Lavendergot its name from the Latin word ‘lavare’, meaning ‘to wash’, presumablybecause of its aroma which leaves the feeling of cleanliness. Lavenderessential oil is used to alleviate pain, improve poor blood circulation, treatthe respiratory tract problems, relieves nervousness and tension and as a scalpand skin disinfectant. Lavender essential oil is obtained from fragrant flowersof the lavender plant by way of steam distillation. Its flowers are also apopular ingredient of potpourris and perfumes, while the oil is very muchvalued in aromatherapy for making different scented mixtures as well as soaps,gels, lotions, infusions and aromatherapy oils. Geranium, cedar wood, nutmeg,pine and clary sage are some of the essential oils that go particularly wellwith the lavender oil.Lavenderessential oil has many health benefits, such as the following:Thesoothing and refreshing aroma of lavender essential oil helps in boostingmental activity, relieving stress, nervous tension, headaches, anxiety anddepression. Furthermore, it is often used as a remedy for insomnia, since ithelps one to fall asleep.Whenit comes to pain relief, lavender essential oil is indispensable in alleviatingpains in relation to rheumatism, backache, lumbago and sprains, as well asmuscular tension and aches and soreness of muscles. For those suffering fromthe pain in the joints, regular massage with lavender oil is highlyrecommended.Lavenderessential oil is also beneficial to the urinary tract since it stimulates urineproduction and restores hormonal balance. It helps in soothing inflamed urinarybladder and the accompanying cramps.Respiratoryproblems such as cold, sinus congestion, throat infections, tonsillitis,asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough can be treated with the lavender oil. It isoften an ingredient of vaporizers and inhalers used to treat cold and coughs,or it can be rubbed on the neck, chest and back with the same effect.Thanksto its antifungal and antiseptic characteristics, lavender oil is also used fortreating skin conditions including acne, wrinkles and psoriasis. It also helpsregenerate scar tissue so it is used to heal cuts, wounds, burns and sunburns.When mixed with chamomile, it is used for the treatment of eczema.Poorblood circulation is enhanced and high blood pressure lowered by using lavenderessential oil.Lavenderoil also helps digestion since it stimulates intestine movement and theproduction of gastric juices and bile, so it is beneficial in the treatment ofstomach pain, indigestion, colic, vomiting and diarrhea.Ifused regularly, lavender essential oil can help to boost the immune system.Apartfrom this, lavender oil can be used to treat leucorrhea. Since it repelsinsects such as moths and mosquitoes, it can be found in insect repellents.
Diabeticsas well as pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised not to use the lavenderoil since it can cause nausea, vomiting and headaches. Persons with sensitiveskin may experience allergic reactions to the lavender essential oil.