4 Ways to Use Lavender
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Lavender? I picture the peaceful fields of purple flowers and instantly find myself at peace. Lavender, or Lavendula angustifolia, is one of the most common anxiolytic herbs. While it is gentle, it also has the ability to strengthen our nervous system and help with exhaustion. Native to the Mediterranean region, the Arabian Peninsula, Russia, and Africa, it has been used throughout history medically, cosmetically, in the kitchen and in the home. Lavender can be added to baked goods, candles and shampoos. Here are a few more ways you can add lavender to your life and experience all the calming benefits this beautiful plant!
1. Diffuse the oil: Lavender essential oil is the perfect oil to diffuse into a room. Add a few drops to your diffuser, humidifier, or simply a bowl of hot water – sit back and relax as the soothing smell fills the room and help you unwind. This is perfect when done 20 minutes before bed or after returning home from a busy day.
2. Destress with “perfume”: If you start to feel yourself become anxious during the day, add a few drops of essential oil to your wrists. Breathing in the fragrant smell will instantly put you at ease. Bonus- it smells lovely too!
3. Sip on some tea: Place 1 teaspoon of dried lavender in one cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes and then enjoy! Lavender does have a strong taste however, so another option would be to mix it with your favourite herbal tea to enhance the flavour.
4. Place on your pillow: Place a few drops of the essential oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow prior to bed. The relaxing smell will help you calm down, fall asleep easier and have a better sleep overall.
-Lavender. Natural medicines. Retrieved from: https://naturalmedicines-therapeuticresearch-com.ccnm.idm.oclc.org/databases/food,-herbs-supplements/professional.aspx?productid=838