Essential Oil Saturday: Featuring Lavender
Essential Oils are a great, natural way for any mom to use around the house. Not only does it smell great, buts it's safe for kids and pets to be around. In the next weeks, I will be covering different essential oils and there uses. This week, I will be featuring Lavender oil.
Lavender is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and India. Lavender was one of the Holy Herbs used to prepare the Holy Essence and 'Spikenard' is mentioned in the Bible in the 'Song of Solomon' (Lavender Sense). Today lavender is cultivated all around the world due to its intoxicating scent and many uses. Here are 5 Uses every mom can use and appreciate.
Insect repellent:The smell of Lavender can be very potent, especially to bugs such as mosquitoes and moths. With the summer on its way, it's a great way to prevent irritating bug bites. Simply apply to the skin. If you do acquire a bug but, Lavender Oil can also be used as anti-inflammatory (Info Achs). Living in California, it’s important for my family and I to always protect ourselves from bugs. With Lavender Oil, I feel same putting this not only on my oil skin, but my kids’ skin and not worry about any other unknown chemicals.
Sleep: Lavender has been proven to aid in insomnia. Lavender helps slow down the heart rate and decrease blood pressure; ultimately, leaving your body in a more relaxed state. While it is important to note that lavender does not cure insomnia, but it can aid in those nights that are harder to fall asleep (NCBI). After long days and my stepdaughters are cranky and refusing to go to sleep, this is a perfect way to help them relax. I simply put a little on their foreheads, under their noses, and behind their ears. Before you know it, they are fast asleep.
Nervous System: Lavender can be very calming to the body. Because of this, it is a great way to help with anxiety, depression, and stress. The lavender aroma can decrease restlessness and increase mental activity. Lavender Oil can also Increase cognitive function for individuals (NCBI). Being a mom who is also in college can be tough, but Lavender Oil has helped me stay calm when stressful times arise such as tests, presentations, etc.
Pain: Lavender Oil can be a great remedy for pain caused by sore or aching muscles, sprains, and joint pain. With lowering blood pressure, and increasing blood flow to the pained area. It has also been proven to help with pain post C-Section and Perineal discomfort after childbirth (NCBI). During my 7th month of pregnancy, Lavender Oil has been extremely helpful in helping with the discomfort in my back and hips. Also, since my spouse does have a laborious job, it is extremely helpful for aches and pains in his joint, specifically ankles.
Blood Circulation: As stated before, Lavender Oil can help with blood flow and lowering heart rate; which, can also lower blood pressure. With better blood flow can increase oxygen to all parts of the body and increase the functionality of all parts of the body. Benefits of this include better brain activity, brightens skin, and lowers the risks of heart attack and atherosclerosis (NCBI). With my family having a history with high blood pressure, I have always tried to use lavender oil when I can.
Caution: As with all essential oils, Lavender is not to be considered a cure all, and you should always ask your doctor before using Lavender Oil for your individual health benefits. Because of the potency of Lavender Essential Oils may cause an allergic reaction for people with sensitive skin. To help with this, you can always use a carrier oil (coconut, olive, jojoba, etc.). Lavender Oil should never be ingested.