10 Natural Healing Properties of Lavender
Lavender is a beautiful purplish herb that inspires a feeling of calm. Just smelling it can put you into a more peaceful state. But, lavender is more than a pretty flower. This herb has natural healing properties that people have been using for centuries.
Lavender is a component of compounds used for herbal and alternative medicine and aromatherapy. Its sweet essence has made its way into shampoos, oils, and lotions. However, that is not the best way to get its healing benefits. It is best used in tinctures, as an essential oil, in teas, salves and other preparations. Here are ten facts about the natural healing properties of lavender:
1. Lavender oil has antiseptic properties. The oil of lavender is extracted from the actual flower and not the leaves or seeds. It is good for cleaning scrapes and cuts that may contain foreign material. Use lavender oil to clean surfaces in your home to lower your bacterial count.
2. Linalol is an active substance in lavender that heals sores, burns and other wounds. Pain and inflammation are reduced at the site of pain.
3. Lavender reduces anxiety and other nervous conditions. Create a sachet with soothing leaves and tuck it into your drawer or under your pillow. Add essential lavender oil to your bath water for a calming bath. Use water infused with lavender leaves to soothe painful joints and muscles.
4. For headaches, apply lavender oil to a cotton ball or your fingertips and massage slowly into your temples. The smell will relax you as the oil eases your headache.
5. Lavender is used in aromatherapy massage as a muscle relaxant. Massaging the oil into the skin unknots the muscles of the back and reduces a spasm, which can be helpful during a woman’s menstrual cycle.
6. Using lavender in an oil diffuser helps with insomnia. The sweet woody smell of the lavender oil helps you to fall asleep and stay asleep.
7. Lavender has also been used as an expectorant. It breaks up the mucous from nasal and chest congestion that accompanies a cold. It is also useful in remedies for other respiratory conditions.
8. Lavender can be used as a tincture to treat fungal infections such as vaginal yeast.
9. Lavender can be taken as a diluted essence. One or two drops of the essence in a glass of water can be taken internally for many conditions such as depression, hysteria, and fainting.
10. Inhaling lavender oil can help with pain management, especially after surgery.
Lavender is a lot more than just a pretty herb. Its medicinal properties have been known for centuries. Use lavender today to heal everything from headaches to fungal infections and anxiety to insomnia. Before using any type of natural healing therapy instead of or in conjunction with conventional medicines, consult your doctor.