Lavender Essential Oil
Last month, Michelle, our office manager, took a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. While she was there, she visited Purple Adobe Lavender Farm, and brought back some goodies for the office. If you’ve been in our therapy room to use the mechanical traction tables, you may have noticed a small bottle sitting in a basket on top of our freezer. Or even if you haven’t seen it, you probably smelled it! This bottle is lavender essential oil, and its uses are numerous!
How is the oil used?
We drip a bit of the oil onto that clay flower in the picture, so the scent fills the room. Of course, it smells a bit stronger the closer you get, but this general idea is called aromatherapy. You’ve probably heard of it before! Another option to use the oil in this way is to rub one or two drops onto your hands and inhale the scent for about fifteen minutes.
Even though we use the oil in this one method, there are many others. Lavender is one of the most diverse and beneficial oils, so there isn’t one “right” way to use it. It can be mixed with coconut oil to create a salve of sorts, or it can be mixed with epsom salts to combine the therapeutic effects of both. In addition, you can rub a small amount on various parts of the body to combat certain conditions.
What are the benefits?
Our goal in having the lavender oil in the office is to promote a relaxing atmosphere, as lavender has been shown to improve mood and help with stress, anxiety, and depression. But that isn’t the only purpose for lavender! An article on Dr. Axe’s website details seven medicinal benefits of lavender oil, but here are a few:
- Improve sleep
- Heal minor burns and wounds
- Relief from headaches
- Antioxidant support
Mixing lavender with coconut oil can be used to help treat minor sunburns, as well as small cuts. Rubbing a little bit of lavender behind your ears can help with tension headaches and migraines. My favorite way to use lavender oil is, as mentioned above, blended with epsom salts. Soaking in a bath with the blend for about fifteen minutes an hour or so before I go to bed makes a noticeable difference in how quickly I fall sleep as well as the quality of sleep!
Essential oils are a great alternative to taking medication; next time you have a headache, try a bit of lavender oil before you reach for that bottle of ibuprofen!