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For the Love of Lavender
 
 
Aromatherapy has become very popular with lavender leading the charge. Increased research has reached beyond the natural heath industry and has now spilled into the medical institutions. It is applied, or sprayed, or diffused with patients undergoing procedures or immediately following to help calm, relax, and reduce anxiety. It is one of the few essential oils recommended to women during labour and for post partum
depression. It has shown great results for anxious, young children that are faced with challenges in life and school, and for adults and seniors having trouble sleeping and achieving calmness. Lavender really does have therapeutic and healing properties, ranging from inducing relaxation to treating parasitic infections, burns, insect bites, and muscle spasms. It shows promise as a mood stabilizer, sedative and analgesic. So, what makes this plant so amazing? The chemical composition of lavender contains over 160 different constituents, which work together to dilate capillaries and increase blood circulation via topical application and inhalation. Lavender provides gastric soothing properties, and supports the stress response of the central nervous system and of the hippocampus in particular. Inhalation of lavender plays a role on your GABA receptors which are neurotransmitters that affect behavior, cognition, and the body's response to stress.
 
 
Choosing the Right Lavender Essential Oil
 
 
With so many different types of lavender, choosing which one can be a bit confusing. To help simplify the process, we suggest NOW Lavender Essential Oil which is made from “L. Officinalis”. You may find it named as “True lavender”, “Bulgarian lavender”, or “English lavender”. This form of lavender is most frequently used to soothe frazzled emotions, ease headaches, decrease anxious thoughts, and help you to relax. It helps with occasional sleeplessness, restlessness, nausea, and agitation, etc. With its anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties, it is also a good choice for respiratory concerns. You can add NOW Lavender Essential Oil to your diffuser to help alleviate symptoms of stress and irritability, or add a few drops to a strip of cloth tucked into your pillowcase. Take your lavender with you to work and take a few sniffs when feeling
overwhelmed throughout the day. Add NOW Lavender Essential Oil to a base of coconut oil or almond oil and use as a rub for sore muscles, or put a dab of your mixture on pressure points to help relieve headaches. You can even add NOW Lavender Oil and NOW Tea Tree Oil to your child’s shampoo to address head lice or mix Rosemary Oil, Lavender Oil and Cedarwood into your own shampoo to help promote healthy hair. Look for Now Essential Oils. The company extracts its oils properly (low temperature and low pressure), produces oils from plants grown in their indigenous location, uses wild-crafted and organic plants, and gets its oils tested by third-parties to ensure quality. Avoid the words: “fragrance oil,” “perfume oil,” and “nature identical oil.” These words indicate that this is not an essential oil. Therapeutic grade is a catch term that has no defined meaning. Look for essential oils packaged in dark glass and avoid clear glass or plastic bottles.
 
 
Resources
 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612440/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3953654/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22517298
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4815377/
https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01809067
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22612017
 
 
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