The Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil- Lavender remedy for stress

Health benefits of lavender

Benefits of using Lavender for stress, anxiety, insomnia and more.

As  I have said already in my other posts, coping with stress and anxiety is a mammoth problem world wide.  There are almost 70% of Americans on anti-depressants, that is astounding do you not think?

Medications are a big business anywhere in the world. What if you could handle your stress,anxiety, depression and panic all with natural herbs and oils. One of them I would like to highlight today is Lavender.  Many of you are probably aware of the properties of lavender already but it is a great flower and oil.

Growing the flower is so easy and to have it in your garden or on your patio has a How to relieve stress naturallyconstant fragrance as well as pleasing to the eye. Also lavender helps ward off mosquitos.   Lavender has been used for centuries in potions and drinks the Egyptians used it for bathing, mummification, and perfume.  Today it is still used in soaps, perfumes, deodorizers, air sprays and a lot more.

 

Lavender  – How Can It Help YOU?

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  • Anxiety

 

 

Aromatherapy oil is often used in massage to help reduce stress and anxiety.   You can also put the oil into the bath which is the absorbed through the skin and can help with the lymphatic system which again aids with stress.   Please make sure with children you read all the labels to make sure it is not too strong for them. Also check with your medical practitioner if you are taking medications.

Burning the oil in a burner in your child’s room will help the child relax and sleep better.  If you are worried about naked flames you can get an oil based lavender candle which will burn when you use a plug in to an electric source. This is very effective and safe.

Lavender Tea 

Drink the tea before bed to calm yourself and get a better nights sleep.  Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for stress, anxiety and panic attacks.  Whilst asleep you are healing, resting and restoring your mind and body.  The day always looks so much better when you have had a goods night rest.

Growing up my grandmother used little bags of dried lavender flowers in the sock drawer and closets.  Keeps the clothes smelling nice but also every time you go into the closet or open the drawer you smell the lavender and unknowingly you are feeling calmer.

I personally have lavender candles which I burn frequently especially when I have guests and the grand kids.  Coming home from work and smelling this starts the de-stressing from the days events, winds you down naturally and then when you are ready for bed you sleep easier.

When you feel you are getting overwhelmed or heading for a panic attack, along with the other tools you use you can add lavender to your box.  In your car you can get a lavender air freshener, this can help with road rage and the stress of sitting in the traffic.  You can carry it in your purse  and sniff that throughout the day.


Give me feedback on what you have used lavender for and what results you had. If you have enjoyed this post please share with others.


I beHelen Vellacame a writer, speaker and holistic life coach so I could  make a difference by teaching from my personal experiences and also teaching a great empowering tool. My mission is to empower everyone to be their true self. if you want to find out more about me click here



 

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38 Comments

  1. LoriMP

    I really enjoyed reading this. I learned a lot from it that I plan to implement into my lifestyle, I almost bought the oil before I was done reading your whole post! Great to see that there are real resources like your site out there that can really and quite simply improve our lives!

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Thank you so much for your comments. Natural remedies are always by far the best way to go.

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  2. Elisa

    I love the smell and calming effects of lavender also. When my kids were small I would put a little of the therapeutic grade oil on their foreheads and it helped them calm down to go to sleep. When they were very small, before I knew better, I would bathe them in lavender scented soaps from the grocery store. Now I know those are toxic… We use it in conjunction with peppermint and marjoram for headaches, putting a drop on the forehead, the back of the neck and rubbing it into the skin between the forefinger and thumb. It works nicely and smells so good!

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Exactly I am so glad you use lavender for all the right reasons, so glad you posted your experience.

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  3. Phillip

    Hey article! Can you link to that plug in oil burner you were talking about. Im not too fond of open flames haha.
    I’ll add Lavender to my list, although, I’ve always been kind of mind over matter guy…like anxiety and stress and crap are all in my head.. I shouldn’t need outside sources to calm myself.
    But this is actually nice to read, and doesn’t feel like…some infomercial or something. It’s just…Lavender helps chill you out…plain and simple.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Thank you and I agree calm comes from within.

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  4. Heidi Hornlein

    I am all in favor of natural remedies. great that you promote them here. So many people think that only chemical drugs work, ma<be they do, but they also have a considerable side effect which most of the natural remedies simply don't have. Chemical drugs are the nr.1 reason for death in the western world! And nobody seems to care, really.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      I totally agree with you. Thanks for commenting.

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      1. Heidi

        This is such an important topic: Stress management and, with that, Self management. I am always very astonished that , whenever something big happens in the world like terrorist attacks, that these things happen so rarely compared with the huge stress level of people in our societies. We humans are quite resilient, but we might reach the tipping point – unless we, collectively, engage in practices which can bring us into more balance and calmness.

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        1. Helen Vella (Post author)

          Agreed but easier said than done I am afraid

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  5. sophie64

    Thank for all this information on natural remedies. I find this all very useful,I’ll share this with others.Especially since a lot people are trying to cope with stress. Great niche!

    Sophie64

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Thank you so much and appreciate you sharing.

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  6. Dinh

    You have a great list of the natural remedies to cope with stress. I love drinking tea and usually drink chamomile but have not even thought of having lavender tea. I will give it a try.

