Unlock the Secret Power of Lavender Essential Oil: 7 Surprising Health Benefits You Need to Know!

Oooooh lavender! That wonderful smelling, beautiful flower that gives us some amazing pictures and even better scented soaps. The name "lavender" comes from the the Latin word "lavare" which means "to wash"....hmmm....no wonder why it has such a strong association with body care products.

Lavender essential oil is extracted from the lavender flower by a process called "steam distillation" which, is basically the same process one would use to distill alcohol. The flowers are steamed and the water vapor carries away the oil in the flowers. That vapor is cooled back down to liquid form and then the oils separate from the water. There you have it, lavender essential oil.

Lavender is so much more than a great scent for soaps, candles and perfume though. There are numerous health benefits of incorporating lavender essential oil into your life. In this article, we'll cover seven of them with the hopes that you can reap some benefits from it, if you're not already. 

1) Lavender as an Insect Repellant

Lavender essential oil is extremely potent to insects. Simply put, they do not like it. You can harness these repellent qualities in two ways: apply some diluted lavender oil to your skin prior to going outdoors or, diffuse some lavender essential oil in the area you're in, if possible. As an added benefit, if you have an insect bite, the anit-inflammatory benefits of lavender essential oil will help reduce the redness and itching.

2) Lavender for Hair Care

In the above benefit of lavender essential oil, we talked about how insects hate lavender. Well, insects such as lice also hate it. Lavender essential oil can be used as a very effective treatment for lice and as a preventative measure against them. 

It has also been shown that lavender essential oil may help some men reverse the effects of alopecia or, male pattern baldness. One study reported that 40% of men with alopecia that regularly rubbed lavender essential oil on their scalps experienced an increase in hair growth. 

3) Lavender Helps Promote Sleep

Lavender essential oil has been shown to improve sleep and can be used as an alternative treatment to insomnia. Repeated studies on the elderly have shown that lavender aromatherapy has resulted in increases in sleep regularity when used to replace sleep medications. Simply apply a small amount of lavender essential oil to your pillow or diffuse some oil in your diffuser before you go to bed at night and off to dreamland you go!

Artistic depiction of lavender flowers with symbols for health benefits, including a sleeping face for sleep quality, a calm brain for anxiety relief, a heart for cardiovascular health, lungs for respiratory well-being, and a shield for cancer prevention.

4) Lavender to Reduce Anxiety and Stress

Perhaps the most researched benefit of lavender essential oil has been its benefits of reducing stress and anxiety. Lavender essential oil has the ability to significantly reduce nervous energy and restlessness while increasing mental activity. 

A research study examined the effects of lavender aromatherapy on 67 women in Taiwan aged 45-55 years. The volunteers showed a significant improvement in sleep quality and a persistent positive effect of heart rate variability with an increase in parasympathetic modulation. Another study showed that people taking tests showed a significant decrease in mental stress and anxiety, as well as increased cognitive function when they inhaled lavender oil and rosemary oil before taking the test.

5) Lavender as A Treatment For Respiratory Disorders

Lavender oil is widely used for various respiratory problems including throat infection, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, and tonsillitis. This is another one that you can simply put a few drops of lavender essential oil into your diffuser and reap the benefits! It can also be used to loosen up phlegm and help the body eliminate it as it recover from sickness.

6) Lavender for Cancer Prevention

There is a significant research on the effects of lavender, in combination with other essential oils, as a way to prevent the occurrence of breast cancer in mice. This could be due to the ability of lavender to battle carcinogenic effects and the presence of cancer. More research is needed on these benefits before anything conclusive can be determined but, it's nice to know that diffusing a little oil can potentially help keep you healthy.

7) Lavender In Your Deodorant

With all the benefits mentioned above like, reduced stress and anxiety, reductions in breast cancer and respiratory ailments, one way to ensure that you get your lavender fix on daily is to wear it in your deodorant. Green Theory natural deodorant uses lavender essential oils in two of our women's scents, Lavender & Evergreen. All Green Theory Probiotic deodorants are made with all natural ingredients, odor fighting probiotics and detoxifying bentonite clay. It's fresh pits and peace of mind all in a little black container!

After exploring the myriad of health benefits that lavender essential oil offers, from enhancing sleep quality to possibly preventing cancer, it's clear that incorporating this powerful natural remedy into your daily routine can contribute significantly to your well-being. What better way to enjoy the therapeutic advantages of lavender every day than with Green Theory Naturals' Lavender & Evergreen deodorant? Crafted with all-natural ingredients, odor-fighting probiotics, and detoxifying bentonite clay, our deodorant not only keeps you fresh all day but also imbues your skin with the calming, healing essence of lavender. Experience the fresh pits and peace of mind that come with our Lavender & Evergreen deodorant. Transform your daily personal care routine into a luxurious, health-promoting ritual with Green Theory Naturals. Shop now and embrace the natural power of lavender!

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