Healing with Lavender
Lavender is so much more than just a calming scent. It can also soothe and heal an amazing variety of ailments.
When you begin building up your collection of essential oils, there is no better place to start than with lavender. Its dreamy fragrance has made it a popular perfume for centuries, but this gentle herb also has powerful harmonising properties.
The Healing Herb
The valuable therapeutic oil produced by lavender flowers can be used to treat troubles of the heart and mind. It is widely used by herbalists and aromatherapists to treat depression, but its healing properties also run to pain relief of a more physical kind. As a massage oil, lavender relaxes muscles and eases tension. Its strong antiseptic properties effectively heal conditions such as acne and sunburn. The leaves, flowers, and seeds of lavender have a sweet scent with woody undertones. Oils is extracted from its flowers. Lavender is the perfect bathroom oil. It will relax your mind and muscle after a hard day’s work, and is also good for your skins and hair.
Active Ingredients of Lavender
The combination of compounds that make up lavender contribute to its legendary healing powers. The powerful aroma of lavender comes from the aldehydes it contains. These compounds also add to the oil’s soothing properties. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be applies undiluted. It can even be used on sunburned or damaged skin.
- Alcohol – Lavender oil contains up to 50 percent of the alcohol linalol. Linalol helps to kill bacteria and viruses. It also helps to heal burns, wounds and sores.
- Ketones – Ketones are compounds that help to relieve pain, build new skin tissues and reduce inflammation. They also have a sleep inducing effect. Ketones can be toxic, so lavender that contains an amount above 35 percent should be avoided. Diabetics, epileptics and pregnancy women should avoid them completely.
- Esters – Esters are compounds that ease swelling and soreness, prevent muscle spasms, fight fungal infections and prevent scarring. They also help to regulate your moods, preventing you from experiencing depression and hysteria.