    Good tip about lavender and mosquitoes that I didn’t know I am going to add more lavender plants to ward off those pesky insects!

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Yes I hate mosquitos too. Glad you enjoyed it. Let me know how it works for you.

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  7. Xulfeh

    Hi there Helen,

    Really like your article. It’s not just in the US where there are high levels of stress, it’s the same here in the UK.

    I’ve tried some lavender fragrance plugins. Initially it smells nice, but then it gets way too strong causing a headache, and a feeling that it’s stuck in your nostrils. But they’re so quick, easy and convenient to set up. Are there other products which aren’t so strong but as easy to set up?

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      I use a diffuser and put a tiny drop and only burn for a short time until the room smells nice. Sandalwood is another one that is calming. If you are using pure oil you can break it down adding a carrier oil so it is not as strong, Thanks for your post and let me know how it works out for you.

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  8. Sheena

    I definitely agree with you on everything you said and from a therapist point of view since I was a massage therapist I can definitely say lavender works. Breathing it in, massaging, and even ingesting it in a tea. It’s very good for you. Thank you for sharing this. It’s amazing.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Thanks Sheena, Massage is a great stress reliever and even better with the lavender oil. How long have you been a massage therapist.

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  9. Evie

    Lavender is also great for helping pets with stress. You can get shirts that are imbued with lavender essence that have a calming effect on dogs (good for during firework season). I sometimes spray lavender and vanilla spray on my pillow to help me sleep as I often have trouble sleeping more than 4 hours a night (not through stress but due to my mind being constantly active – lavender helps me switch off a bit more). I also use valerian for calming effect. Have you any thoughts on this?

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Yes I agree, and Valerian is one of my favorite remedies to use also. I think I mentioned this in one of my posts, not sure. Great for dogs, so is Rescue Remedy especially as you say during fireworks Thanks for the comments.

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  10. Elektra

    Thanks for this post ,Helen. Lavender is really great for stress relieve and I love the soothing smell of it but I’m not into using it in drinks or food. I tried lavender tea and lavender cupcakes and need to say it is not my taste.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Yes I understand not to everyones liking, glad you like the smell though. I love burning my oils gives the house a nice calm feeling. Thanks for your comments.

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  11. Desirae

    I have always been interested in natural remedies. Thank you for all the information and I will be looking forward to what you add in the future.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      thank you for your comments.

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  12. James Kelly

    I enjoyed reading this article. High stress levels seems to be the norm in modern day society and we often find it hard to relax. Having a good night’s sleep helps but sometimes you need that extra something to give you a restful night’s sleep. In the past I have drunk peppermint or chamomile tea before going to bed but have never tried lavender tea so I must try this out to see how effective it is. Some say that lavender oil on your pillow also helps

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Yes it is unfortunate we live in the times where high stress levels seem to be the new norm. Glad you liked the article. Lavender tea is very nice too.

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  13. Dudu

    Hi Helen.
    I have heard about this, but didn’t really get the full description of it all. Your post really was insightful. I do get a little stressed up at times because of everyday problems and I would love to try out your product.
    Thanks

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Thank you for your comment, yes it is good for calming, I have it in my burner now, it helps me be less stressed when I am writing. Let me know how it works out for you.

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  14. Chiqui

    Thank you for the tips! I’m prone to depression and anxiety and have used peppermint oil to try calming myself down especially at work. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t lol!

    I haven’t tried lavender before, but I’m very willing to do as much as possible to reduce my depression/anxiety! I’ll definitely try this out at work or before I sleep sometime. Is it better to use natural or is synthetic oil okay?

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Always use Natural products, another thing you can try is the flower remedy Rescue Remedy, I did a post on that too and that you can carry with you all the time also. Thank you for your comments.

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  15. Chris Thomas

    Hi Helen,

    I use lavender a lot and know just how effective it is in calming moods. I did not know you could have lavender tea, though, so thank you for sharing that. I will have to buy some !!

    Chris

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Hi Chris, thanks for your comments and remember you can also use it with Stefan.

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  16. Ella Price

    Hi Helen – I’ve experimented with both 5HTP and Evening Primrose Oil for depression, but never thought of Lavender! Although I used to have a neck pillow filled with lavendar that was one of the most comforting things I ever owned. As an aside I have found it’s a great insect repellant, and also good to dab on bites to ease the itch. I’ll be reading more of your posts to get inspired!

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Thank you so much,yes works well for calming and B Complex also if it is heading for depression. Thanks for the feedback and yes very good for the insect repellant.

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  17. Abdullah Sherazi

    The idea of Treating depression and anxiety with herbs and oil is really fascinating. I guess its safer than traditional medicines and cheaper and healthier
    Great products and I will definitely look it up more

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Thank you for your comments, always better to take the natural route, your body copes better

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  18. Lawrence

    Hi Helen =)

    It’s true what you said about the pharmaceutical companies just handing out prescription medication to people like sweets.

    “There are almost 70% of Americans on anti-depressants”… that’s absolutely shocking!!!

    Thank you for sharing some very effective natural remedies, I have tried a few of these before and they aided me whilst I was recovering using an anxiety elimination program =)

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Glad you went the holistic road, thank you for the comments. Yes I am sure the stats are just as high worldwide

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