Are you ready for a New Year? We are excited to see what the New Year brings, aside from another birthday, which means we’re getting older. But then again, we’re still on the right side of the grass, and that’s always a positive. Smile.
Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are behind us, how about some rest and relaxation? So let’s take a mental break and talk about something quite soothing…lavender.
I’m talking about the scent, not the color. (Although the color can be quite calming too.)
I’m sure you’ve heard over the years that lavender is helpful for falling asleep. Hasn’t someone suggested to you to spritz a lavender linen spray on your pillowcase? Or bathe your baby in a lavender scented bubble bath to help your little one sleep?
So, does lavender really help you sleep?
According to studies done at Charles Sturt University in Austrialia, the University of Miami and the University of Northumbria in the United Kingdom, all concluded thatthe results of lavender aromatherapy were positive for drowsiness when exposed to lavender essential oils. It was also noted that moods of the study participants were more upbeat than those in the control group who hadn’t received lavender aromatherapy. Lavender studies have indicated that just inhaling lavender essential oil may calm the nervous system, improve quality of sleep, soothe and relax and improve the mood of those who suffer from sleep disorders.
Studies also suggest that a massage, which includes lavender essential oil, may improve sleep quality, mood, and concentration and lessen anxiety. Several smaller studies indicate that lavender aromatherapy may assist in agitation reduction in people with dementia. Germany has approved lavender flowers as a tea for insomnia, restlessness and nervous stomach irritations.
Where does lavender essential oil come from? The flowers are steam distilled in the fields where they are grown. This process makes the oil highly concentrated, so if you’re using it on your skin, you will want to dilute it with a carrier oil, (grape seed, sweet almond, etc.), to avoid irritation.
Lavender has been used for centuries for various health ailments, but only recently has science begun to research its benefits. They have discovered that lavender has anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
Can you grow lavender where you live? Probably. (If you’d like to grow some, check Michigan bulb.com and see if it’ll grow in your zone.) Lavender grows naturally in dry, sunny, rocky areas (sounds a lot like Colorado, doesn’t it?) and is native to the Mediterranean. Primary producers of lavender are France, Spain, and Bulgaria.
Now that you know more about lavender, how will you use it?
Oh, if you’re in Buena Vista, Colorado, stop in and see Buffy Mahal at Buffy’s Flowers and Gifts on Main Street. She now carries My Essence Home and Body custom-made lotions, massage oils and beard oil, as well as bath bombs in a variety of fragrances.
What you like to know more about? Send me an email and I’ll do what I can to answer your question. (MyEssenceHB@gmail.com)
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Until next time…do something good for yourself.
Anita & Tim Braun
My Essence, Inc.
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