Natural Wonder Of Lavender
Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is the most versatile of all essential oils. Most commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body, pure therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for the skin. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations. The fragrance is calming, relaxing and balancing – physically and emotionally. Carrying a lavender oil spray around with you is like having your own personal first aid kit, perfume and pick-me-up. Lavender oil is gentle and healing, and scientific studies now support the range of health benefits and amazing capabilities of this natural wonder.
Because of its powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial, sedative, calming and anti-depressive properties, lavender oil benefits abound and it’s been used both cosmetically and therapeutically for centuries. Lavender essential oil is the most common used essential oil in the world today, but the benefits of lavender were actually discovered over 2,500 years ago. The Egyptians used lavender for mummification and as a perfume. In fact, when King Tut’s tomb was opened in 1923, there was said to be a faint scent of lavender that could still be detected after 3,000 years.
Early and modern aromatherapy texts advocate for lavender’s use as an antibacterial essential oil. The leaves and stems of the plant were used to prepare decoctions against digestive system diseases and rheumatism, and lavender was valued for its cosmetic purposes. The Romans used lavender oil for bathing, cooking and purifying the air. And in the Bible, lavender oil was among the aromatics used for anointing and healing.
Today, the widely recognised benefits of pure lavender oil for your body include:
- Reduces anxiety and emotional stress
- Improves brain function
- Helps to heal burns and wounds
- Encourages and improves sleep
- Restores skin complexion and helps reduce acne
- Slows the effects of aging with powerful antioxidants
- Assists with inflammation and relieves pain
- Alleviates headaches
Lavender Oil Benefits and Studies
- Antioxidant Protection
Free radicals, like toxins, chemicals and pollutants, are arguably the most dangerous and most common risk factor for every disease that affects us today. Free radicals are responsible for shutting down your immune system and can cause unbelievable damage to your body and promote sickness and disease.
The body’s natural response tofree radical damage is to create antioxidant enzymes — especially glutathione, catalase and superoxide dismutase (SOD) — that prevent these free radicals from doing their damage. Unfortunately, your body can actually become deficient in antioxidants if the free radical burden is great enough, which has become relatively common due to poor diet and high exposure to toxins. Lavender essential oil is a natural antioxidant that works to prevent and reverse disease.
- Improves Mood and Reduces Stress
In recent years, lavender oil has been widely recognised for its unique ability to protect against neurological damage. Traditionally, lavender has been used to treat neurological issues like migraines, stress, anxiety and depression, recent research also suggests a significant reduction of postnatal depression and reduced anxiety disorder after a four-week treatment plan of lavender aromatherapy. Lavender oil has also been shown to improve PTSD symptoms, helping to decrease depression, sleep disturbances, and moodiness.
- Supports Brain Function
The neurological benefits of lavender essential oil don’t stop at its ability to treat depression, improve and boost mood. Research also shows that lavender oil serves as a natural treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Studies show that inhaling lavender essential oil can help to prevent brain oxidative stress and improve cognitive impairment. Researchers believe that lavender’s neuroprotective effects are due to its natural antioxidant properties. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23351960)
- Heals Burns and Cuts
Widely known for its antimicrobial properties, for centuries lavender oil has been used to prevent various infections and combat bacterial and fungal disorders. In fact, almost 100 studies have been conducted establishing this benefit of lavender over and over again. Research shows that lavender oil speeds the healing of burns, cuts, scrapes and wounds — and a big part of this is because of its antimicrobial compounds.
A 2016 study conducted on rats found that lavender oil promoted wound healing in the early phase by accelerating the formation of granulation tissue (tissue from the healing surface of the skin) and promoting collagen synthesis. The area of wounds treated with lavender oil was significantly decreased compared to the control group. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4880962
- Promotes Healthy Skin and Hair
Due to its antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics, lavender essential oil has profound benefits on your skin. Using lavender oil topically can help to improve a number of skin conditions, from canker sores to allergic reactions, acne and age spots. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help to ease skin conditions and reverse signs of aging. Studies also show that lavender oil, along with other essential oils like thyme, rosemary and cedarwood, can significantly improve alopecia areata and hair loss when massaged into the scalp daily.
Our Technical Director and PhD Chemist Dr. Visay Viengkhou (Dr. V) says:
“There are hundreds if not thousands of comprehensive scientific articles written about the wonderful properties of Lavender Oil, so the benefits are well known and recognised worldwide. Just treat your skin and immerse your senses with G&M Cosmetic’s DR V: Lavender, Chamomile and Sage Body wash and Lotion; and Native Australian: 100% Certified Organic Lavender Oil. You will feel the benefits and enjoy the experience.”
Dr V Lavender, Chamomile & Sage Oil Body Wash has been formulated to reinvigorate stressed and tired skin. Containing natural essential oils renowned for their calming effect, this sulphate free formulation will make your skin feel rejuvenated, may aid in relaxation and the reduction of anxiety. Scientifically formulated to control neurogenic and immunogenic inflammatory pathways that lead to skin sensitivity, this gentle body wash will bring relief to sensitive skin and assist with the symptoms of eczema and other skin irritations; and will revitalise your senses.
Dr V Lavender, Chamomile & Sage Oil Body Lotion – this luxuriant all over body moisturiser will rehydrate and bring relief to sensitive skin. Combined with the renowned natural healing properties of Moroccan Argan Oil and Avocado Oil, rich in vitamins, anti-oxidant and amino acids, to invigorate dry and combination skin. With no added perfumes this soothing body lotion helps soften and rejuvenate damaged skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and silky smooth.
- Relieves Headaches
If you are one of the millions of people struggling with tension or migraine headaches, pure lavender oil may just be the natural remedy you’ve been looking for. It’s one of the best essential oils for headaches because it naturally induces relaxation and relieves tension. It works as a natural sedative, anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant and calming agent.
According to a study published in European Neurology, people struggling with migraine headaches saw a significant reduction in pain when they inhaled lavender oil for 15 minutes. The difference between the control group and lavender oil treatment group was statistically significant. Of the 129 headache attack cases, 92 responded entirely or partially to lavender.
- Improves Sleep and Insomnia
Because of lavender oil’s sedative and calming properties, it works to improve sleep and treat insomnia. There are numerous studies, which demonstrate the sleep-inducing, natural calming effects of lavender oil. Inhaling lavender has shown to reduce sleep disturbance, improve quality and duration of sleep, fight insomnia and improve overall well-being. Plus, unlike most sedative drugs, lavender does not cause any unwanted addictive side effects. It actually promotes general mental and physical health.
- Relieves Pain
Several studies have found that lavender oil helps as a natural painkiller. Simply rubbing lavender into the area of concern can reduce inflammation and pain intensity, helping to alleviate the symptoms of many health conditions. A recent study, published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that a combination of lavender, marjoram, peppermint and black pepper essential oils improved neck pain when applied to the affected area daily.
And yet another recent study proved that lavender oil, when massaged into the skin, can help to relieve menstrual pain and cramping in the lower abdomen. The results of this study suggest that lavender oil can be used as a natural remedy for PMS and menstrual cramps.
Recommended Uses for Lavender Oil
- Massaging lavender oil into the back of your neck, chest, wrists and temples can induce relaxing and calming effects. If you are experiencing muscle or joint pain, apply 2–3 drops of lavender to the affected area for relief.
- To relieve stress and anxiety, support the nervous system and improve sleep, diffuse lavender or inhale it directly from the bottle. This can be particularly useful before and after surgical procedures and chemotherapy treatment