Lavender does what?!

A long over due blog post that I couldn’t stop thinking about.

If you follow me on Instagram than you’ll know that I’ve been obsessed with Lavender lately. So I took to the internet to gather some information on the benefits and uses of it!

Here’s what I found, and to be honest the most shocking to me was fact that you can eat Lavender….who knew?!

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We got our lavender, as well as the essential oil from Fiori Oakville (yay for shopping local) and we STILL have the lavender(plant form), unfortunately the oil was used up due to the fact that I take way to many baths.

“Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” ~ John 12:3

I pulled this info from Organic Facts – Health Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil. I’m just going to mention the forms I used it for, because I know 100% that it works. You can read the full benefits here

  • Bug Repellent: The smell of lavender essential oil is potent for many types of bugs like mosquitoes, midges, and moths. Apply some of the lavender oil on the exposed skin when outside to prevent these irritating bites. Furthermore, if you do happen to be bitten by one of those bugs, the lavender essential oil has anti-inflammatory qualities that will reduce the irritation and the pain associated with bug bites.

** SIDE NOTE.. I actually tried this for my dog and it 100% works!**

  • Sleep: Lavender essential oil induces sleep which has made it a common recommendation for an alternative treatment of insomnia. Frequent studies on elderly patients have shown an increase in their sleep regularity  when their normal sleep medication is replaced with some lavender essential oil being placed on their pillows. It has such a relaxing impact on people that it can often replace modern medicine for sleep issues.

** I rub this on my temples, wrists, behind my ears and under my nose as well as breathing it on, works wonders**

  • Nervous system: Lavender essential oil has a calming scent which makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves and anxiety issues. Therefore, it can also be helpful in treating migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. The refreshing aroma removes nervous exhaustion and restlessness while also increasing mental activity. It has a well-researched impact on the autonomic nervous system, which is why it is frequently used as a treatment for insomnia and also as a way to regulate heart-rate variability.

** I suffer from anxiety and this is definitely a nice replacement for previously used medication **

  • General Skin care: The health benefits of lavender oil for the skin can be attributed to its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. It is used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions. It is commonly used to speed up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns because it improves the formation of scar tissues. Lavender oil is also added to chamomile to treat eczema.

** This essential oil REALLY helped my acne. I use to get cystic acne, occasionally even after going Vegan but since I started adding this into my skin care routine I noticed a huge difference! **

Hope this can help someone else out, like it helped me! Enjoy xo