Here's another well-researched article that I like, and think you will find beneficial. It's by The New York Times' bestselling author and Huffington Post "Ultimate Wellness Game Changer," Dr. Joseph Mercola, who writes about how and why to use lavender oil.
His primary motivation is to make you as healthy as you can possibly be, by providing the most up-to-date natural health information and resources that will most benefit you.
I support his philosophy about taking control of your health, and like that a portion of the profits from the natural products he personally recommends goes to support organizations such as the National Vaccine Information Center, Institute for Responsible Technology, Organic Consumers Association, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation, Grassroots Health, Alliance for Natural Health and more.
Everyone at my little company, Ohana Soaps, believes in bath and body products that promote health and well being, in environmentally sustainable products, and in fair trade.
I have always used 100% lavender essential oil when I make a variety of lavender soaps, lotions and oils that we offer.
I also believe in sourcing locally. There's a terrific Certified Organic Lavender Farm up the road that shows you how they process lavender the same way they've been doing it for hundreds of years. Certified Organic Farms are also a great source of knowledge and good-for-you products -- and a great field trip for the kids.
Here are a few of the reasons why we too love lavender:
- Excerpt reposted from Mercola.com, a website dedicated to the improvement of human health and well-being through basic and applied scientific research.
Both lavender and lavender oil are valued for their fragrance and versatility. The flowers are used in potpourris, crafting, and home décor, while the essential oil is added to bath and body care products, such as soaps, perfumes, household cleaners, and laundry detergent.
Lavender oil is known for its anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. It also has antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive, and sedative effects.8 Lavender oil is one of the most well-known essential oils in aromatherapy, and can be:9
- Added to your bath or shower to relieve aching muscles and stress.
- Massaged on your skin as a relief for muscle or joint pain, as well as for skin conditions like burns, acne, and wounds. Make sure to dilute it with a carrier oil.
- Inhaled or vaporized. You can use an oil burner or add a few drops to a bowl of hot water, and then breathe in the steam.
- Added to your hand or foot soak. Add a drop to a bowl of warm water before soaking your hands or feet.
- Used as a compress by soaking a towel in a bowl of water infused with a few drops of lavender oil. Apply this to sprains or muscle injuries.
I also recommend adding lavender oil to your list of natural cleaning products. You can mix it with baking soda to make an all-natural antibacterial scrub for your bathroom and kitchen.
- Relieve pain. It can ease sore or tense muscles, joint pain and rheumatism, sprains, backache, and lumbago. Simply massage lavender oil onto the affected area. Lavender oil may also help lessen pain following needle insertion.
- Treat various skin disorders like acne, psoriasis, eczema, and wrinkles. It also helps form scar tissues, which may be essential in healing wounds,19 cuts, and burns. Lavender can also help soothe insect bites and itchy skin.20 According to Texas-based dermatologist Dr. Naila Malik, it's a natural anti-inflammatory, so it helps reduce itching, swelling, and redness.
- Keep your hair healthy. It helps kill lice, lice eggs, and nits. The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCB) says that lavender is possibly effective for treating alopecia areata (hair loss), boosting hair growth by up to 44 percent after just seven months of treatment.21
- Improve your digestion. This oil helps stimulate the mobility of your intestine and stimulates the production of bile and gastric juices, which may help treat stomach pain, indigestion, flatulence, colic, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Relieve respiratory disorders. Lavender oil can help alleviate respiratory problems like colds and flu, throat infections, cough, asthma, whooping cough, sinus congestion, bronchitis, tonsillitis, and laryngitis. It can be applied on your neck, chest, or back, or inhaled via steam inhalation or through a vaporizer.
- Stimulates urine production, which helps restore hormonal balance, prevent cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder), and relieve cramps and other urinary disorders.
- Improve your blood circulation. It helps lower elevated blood pressure levels, and can be used for hypertension.
Lavender oil can help ward off mosquitoes and moths. It is actually used as an ingredient in some mosquito repellents.
Dr. Mercola is a Board Certified American College Osteopathic General Practitioner and Licensed Physician and Surgeon who, in 2014, received the:
- Sacred Fire of Liberty Award for consistent philanthropic and intellectual support for the cause of health freedom, upholding that trust given the American people at the Founding of the Republic: to preserve "the sacred fire of liberty" and to ensure "the destiny of the Republican form of Government." (President George Washington, First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789)
- Excellence in Integrative Medicine Award for pioneering achievements in the field of integrative medicine that have lessened suffering, cured disease, and prolonged life in ways not achievable with traditional modalities and treatments
- Excellence in Health Journalism Award for incisive and thorough reporting on health markets, law, and policy
- Freedom of Informed Choice Award for successfully breaking down government barriers that deny consumers access to promising therapies and health information
from Emord & Associates P.C., a constitutional and administrative law firm that has represented integrative physicians, food and dietary supplement manufacturers, and non-profit groups.
The information provided here or elsewhere on Dr. Mercola's and Ohana Soaps sites is not intended to constitute professional medical advice for treatment. We encourage you to consult your personal physician with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Ohana Soaps does not receive funding or endorsements from Dr. Mercola, from the products he endorses, or vice versa.