by Briana McDonald; Feb. 15, 2017; (UtopiaSilver.com) Lavender is one of the most widely used, versatile herbs on the planet. Its fragrant blooms have been used in a variety of ways over the past several thousand years to calm the spirit, relax the muscles, and to provide relief from a variety of issues. When you begin to infuse lavender into your life, you will deeply appreciate this beautiful plant and all of its healing attributes even more.
Lavender for Pregnancy and Post Partum
Not every woman has the glowing, radiate pregnancy that you so often hear of. Some women face a variety of ailments such as gas, indigestion, cramps, exhaustion, not to mention the stretch marks and scaring that occur as the belly expands to make space for new life. During this time of growth and expansion it is very important that mama take’s exceptionally good care of herself. Lavender is not only soothing to the senses but also to the digestive system and will help relieve the unpleasant side effects of creating another human being like swelling, bloating, and flatulence. It can also diminish the look of stretch marks and scars when applied topically and using during pregnancy has been shown to help with ease during delivery and promote a speedy recovery!
To reap some of these plants benefits during pregnancy add a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to your Epsom Salt Bath. Give yourself at least one of these a week for optimum results. Also add a few drops to some Vitamin E Oil and Coconut Oil to make your own belly rub.
Massaging lavender oil onto the temples, neck and forehead can relieve neck and head tension and promote deeper relaxation. “According to a study published in the European Journal of Neurology people struggling with migraine headaches saw a significant reduction in pain when they inhaled lavender oil for 15 minutes.” 2.
A study on college students found that using lavender oil improved the overall quality of sleep by 60%. This included length of sleep, time it took to fall asleep, and restfulness. If you struggle with sleep try making a mixture of lavender oil, chamomile oil, and magnesium oil to rub on your feet and hands before bed. The soles of the feet absorb nutrients very well so rub the mixture on your soles, put on some socks, and get cozy!
Widely known for its antimicrobial properties, lavender can be used to treat acne, burns, dry skin, eczema, itchy skin, sunburns, seborrhea, and skin inflammation. (For burns or eczema, mix lavender oil with coconut oil in 1:5 ratio for rapid healing)
In fact, just 10 drops of Lavender Oil with 1 ounce of Aloe Vera will soothe the worst burn and bring rapid healing to dry skin, minor cuts and scrapes.
Aside for its aromatherapy benefits, lavender is also known for soothing the lining of the digestive tract and promoting the secretion of bile which helps the body digest fats. In addition to this, lavender also helps relieve gas pressure and constipation.
Scientist from Tunisia set out to test the effects of lavender essential oil on blood sugar to see if it can help with diabetes. During the 15 day study, the results observed were astonishing. In a nutshell, lavender essential oil treatment protected the body from the following symptoms of diabetes:
- Increase in blood glucose
- Metabolic disorders (esp. fat metabolism)
- Weight gain
- Liver and kidney antioxidant depletion
- Liver and kidney dysfunction
- Liver and kidney ipoperoxidation (when free radicals “steal” necessary fat molecules from cell membranes.)
When you infuse lavender into your life, you will fall deeply in love with its many benefits and the relief it provides.
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