LAVENDER’S MEDICINAL AND AROMATHERAPY USES
There are few scents in this world that evoke the feeling of clean – lavender is one of them. Its common and scientific name originates from lavare, the Latin word for wash or bathe. Lavender was popular as a linen-washing herb in Europe, no doubt due to its pleasant aroma, but it also possesses antiseptic qualities and can help to keep insects at bay. Discouraging or killing insects was paramount before the invention of glass windows and screens, a time when humans often shared the same roof with flea and lice-ridden livestock. Maude Grieve writes in A Modern Herbal (no longer especially modern, as it was written in 1931):
Dried Lavender flowers are still greatly used to perfume linen, their powerful, aromatic odour acting also as a preventative to the attacks of moths and other insects. In America, they find very considerable employment for disinfecting hot rooms and keeping away flies and mosquitoes, who do not like the scent. Oil of Lavender, on cotton-wool, tides in a little bag or in a perforated ball hung in the room, is said to keep it free from all flies.
Our noses do not betray us when they register lavender’s aroma as clean and refreshing; studies have demonstrated lavender’s inherent antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Lavender is extremely popular as a sachet herb; I like to combine it with white sage and cypress needles in mesh bags and place them in my drawers and closet.
There are thirty-nine species of lavender (Lavandula spp.), most are native to Eastern Europe, northern Africa, the Mediterranean, and western Asia. Lavender is in the mint family (Lamiaceae), as evidenced by its bilabiate flowers, aromatic oils, opposite leaves, and a square stem. Lavender has been used medicinally for centuries as a remedy for digestive issues, headaches, grief, and stress. How many herbs can claim to have flowers which inspired the name of a color?!
Lavandula angustifolia, often called English lavender even though it is native to the Mediterranean, is the most common species grown and used medicinally. The species name Angustifolia means “narrow leaf.” Former scientific names include Lavandula officinalis and Lavandula vera.
Bees and many other insects frequent lavender; its flowers are often abuzz in the growing season. Lavender’s nectar yields a choice varietal honey.
Lavender is a short-lived perennial and prefers full sun with well-drained soil and ample airflow. If your native soil doesn’t drain well, try adding gravel or rocks to the soil. I add river sand (coarser sand), along with organic matter (decomposed manure), to break up our heavy clay soil. Try mulching with sand, light-colored gravel or oyster shells if you live near the sea. High humidity and cold wet winters can be problematic. Ask your local herbal nursery which varieties or cultivars grow best in your area.
Lavender can be grown from seed, but it is typically propagated from cuttings for a number of reasons. The cultivars need to be propagated asexually (cuttings) as they won’t come true from seed. In addition, growing lavender from seed is much slower going than from cuttings. The seed will germinate better if stratified for one month prior to planting. Lavender prefers a more neutral pH, around 7.0 is ideal. Lavandula angustifolia is typically cold hardy to zone 6, although there are varieties that can tolerate colder temperatures- ‘Munstead’ is hardy to zone 5.
Lavender is popular as a low-maintenance xeriscape ornamental in arid climates. I was pleasantly surprised to see it growing in the median of the roadways in the Mediterranean region of Italy. There are dwarf varieties that grow 6 inches tall (12 inches in flower) but standard varieties typically grow 12 to 24 inches tall (24 to 40 inches in flower).
Common Name: Lavender
Scientific name (s): Lavandula angustifolia. Other species are used medicinally but may have a slightly different medicinal profile than outlined below. Much of the historical medicinal information from the Greeks and Libyans stems from the use of Lavandula stoechas, or French lavender.
Part used: Above ground parts in flower or flowers
Preparation & Dosage:
- 1-2 teaspoons (approximately .8 to 1.6 grams) of the flower or herb flower per 8 ounces of water as an infusion, drunk up to three times a day
- 1 dropper full of tincture (1:2 95%) up to three times a day
Actions: carminative, sedative, bitter, antidepressant, hypnotic, cholagogues, anti-microbial
Energetics: bitter, drying, cooling
Nervine: Lavender is a gentle sedative and can help with anxiety, stress, and insomnia. It is often used in the formula for the herbal treatment of depression as it has more immediate effects as compared to many of the slower-acting tonic antidepressants and adaptogens. I combine lavender with lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) and lemon verbena (Aloysia ci trod ora) in tea to help lift the spirits. Lavender is also used to alleviate grief; it is often paired with the flowers of hawthorn (Crataegus spp.), rose (Rosa spp.), and mimosa (Albizia julibrissin).
