Lavender (Lavandula vera, Lavandula angustifolia, Lavandula officinalis) is a very pretty, perennial, bushy shrub with purple or blue flowers. Egyptians and ancient Arabians used lavender as perfume while in ancient Greece, lavender was considered a cure for things such as insomnia and insanity.
It is quite well-known that lavender is the most popular, versatile and widely used of all essential oils. Its main benefit is the balancing and normalizing of body functions and emotions. It is very soothing, balancing and calming and as a result, is often used in meditation. It can also help with mood swings, depression, anxiety and natural stress relief.
Studies show that within 5 minutes of patients smelling lavender, the body’s cortisol (a stress hormone) levels are measurably reduced. It is also proven that when individuals inhale lavender, their brain waves slow down. Another of the benefits of lavender is its ability to relax the muscles and to put people in a more relaxed state.
Lavender essential oil can be used in an aromatherapy diffuser by adding a few drops of oil, setting the timer and turning it on. Or, you can add a few drops to your bath water to help relieve tension.