Healing Tip: Lavender Oil Relieves Stress, Depression, and More
There’s a reason that lavender is often used in bath salts, body lotions, candles, and massage oils. The fragrance of this flower is just plain relaxing—and scientific studies prove it.
Florida researchers have found that lavender oil reduces anxiety and lowers pulse rates in nursing students taking stressful tests. And in hospital settings, lavender aromatherapy has been demonstrated to decrease pre-surgery distress and to be more relaxing than massage or merely resting.
Lavender essential oil has medicinal properties as well. It has been shown to reduce depression, improve insomnia, and ease labor pains. And anecdotal evidence suggests that lavender may also be helpful for headaches, hangovers, sinus congestion, and pain relief.
Enjoying the benefits of lavender is simple. A few drops of essential oil may be added to your bath or to lotion or massage oil, and diffusers and aromatherapy candles can fill the air with this stress-reducing scent. Look for 100 percent pure essential oils in your health food store or online. Good brands include Aura Cacia essential oils and Aroma Naturals aromatherapy candles.
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