When someone mentions lavender, our mind instantly thinks color and smell. Perhaps a trip to the spa, or the shade of purple we gravitate towards in the spring. But you may not know that the lavender flower and the oil derived from it have long histories in alternative healing.
The first use of lavender has been traced back to ancient Egypt. There, lavender oil played a huge role in the mummification process. In later dates, lavender became a bath additive in several regions, including Persia, ancient Greece, and Rome. These cultures believed that lavender helped purify the body and mind
Today we see that lavender is a multipurpose plant. We see people using it to promote good health and well-being.
Most commonly, lavender is used in aromatherapy. The smell from the lavender oil is believed to promote calmness and wellness. In addition, this oil is a natural remedy for stress. Simply put 2-3 drops in your hand, rub around, and take a few deep breaths to relax.
Today, aromatherapists believe that lavender can ease headaches, restlessness, and nervousness. In Germany, lavender tea has been approved as a supplement to treat sleep disruptions, restlessness, and stomach irritation.
In addition to lavender being used as a source for stress relief, it is also known for its anti fungal properties. It has been proven to reduce inflammation and ease the signs of eczema, acne, and psoriasis. Lavender can also be used to ease the itch and sting from a bug bite.