Reduce Inflammation With Lavender Essential Oil
I talk a lot about inflammation and it's connection to disease development on my blog. So today I thought I might take us in a different direction. While food and lifestyle directly impact our health and the level of inflammation in our body, an area I haven't touched on is the role of essential oils in our health. Essential oils, when used correctly, can be a great addition to your daily health regimen.
One of the most basic and primary essential oils you should have on hand is lavender oil. This magical oil has numerous amazing benefits and will definitely come in handy if you have little ones to watch over.
Lavender is a powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial, and sedative. It has calming and antidepressive properties. The aroma of lavender oil is great to diffuse in your home; you only need about 3-4 drops. You can also apply it to your hands, wrists, chest, neck, and feet. Some people find it best to dilute 2-3 drops of the oil with 1-2 drops of carrier oil or water when applying directly to the skin. You can also apply some to your hand, then cup both hands around your mouth and breathe deeply. Inhalation of lavender essential oil can be very therapeutic.
For a detailed rundown on using essential oils safely, check out this article from Dr. Axe.
Using these methods of application, lavender essential oil can:
1. Help You Sleep
Lavender oil has a soothing aroma that can ease insomnia and help you get an overall restful sleep at night.
2. Relieve Anxiety
Using lavender oil can have a calming and relaxing effect that eases tension from stress, nervousness, and anxiety.
3. Ease Pain From Minor Burns
Putting a few drops of lavender oil on a minor burn can help ease the pain from the burn, lower swelling, and even help guard against blistering.
4. Moisturize Your Skin
Get relief from dry, chapped, sunburned, or eczema skin problems with the smoothing and moisturizing effects of lavender oil.
5. Clean and disinfect minor cuts/wounds
Lavender oil helps to stop bleeding of minor cuts and scrapes. It is also an anti-bacterial so it will clean and disinfect these wounds as well. Apply 2-3 drops to the infected area.
When you are sleeping well you have less inflammation occuring. When you have lower or no anxiety, you have less inflammation. Lavender essential oil is a natural antioxidant that works to prevent and reverse disease. Anytime you have less inflammation you have less chance of disease and greater overall health.
When chooseing an essential oil product always make sure you get the highest quality (therapeutic grade), as that will translate to better benefit.
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