Mark Twain rightly said, "Forgiveness is the smell that lavender gives out when you tread on it." Lavender represents enchantment and love. Did you know that lavender comes from the Latin word 'lavare,' which means 'wash'? In ancient times, lavender was also used as a holy herb! Hence, it is known for many other things beyond its scent and charm.
Benefits of Lavender Oil & Fragrance
1. Lavender has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety
The proven ability of lavender to reduce stress and anxiety is arguably the holy grail of lavender benefits. The smell of lavender stimulates brain activity. By providing a calming sensation to the brain, the smell influences mood, productivity, and mental illness.
According to research, lavender can help with anxiety symptoms such as restlessness, disturbed sleep, and even physical symptoms that anxiety can cause. Lavender has also been shown to improve general well-being and quality of life. This is due to lavender's anxiety-relieving properties, comparable to those of common anxiety medications.
2. Lavender has the ability to alleviate pain
Lavender is well-known for alleviating pain, whether acute or chronic. The same study mentioned above also included 100 ICU patients and discovered that massaging lavender essential oil into the patients' feet resulted in significant changes. Reduced blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, wakefulness, and pain were among them.
When someone is in pain, their blood pressure and heart rate rise, indicating that lavender may work as an all-natural pain reliever. Other research suggests that lavender may act as a painkiller when rubbed into a painful area of the body.
3. Lavender contains antibacterial and antifungal properties
Lavender is well-known for its soothing scent, but did you know it also has antibacterial and antifungal properties? Lavender essential oil is being studied to see how it compares to common antifungal medications.
Early evidence suggests that lavender may be more effective, making it a possible antifungal agent. It has also been effective against a wide range of bacteria, including staph infections. Both fungal and bacterial infections are unpleasant, and lavender may have more power than we previously thought to alleviate some of their symptoms.
4. When inhaled, lavender can promote deep sleep
It's no secret that lavender is widely used to promote restful sleep. Before lavender essential oils and lavender-scented products like eye masks and heating pads became widely available, people would dry lavender flowers and place them in a bag under their pillow.
A 2015 study suggests that inhaling lavender can improve deep sleep. This is because lavender aroma increases delta waves in slow-wave sleep, the deepest sleep stage. It also reduces alpha waves in wake-stage sleep, reducing the amount of restless sleep a person may have. The best way to practice this is to light up a DeBelle Luxe Scented Soy Wax Candle in the variant Lavender & Fresh Herbs; you'll have the sweetest dreams!
5. Lavender loves your hair too!
Lavender has antimicrobial properties that help prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi while also improving scalp health. This is especially beneficial if you have a sensitive scalp because it helps to prevent itchiness and dandruff. Lavender oil helps to increase circulation to hair follicles, encouraging your hair to grow thicker and faster than usual.
Apply several drops of lavender oil to your scalp after mixing it with 3 tablespoons of carrier oil, such as olive oil or melted coconut oil. Allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes before washing and shampooing. This can be done several times per week.
We can already see vast lavender fields in France strewn with purple bouquets of peace and happiness! Sweet lavender is a mystical plant with intoxicating and therapeutic properties. It is currently the most widely used essential oil in the world. So if you haven’t tried a lavender-based product yet, then now is the time! If you’re still skeptical about using them on your skin, you can surely try out a lavender shade nail polish!