quality of the oils.
Aromatherapy has for many years been used as a form of alternative medicine for minor ailments and illnesses. While it is not a replacement for medical care it is known to complement more scientific treatments and contribute to wellness.
Lavender especially is widely used in aromatherapy due to the many health and well-being benefits it provides. For example, lavender is well known as a mood enhancer or mood lifter. Used for this purpose it is known to relieve stress, help with depression and altogether increase positivity and motivation.
Massage oils used in aromatherapy combine physical touch and natural plant power to help solve a variety of problems. Again, lavender is a known relaxant and this, coupled with a back or neck massage is a great way to de-stress, resolve tension issues and more.
The number of lavender essential oil uses are extensive. Lavender has been used for hundreds of years in aromatherapy to aid headaches, sleeplessness, depression, and even nausea. Physical ailments such as sprains, cuts and minor injuries may benefit from the use of lavender essential oils in a topic manner due to its disinfecting and analgesic properties.
Aromatherapy oils may be used by a qualified aromatherapist in a number of ways, included via the previously mentioned massage oils or topical uses. When essential lavender oil is added to a bowl of steaming hot water it will produce a fragrant cloud or steam which when inhaled acts as a decongestant and further contributes to an overall feeling of calm.
Lavender essential oils are also found in a number of bath oils and similar home and bathroom products for everyday use.
Clearly the lavender aromatherapy benefits are well documented and often used. Having been utilised in medicine and alternative treatments as well as in the home for hundreds of years there is clearly a good reason for it.