Lavender is a traditional remedy for headaches; both internally as a tea and externally as an essential oil rubbed into the temples.
Digestive: Lavender is slightly bitter and many herbalists use it as a hepatic and bile stimulant. It is also carminative and anti-inflammatory. Safe for children and the elderly, it can be used in the treatment of intestinal gas, irritable bowel syndrome, and nausea. Other gentle digestive aids, used in a similar vein, are catnip (Nepeta cataria), chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and lemon balm (Melissa officinalis).
- Rejuvenating, skin stimulating bath – pregnancy, bedridden
- Equal parts: Symphytum leaf, Thymus leaf, M. Piperita, Lavandula flowers + Matricaria flowers
- Aura state for migraines, especially after too much sun
Notes: The flavor of lavender tea is stronger than one might expect: slightly bitter, mildly astringent and very aromatic. A little goes a long way. Try combining it with rose petals, mint, chamomile or passionflower for insomnia and decompression. I prefer the external use of essential oil or the ingestion of tea rather than the tincture, but the tincture is serviceable for those who avoid tea and essential oils.
Topical use: A strong infusion of the flowers is made into a sitz bath to heal tears in the perineum from childbirth; combine with calendula flowers (Calendula officinalis), chickweed (Stellaria media) and witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana). Lavender infusion is sometimes used as a douche for vaginal yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis. Sage leaf (Salvia officinalis) and calendula (Calendula officinalis) are welcome additions to this tea. After herbal treatment for vaginal infections, insert two capsules of acidophilus low in the vaginal canal at night just before bed (so they will stay in and melt). Unsweetened live yogurt can be substituted for the acidophilus pills. Both treatments help in replenishing healthy populations of vaginal flora displaced by the anti-microbial douching and infection.
Contra-indications/ Side effects: None known, although its tonic use may be constitutionally inappropriate. For example, if you have very dry skin and mucous membranes the long-term internal use of lavender may be too drying.
Lavender essential oil is used topically as an anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, hypnotic and anxiolytic. Lavender essential oil is always in my first aid kit, car, and travel bag. It is one of the few essential oils that can be used topically without dilution, but it is always prudent to initially try a small amount of the oil on the inside of the arm and watch for 24 hours to see if there is any reaction. After cleaning out and disinfecting scrapes and cuts, I use lavender as an all-purpose anti-microbial. I also employ it to help ease the itch and swelling of mosquito and chigger bites. Lavender is applied topically on sunburn and first degree burns; I like to rub fresh aloe vera gel on the afflicted area and then add a couple drops of lavender essential oil.
Lavender essential oil can be rubbed into the temples along with diluted peppermint essential oil for headaches. A couple drops on the pillow can help ease a busy mind into dreamland. For children that have trouble relaxing into sleep, try adding two to four drops of the essential oil into the bedtime bath.
Finally, I like to use lavender essential oil to freshen up my car (can a motor vehicle really ever feel fresh?!)
Luxurious Lavender and Rose Mineral Foot Bath
The sensitive skin and tissues of the feet contain many nerves and blood vessels that readily absorb the healing effects of essential oils and carry them throughout the body. A foot massage can be easily performed on oneself and is a perfect stress-reducing activity.
1 tablespoon Epsom salts
1 tablespoon sodium bicarbonate or 1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon French white clay powder
8 drops lavender oil
4 drops rose oil
4 drops cedarwood oil
2 drops patchouli oil
2 gallons of hot water
1 tablespoon rose petals
1 tablespoon lavender flowers
Combine dry ingredients. Add the essential oils and mix them evenly.
Dissolve the mixture in a large basin containing two gallons of hot water. Sprinkle flowers into the basin and soak feet for as long as desired.
Lavender and Aromatherapy
Lavender is one of those scents that have the power to evoke the senses. Most notably, feelings of relaxation and well-being. In fact, it was long believed that Cleopatra’s secret weapon, in love, was Lavender.
