Lavender Essential Oil
Steam distilled from the flowers and leaves of the lavender plant, Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is the most versatile of all essential oils. Most commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body, therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for the skin.
By combating free radicals in the body, antioxidants slow down the aging process and alleviate skin damage. Lavender essential oil is a natural antioxidant that works to prevent and reverse disease by increasing the activity of the body’s most powerful antioxidants glutathione, catalase and SOD. Lavender can also significantly reduce age spots, sunspots, and other skin damage.
Lavender essential oil has anxiety reducing—or anxiolytic—effects which make it useful for easing the symptoms of anxiety, stress, melancholy, migraines, depression, insomnia and has been shown to improve PTSD symptoms. Lavender oil is particularly good for panic attacks and general nervousness. Lavender, as well as beneficial effects on depression.
Lavender essential oil, used for anxiety and depression, is considered a nervous system restorative and helps with inner peace, sleep, restlessness, irritability, panic attacks, nervous stomach and general nervous tension. New research is suggesting that one fragrant compound present in lavender can lessen anxiety by stimulating the nose to pass signals to the brain through smell and not by being absorbed into the bloodstream via the lungs.
With both stimulant and sedative effects, Lavender Essential Oil helps ease stress by calming the mind and inducing relaxation while helping to lift one’s spirits. Lavender Essential Oil is great with meditation.
Supports Brain Function
Lavender is known for its unique ability to protect against neurological damage. Inhaling lavender essential oil vapor may help to prevent brain oxidative stress and improve cognitive impairment. Both lavender aromatherapy and oral lavender may offer protection to cognitive health and function, including memory.
Lavender oil has been used for thousands of years to naturally treat burns. Lavender oil speeds the healing of burns, cuts, scrapes, and wounds due in part to its antimicrobial compounds. Extracts from the lavender plant (Lavandula officinalis) have at least seven active ingredients known to promote skin regeneration and boost immune function. With antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties, lavender oil has been known to reduce symptoms of pain and swelling while lowering the risk of various infections and combating bacterial and fungal disorders. Lavender also helps to prevent scarring.
Lavender oil is a potent source of three of your bodies most powerful antioxidant properties that rejuvenate the skin, glutathione, catalase, and superoxide dismutase, along with other beneficial phytochemicals that fight free radical damage and help protect against wrinkles, fine lines, and dark age spots. Lavender Essential Oil also acts as a moisturizer and aids in rejuvenation by increasing blood flow to allow nutrients and oxygen to reach skin cells.