Health benefits of lavender oil

Last Updated 21 August 2015, 18:25 IST
Known for its soothing fragrance, versatility and detoxifying properties, lavender oil is an important ingredient in making perfumes and in many aromatic preparations. Lavender oil is extracted from the flowers of lavender plant through steam distillation method. It is known for its anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, stimulating and antimicrobial properties. However, lavender oil is not recommended for pregnant ladies and small children.

Here’s looking at some of its health benefits:

n Lavender oil is a bug repellent. If applied to the exposed parts of the body, the oil can be helpful in preventing the irritating bites of mosquitoes, midges and moths.

n Lavender essential oil induces sleep and can be used as an alternative treatment for insomnia.

n It is very effective in treating skin disorders and raised sores on the face and body, developed due to bacterial infection.

n Lavender essential oil is an excellent remedy in dealing with different types of pains due to muscle tension, sprains, backaches and lumbago.

n It imparts a calming scent that relaxes our senses and is helpful in treating nerves and anxiety issues. The refreshing aroma of this oil removes nervous exhaustion,
depression and emotional stress.

n It is also widely used for cold, throat infections, flu, cough, bronchitis and asthma. The stimulating nature of this oil relieves congestion and is helpful in treating respiratory disorders.

n When mixed with other oils, lavender oil is frequently used in various forms such as aromatherapy oils, gels, lotions, creams and soaps.

n This oil is helpful for haircare and is effective in treating problems such as hair loss, lice and nits.

n Lavender oil is helpful in dealing with issues related to digestion as it increases the mobility of food within the intestine.
(Published 21 August 2015, 15:44 IST)

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