Calm and refreshing it’s not surprising the word Lavender in Latin (Lavoie) means for wash or bathe. Because of its sweet aroma, it was widely used in Europe as a herb to wash linen. Later, Lavender’s antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties were discovered, giving rise to its use as an aid to bug bites, burns, and skin abrasions. This essential oil is also used to repel mosquitoes. Planting Lavender in one’s garden is a great way to naturally repel unwanted pests. If you like to make your own honey, bees LOVE Lavender flowers or if you prefer to buy honey, you can make a Lavender honey infusion using dried Lavender buds (organic preferably).
Part of the Mint family, there are 39 known species of Lavender. The most popular being Lavandula Angustifolia formerly L. Officinalis. Native to the Western Mediterranean it is often referred to as True Lavender. This species is highly favored for its sweet aroma with minty and camphor undertones. This species is grown at high altitudes which are responsible for its unmistakable sweet overtones. In ancient Greece, Lavender was so highly favored; sonnets and poems were written as a tribute. Ancient Greeks referred to Lavender as nardus, after the Syrian city of Naarda. We are so taken with this wonderful perennial we’ve even named a color after it.
Lavender Essential Oil is used in Aromatherapy to relieve headaches, anxiety, stress, and insomnia. There are a variety of ways to employ its properties beyond using it as a flowering plant in your home or garden. Try filling a sachet with Organic Lavender buds or use bath salts infused with Lavender essential oil in a warm bath. You can use Lavender in an aromatic and relaxing candle or use loose Lavender buds in a sachet that can be placed in clothes drawers, hung in closets or over doorways. Lavender buds release their aroma for long periods of time which allows you to take pleasure in this truly enjoyable and relaxing flowering plant.
Lovely Lavender for the Nervous System
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia and other species)
There are many species of lavender, and any aromatic species can be used. I grow Lavandula angustifolia in my garden for harvesting and usually grow a few different varieties to experiment with. Lavender is not a herb that grows wild in the northeastern United States.
Lovely lavender calms the nervous system, heals burns on the skin, and disinfects harmful bacteria in the digestive tract. You can drink the tea, wash burns with it, cook with it, and even put it in your bucket to wash your floors and walls. This will not only act as a disinfectant, but it will also smell lovely and bring a peaceful vibration into your home.
Lavender is a physical ally in so many ways. Scientific research has shown that it contains a class of molecules called monoterpenes. One of these is perillyl alcohol, which has been shown to help stop cancer cells from dividing. Lavender is also a spiritual ally, helping bring ease and sweetness into our lives.
Use dried lavender flowers and leaves for teas, infusions, baths, oils, sprays, honey balls, or as part of a smoke blend. You can make a soothing lavender bath by adding a half-gallon of lavender tea into your bath water, or grinding dry leaves and flowers and mixing them with sea or Epsom salts. Add one tablespoon or more of this mixture to a bath. Do what’s pleasing to your senses in terms of how strong or mild a lavender aroma you like.
If you are adding essential oil of lavender to a bath, make sure you add it (5-10 drops) after the bath is filled so that it doesn’t dissipate and waste the oil. You can also make your own fresh lavender flower and leaf infused oil. If you use that in your bath, add about a tablespoon when the bath is about half full, and swirl it around to blend it in. It creates a fragrant, beautiful blend and helps in situations on the whole continuum from simple calming to post-traumatic stress healing.
Lavender tea is pain-relieving, muscle-relaxing, anti-depressant, and helps to soothe an aching or breaking heart. For any of these last purposes, it can be used alone or combine it with oat straw.
Lavender helps with tension headaches and anxiety. Herbalist Kiva Rose shares this observation and advice: “Lavender is appropriate as a nervine when a person is anxious, confused and has a wrinkled forehead that can’t relax. The forehead will give it away every time.”
Another lovely way to use your lavender is an infused honey. This helps with agitation, the blues, and bitter grief.
Lavender tea helps ease insomnia. It is a relaxing, restful sleep herb. It’s theorized that chemicals in lavender in lavender interact with the reticular activating system (RAS) in the brain that controls the wake-sleep cycle to induce restful sleep. That may be—or it may be the lavender-hued woman who rises up out of the plant to stroke your hairline like a loving mother (probably right over the area of your reticular activating system) who soothes you to sleep. Or perhaps it’s both, and they are different expressions of the same effect!
