Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender)
Lavender is found in many gardens and known for its uplifting fragrance. It is an evergreen woody shrub with pale green narrow leaves and spiked flowers in a brilliant violet colour.
Lavender was originally grown in the Mediterranean and now is found all over the world.
To produce essential oil, the flowering tops of the plants are distilled.
Apart from its use in Aromatherapy, Lavender is widely used in soaps, lotions, cosmetics and perfumes to name a few. It is also used to flavour food and some beverages.
Lavender farms exist around the globe producing the essential oil that has many benefits as follows:
Note: Please consult with a qualified Aromatherapist before using essential oils this is not a medical guide for self-help.
Used for abscesses, acne, bruises, *burns, dandruff, inflammation and as an insect repellent.
Muscles and Joints
Rheumatism, sprains and muscular pain.
Colic, abdominal cramps and nausea.
Used to balance emotions, relieve stress, tension and headache, to promote restful sleep.
Lavender essential oil can be used in an aromatherapy diffuser (a few drops), or 1-3 drops combined with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil. You can sprinkle a little on your pillow before bed or use a spray atomiser. Personally I find Lavender oil to be calming and I will often get up in the middle of the night if I can't get back to sleep and rub some diluted oil (in a roller ready to go) on my temples. It really helps relax me.
For home use, Lavender oil in a diffuser however does not treat yourself for any medical or emotional problems without the guidance from a professional, otherwise you could do yourself more damage than good. Essential oils are potent.
You could also try a lavender scented pillow which is safe to use.