I have a bit of a love/hate relationship going on with lavender. I have a problem with the smell. It’s basically not a smell that makes me go “mmm”. Given the choice I’d rather smell a fruity fragrance, vanilla or honey (Marc Jacobs Honey is delicious).
That aside I have to admit that lavender is good for me. It is claimed to have loads of health benefits helping to relieve symptoms relating to:
- Headaches and dizziness
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Worms (yuck)
- Head lice
- Dry skin
What makes lavender so important to me is the effects it can have on my anxiety. One of my main issues is anxiety and therefore I am always interested in finding ways of overcoming the dizzy waves of anxiety that wash over me on a regular basis. I have been on medication before but I don’t like taking it so instead I try a more natural approach. When I read that lavender was beneficial I gave it a try and I have to say that it does help.
Using Lavender for Anxiety
The way I use lavender is simply by smelling it. I find the smell alone has a calming effect on me. My heart rate begins to slow to a more acceptable pace and as a result the dizziness wanes and I am left being able to regain my composure long enough to begin listening to the sensible side of my brain telling me that it’s okay, I’m not going to die on the spot.
There are other ways that lavender is used to treat anxiety:
- Massages – mix in a couple of drops of the lavender essential oil with almond oil (or olive oil if that’s all you have) and focus on the pulse points of the body.
- Bathing – look for lavender bath products but read the label to ensure you’re getting the real deal. You can also add a few drops of the essential oil directly into your bath, but no more than 6 for a full bath and make sure you mix it in well.
- Oil burners – one or two drops in an oil burner and top up with water
- Drinking lavender tea – I can’t imagine this being a tasty brew but I might try to find some so I can give it a go myself)
If you want to test the calming properties of lavender there are a few things to remember.
- Lavender scented products aren’t going to do anything for you, you need and deserve the real deal. Always look for genuine lavender essential oils in the ingredients or go and buy your own from a trusted seller.
- Lavender essential oil should never be taken orally.
- If you have an anxious child always make sure you dilute the oil.
- Don’t use it if you’re pregnant or breast feeding.
- You might be allergic so if you get headaches, chills or feel nauseous or vomit after inhaling lavender or using it on your skin it’s a good idea to stop using it effective immediately.
Whether you love or hate lavender there’s no denying the power that is found in this incredible plant.