You can put a small bag of dried lavender under a pillow, and spray lavender water onto pillows and other bedding for restful sleep and especially to relieve nightmares. I’ve had very good results using lavender for children and adults with nightmares. Here is an easy spray recipe:
Lavender Spray – Variation II
- Dried lavender flowers
- Quart Jar
- Spray bottle
Put 1/8 cup of good-quality dried lavender flowers into a quart jar. Cover with boiled water. Cap and steep for 20 minutes. Decant promptly, squeezing the flowers to retrieve the past of their oils. Fill your spray bottle with the lavender infusion. Keep refrigerated with not in use to prolong the shelf life of this preparation. You can also add one drop or more of the essential oil to help preserve it.
This spray is an indispensable aid when traveling, whether by plane, bus, train or in your own car. I carry a bottle with me almost everywhere. In any public place, your lavender spray will calm and refresh you, and lift your spirits. Its antiseptic oils will help to disinfect germs. You can spray it on your hands and face. It’s very lovely, and people almost never object to it. In fact, more often than not, they ask for some too.
DISCOVER WAYS TO RELAX WITH LAVENDER OIL
A RE-CAP OF LAVENDER OIL
Lavender Essential Oil is an eminent and versatile oil that can be used on almost any part of the body for almost any ailment. It can be used in numerous body care products ranging from skin and hair care to emotional care through aromatherapy. Though the positive effects of Lavender Oil are unseen in aromatherapy, they remain powerful and have beneficial impacts on interconnected body systems. Lavender Oil is famed for its ability to treat aches and pains regardless of whether they are experienced emotionally or physically. This article highlights a small element of possibilities that can be achieved with the advantages of Lavender Essential Oil.
- When diffused, Lavender Essential Oil can relieve headaches and nausea, and it can promote easier breathing by working as a decongestant. It can deodorize stale air, fabrics, and body odors.
- In a massage, Lavender Essential Oil effectively soothes many types of pain, both mental and physical. It boosts circulation, lowers blood pressure, and strengthens muscles.
- In a bath, Lavender Essential Oil can soothe inflammation, cold symptoms, and stimulate the body’s immune function through its anti-microbial properties.
- In cosmetics, Lavender Essential Oil stimulates cell regeneration, detoxifies pores, and relieves itchiness associated with dry skin.
USING LAVENDER OIL IN A DIFFUSER: GET BETTER SLEEP
When diffused, Lavender Essential Oil’s soothing fragrance can relieve headaches and nausea and it can promote easier breathing by working as a decongestant. It can deodorize a room, linens, or the body. Its calming, sedative quality is known to promote rest and relaxation, helping it to treat anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Although diffusing is now commonly associated with electric diffusers, homemade natural sprays and reed diffusers can also be used.
Both Chamomile and Lavender have scents that are considered relaxing. In fact, because Lavender also repelled bedbugs and lice, it was stuffed into special pockets that were sewn into nightcaps. These days, ‘dream pillows’ are often stuffed with Lavender, Chamomile, and Hops and can be tucked under pillowcases. The following is a recipe for a spray, which may be easier to make and use:
- LAVENDER DIFFUSER BLEND TO INDUCE SLEEP
|Chamomile Essential Oil||1 drop|
|Lavender Essential Oil||9 drops|
|Neroli / Vetiver Essential Oil||3 drops|
|Sweet Orange Essential Oil||2 drops|
These oils can be used in a spray bottle, an electric diffuser, or in a reed diffuser; however, the water-to-oil ratios will vary, depending on the method of diffusion and the water capacity of the electric diffuser. Follow the instructions below is using a spray bottle.
- Put oils into a small spray bottle and fill with 60 ml / 2 oz. distilled water.
- Shake the bottle to thoroughly combine the blend.
- Spray over the bed or onto pillows just before bedtime.
- LAVENDER DIFFUSER BLENDS TO IMPROVE SLEEP
|Lavender Essential Oil||4 drops|
|Bergamot Essential Oil||3 drops|
|Lavender Essential Oil||4 drops|
|Bergamot Essential Oil||1 drop|
|Patchouli Essential Oil||1 drop|
|Ylang-ylang Essential Oil||1 drop|
- Add the essential oil blends to an electric diffuser.
