What if you could feel both relaxed and alert without having to resort to pharmaceutical medications or dangerous stimulants?
Mother nature provides these qualities, and many more powerful medicinal effects in a single flower – lavender.
Botanical medicine has been used for centuries, but few flowers have been studied by modern medicine so completely. Lavender is antibacterial, antifungal, carminative (smooth muscle relaxing), sedative, anti-depressive, and effective for healing burns and insect bites.
This flower that grows primarily around the Mediterranean Sea, southern Europe, northern and eastern Africa, the Middle East, and Asia includes more than 30 species and subspecies, but they all have these same seemingly miraculous effects.
The primary function of lavender oil is on the sympathetic nervous system. When we are in fight-or-flight mode due to a perceived threat, capillaries narrow, which increases blood pressure and heart rate. Our digestion grinds to a halt.
Though our lung capacity increases, cortisol norepinephrine and epinephrine (also known as adrenaline), and other hormones are dumped into our blood.
The body perceives a single fight-or-flight moment as a do-or-die incident, and it cannot focus on other vital tasks, like ridding itself of toxins or assimilating nutrients.
Because almost every tissue has receptors for cortisol, stress feels like a whole body experience! You can see why it might be very beneficial to use an essential oil like lavender which has such a powerful effect on this “stress” process.
Just scenting a room with lavender essential oil can help to lower aggression and anxiety, help boost a sense of well-being, and help people feel more alert and aware.
But that’s not all:
A lavender solution or lavender oil applied directly to the skin can speed up wound healing.
Lavender can boost your mood when you’re feeling a little down, but it can also prevent depression (even postpartum depression in women).
Lavender can help reduce PMS symptoms by helping to calm the nervous system.
Lavender can reduce chronic pain.
Lavender can reduce a candida albicans overgrowth.
Smelling lavender can help you fall asleep when you suffer from insomnia.
People who get anxious sitting in the dental chair can use lavender to help soothe their nerves.
You can rub a little lavender oil on your temples, or the palms of your hands when in a crowded place like airports or subway stations to both ward of disease, and stay calm and centered.
Put a drop of lavender oil on a bee sting or ant bite to stop the itching or burning.
Use l2-3 drops of lavender oil on a minor burn to reduce pain and swelling.
People who have coronary bypass surgery can calm their hearts and nervous systems with lavender.
Lavender oil reduced migraine headaches by 74% in one study.
It may seem odd that a single essential oil – lavender – could be so powerful, but the olfactory nerves in our noses communicate some very strong messages to our brains.
Since lavender helps to communicate a message of calm and ease to the brain, stress is lowered, depression is reduced, and healing can begin.
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