Lavender – therapist number 1
What is the flower-herbal aroma useful for and how is it applied.
The freshest scent we usually think of first is lavender. Only by smelling it, a person is invigorated, soothed and it is no coincidence that lavender essential oil is the basis of countless relaxing procedures, perfumes and cosmetics.
The science of aromatherapy itself owes its distinction as a kind of alternative treatment to it. The French phimicist Rene Gatefos discovered the exceptional properties of the floral-herbal scent at the beginning of the last century, when, burnt after an accident in his laboratory, he managed to heal the wounds from burning with lavender oil.
The name lavender means “wash” in translation from the Latin word “lavare”, where it comes from. There are many species of this Mediterranean plant – over 25, and most grow best at high altitudes above 700 m.
What is it useful for
It has no contraindications except one thing – that it lowers blood pressure, so people with such complaints should be careful. It can be used in both newborns and pregnant women, but still, be careful, because, although extremely rare, lavender causes allergic reactions.
This fragrance balances the nervous system, works well for insomnia, various forms of depression, mood swings, physical and mental exhaustion and tension, relieves stress.
It has regenerating properties and speeds up the process of cell renewal, so it is used in facial cosmetics, and because it is a natural repellent, you will also find it in medicines against insect bites. Appropriate treatment with it is also for burns.
“It can be used in both newborns and pregnant women,” aromatherapist Valentina Slavova told missis.bg. However, refrain from using it at least in the first trimester of pregnancy, as well as in very young babies, because, although extremely rare, lavender can cause allergic reactions.
How to apply
1-2 drops of essential oil in the bath or in an aroma lamp; Directly on the skin in case of burns or insect bites.
Home disinfectant with lavender: This plant has antibacterial properties and can be used to clean various surfaces in the home. Thus, in addition to improving mood and soothing, it will be useful for disinfection. Ingredients: 10 drops of lavender essence, 10 drops of lemon essence, 1/2 tsp distilled vinegar, 1/2 tsp vodka, 1 1/2 tsp water. In a spray bottle, mix all the ingredients, spray the surfaces and dry after a few minutes.