SOURCE: 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller & David Schiller
USING LAVENDER OIL IN A MASSAGE: RELIEVE STRESS & PAIN
Lavender Essential Oil can relieve various types of pain such as pain associated with improper digestion, wounds, bloating, muscle aches, joint pains, backaches, and sprains. Diluting it with a carrier oil and using it in a massage can stimulate the intestinal movement that prompts the gastric fluids required for proper digestion. This can help relieve stomach pain, flatulence, vomiting, and diarrhea. Inhaling the aroma of massage oil that is infused with the soothing scent of Lavender Essential Oil will also ease the emotional pain associated with stress and depression, allowing the user to also relax mentally.
- LAVENDER MASSAGE BLEND FOR STRESS RELIEF
|Carrier Oil (Sweet Almond, Avocado, or Grape Seed suggested)||7 t.|
|Bergamot Essential Oil||5 drops|
|Mandarin Essential Oil||4 drops|
|Lavender Essential Oil||4 drops|
|Lemongrass Essential Oil||3 drops|
- Mix the essential oils inside a dark glass or PET plastic bottle.
- Dilute the blend by adding the carrier oil.
- Massage onto chest for comforting and penetrating warmth.
- LAVENDER MASSAGE BLEND FOR MUSCLE PAIN
|Carrier Oil||4 t.|
|Lavender Essential Oil||2 drops|
|Rosemary Essential Oil||2 drops|
- Mix the essential oils in a dark glass or PET plastic bottle.
- Dilute the blend by adding the carrier oil.
- Massage gently onto the body for pain relief.
USING LAVENDER OIL IN A BATH: RELIEVE STRESS AND COLD
When used in a bath, Lavender Essential Oil stimulates the body’s immune function through its anti-microbial properties, which can combat the harmful effects of contaminants on the skin by inhibiting bacterial growth and reproduction. Inhaling the fragrance of bathwater scented with Lavender Oil, which shows anti-inflammatory activity, can relieve inflammation that causes not only a sore body but also sinus pressure and headaches. Its decongestant and expectorant properties make Lavender Essential Oil beneficial for reducing or relieving respiratory issues such as coughs, colds, and the flu. It does this by loosening phlegm and mucus in the nose and throat to facilitate their elimination. Its anti-bacterial activity fights respiratory infections and inflammation from ailments such as bronchitis, laryngitis, and tonsillitis.
Adding Epsom salts to a bath boosts circulation, and relieves a tired and aching body of pain, joint inflammation, and abdominal cramps. Soaking in a salt bath with Lavender relieves tension in the body as well as tension headaches. Sore feet can also find relief from bathing in this therapeutic and stimulating combination that additionally helps detoxify the body and improve digestion.
- LAVENDER BATH BLEND FOR COLD AND PAIN RELIEF
|Carrier Oil (Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil suggested)||4 fl. oz. (125ml)|
|Lavender Essential Oil||10 drops|
|Frankincense Essential Oil||5 drops|
|Marjoram Essential Oil||5 drops|
|Cedarwood Essential Oil||1 drop|
- Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a dark glass or PET plastic bottle.
- Pour into a warm bath.
- Stir ingredients thoroughly into bathwater.
- Soak in the bath.
- Store remaining oil in a cool, dark place outside of the bathroom, which can become humid.
- LAVENDER AND BATH SALT BLEND FOR BODY ACHES
|10-by-10-inch square of muslin/cheesecloth/toe of a nylon stocking||1|
|Lavender Buds||1 cup|
|Lavender Essential Oil||20 drops|
|String/Yarn||Long enough to tie around a small pouch and hang from bathtub tub into the bathwater|
|Epsom Salt or Dead Sea Salt||1 cup|
|Baking Soda (Optional)||½ cup|
- Place Lavender buds in the center of cloth/toe of the stocking.
- Add the essential oil to the buds one drop at a time.
- Gather all the material to create a loose pouch and tie together with the string/yarn.
- Run the bathwater and pour the salt and baking soda directly under the running water to ensure they dissolve.
USING LAVENDER OIL IN COSMETICS: SOOTHE INFLAMMATION AND ITCHING
Used in a moisturizing cosmetic product such as a cream, lotion, or even in a facial steam, Lavender Essential Oil detoxifies, unclogs, tones, and brightens the skin, relieves itching, and can help treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. In facial steams, the steam facilitates the decongestion of the nasal passages caused by allergies, colds, or flu symptoms. The soothing and stimulating aroma not only reduces anxiety, fatigue, and stress but also leaves a cool, clean scent in the home.
By adding moisture to the skin, the cicatrizant properties of Lavender Essential Oil facilitate the soothing of skin that is in need of healing due to dryness, burns, cuts, scrapes, or other damage. Lavender Essential Oil also fights the look of aging by smoothing the look of wrinkles and boosting circulation, which nourishes and oxygenates the skin to keep it looking healthy and rejuvenated.
- LAVENDER BLEND FOR A FACIAL STEAM
|Distilled water||3 cups|
|Lavender Essential Oil||4 drops|
|Geranium Essential Oil||3 drops|
- Thoroughly cleanse the skin.
- Boil 3 cups of distilled or purified water.
- Remove the water from the heat and allow it to cool in a bowl for 5 minutes.
- Add the essential oils to the water and stir.
- Place the bowl somewhere stable and comfortable where you can sit for 10 minutes.
- Drape a large bath towel over your head, shoulders, and the bowl.
- Lean over the bowl with your face 10-12 inches away from the water, close your eyes, breathe deeply, and relax.
- Ensure that your eyes are closed during the entire steam, as the oils may irritate open eyes.
Lavender Essential Oil is known to effectively condition hair and control hair loss. This is due in part to its anti-depressant and sedative properties, which are beneficial for alleviating the stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia with which hair loss is commonly associated. By diluting Lavender Essential Oil in a natural shampoo and regularly massaging it into the scalp, the increased blood circulation will enhance hair growth, condition the hair, treat dandruff and lice, and strengthen hair while improving a negative mindset.
- LAVENDER AND SANDALWOOD CONDITIONING SHAMPOO
|Shampoo Base||100 ml|
|Sandalwood Essential Oil||10 drops|
|Lavender Essential Oil||6 drops|
|Ylang Ylang Essential Oil||4 drops|
- Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a clean, dark container.
- Use a small dab to lather hair, then rinse.
- Repeat, if necessary.
- Follow up with a conditioner or rinse.
- HERBS AND OILS FOR MORE BEAUTIFUL HAIR
Sometimes a little extra help is needed to keep hair beautiful, especially during harsh weather and times of stress. The following are some ideas to inspire self-pampering. Heavier oils can be cut with a bit of Glycerine if preferred.
Carrier Oils that have proven to be excellent for hot-oil treatments are:
- Argan Oil (for all hair types and fine hair)
- Avocado Oil (for dry hair – very heavy – blend a very small amount of other oils or glycerine)
- Calendula Herbal Oil
- Coconut Oil (for greasy hair)
- Jojoba Oil (for all hair types and fine hair)
- Oat Oil (for seborrhea – very heavy – blend a very small amount with other oils or glycerine)
- Olive Oil (for dark hair – very heavy – blend a very small amount with other oils or glycerine)
Essential Oils that may be blended include:
- Chamomile (for fine hair, and blonde hair)
- Chilli (for hair loss)
- Cinnamon Bark (for red and auburn hair)
- Clove Bud (for auburn hair)
- Lavender (for all hair types)
- Rosemary (for dark hair, and thinning gray hair)
- Sage (for dark hair)
- Thyme (for dark hair)
- Gently heat 4 T. of the chosen Carrier Oil.
- Remove from heat and add 30 drops of the chosen Essential Oil(s).
- Massage sparingly into dry hair, focusing especially on the ends. Massage into scalp, if it is very dry.
- Wrap hair with plastic wrap, then wrap over this with a towel.
- Leave in for at least 1 hour.
- Shampoo well, repeating if necessary, then condition as usual.
- If there is enough oil left for another treatment, store in a clean container and refrigerate.
A LIST OF ESSENTIAL OILS IN THIS RECIPE ARTICLE
Chamomile Essential Oil: This oil can improve negative moods, which are commonly associated with sleeplessness. It’s soothing, sedative property promotes the relaxation required for a restful sleep state.
Neroli Essential Oil: Inhaling the alluring, relaxing, uplifting scent of this oil can reduce blood pressure, stress, and feelings of grief. It is known to effectively sedate the body and mind to promote the onset of sleep.
Vetiver Essential Oil: The aroma of this warming, balancing oil has a grounding and sedative effect on the mind. This decreases obsessive, paranoid, phobic, and anger-induced tendencies. Vetiver is known for its ability to stimulate blood circulation and to alleviate aches, pains, and general physical exhaustion. By doing this, it reduces stress and pressure in body and mind.
Sweet Orange Essential Oil: This essential oil is known to prevent fungal infections and to inhibit the growth of further bacterial growth, which is useful for disinfecting wounds.
Bergamot Essential Oil: This energizing oil is known to boost blood circulation and to reduce nervous tension, stress, and anxiety, which in turn replaces negative mental states with feelings of joy, refreshment, and vigor. The relief of heavy emotional stressors such as sadness may lead to reduced blood pressure, increased relaxation, and better regulation of the sleep hormones serotonin and dopamine, which may lead to better sleep.
Patchouli Essential Oil: Patchouli is a sedative oil that is known to relieve tension and uplift negative moods by stimulating the hormones responsible for experiencing pleasure. By relaxing the mind and body, it reduces symptoms of insomnia and promotes restful sleep, which results in improved metabolism and cognition.
Ylang-ylang Essential Oil: This oil is thought to have a euphoric effect on the mood, which helps reduce nervous conditions such as anxiety, tension, and palpitations. It is known to reduce high blood pressure and, being beneficial for regulating rapid heartbeats and breathing, it reduces other negative emotions such as anger and frustration.
Sweet Almond Carrier Oil: This carrier oil provides intense hydration suitable for all skin types. This skin-softening lubricant is almost odorless and is packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, and essential fatty acids. Skin will look and feel nourished and revitalized.
Avocado Carrier Oil: This carrier oil is an odorless healing oil that is silky to the touch and is easily absorbed by the skin. Its anti-wrinkle and regenerative properties prevent the early onset of visible signs of aging by keeping the skin hydrated, nourished, elastic, and soft.
Grapeseed Carrier Oil: This is a light, fast-absorbing oil that promotes the speedy healing of wounds and minimizes the look of scarring. It is odorless and is not known to stain sheets. Skin, being the largest organ, excretes the most toxins from the body thus boosting blood circulation.
Mandarin Essential Oil: This sedative oil relaxes the nerves and promotes feelings of calm, eliminating stress.
Lemongrass Essential Oil: This calming oil is commonly used to relieve anxiety, irritability, and sleeplessness, improving the length and quality of sleep.
Carrier Oil of your choice: Carrier oils help to dilute essential oils before topical application, as their potency can be harmful when used in high concentrations without dilution. Carrier oils also help essential oils remain on the skin longer without quickly evaporating.
Rosemary Essential Oil: This analgesic and anti-inflammatory oil stimulate blood circulation, which is vital to managing pain and which makes it a popular remedy for arthritis, muscle and joint pains, and headaches. It promotes faster healing for wounds by facilitating the process of coagulation.
Frankincense Essential Oil: This oil has a grounding scent and promotes easy breathing. It induces feelings of tranquility, contentment, and relief from the physical and mental efforts of the day, thus proving to have properties that combat depression and anxiety, which are common factors in sleeplessness. It is known to reduce heart rate and blood pressure and to allow the body to reach an ideal body temperature that is conducive to sleep.
Marjoram Essential Oil: This oil relieves pain and spasms associated with ailments such as cramps and pulled muscles. Its antiseptic property protects against viruses and fights against bacteria that make wounds septic, thus promoting faster healing. By stimulating circulation, it warms the body, helps reduce mucus and coughing, and relieves arthritis.
Cedarwood Essential Oil: This antiseptic oil helps the body combat harmful bacteria, and its expectorant properties can clear the respiratory tract by loosening the phlegm that causes congestion.
Steaming Water: Applying steam to the face increases circulation and perspiration, which cleanses the pores of dirt and removes dead skin cells. It plumps and firms skin cells to make the face look fresh and youthful.
Geranium Oil: The sweet, floral scent of this uplifting oil offers relaxation to body and mind. It is known to improve mental function and to boost the moods of those who suffer from anger, anxiety, and depression.
Sandalwood Essential Oil: This oil is known to clean and clear the scalp of dandruff while soothing the senses with its sedative fragrance. It stimulates hair growth and strengthens hair while adding moisture and enhancing its natural shine.