Healing Effects of Lavender

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 12.50.25 PMLavender has been used for hundreds of years as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can be used to heal cuts, inflammation, dandruff, burns and bug bites.  It has become one of the most grown natural remedy for use of its oil.  The oil comes from the distillation of the flower spikes of certain lavender plants and is rich in phytonutrients.  Phytonutrients are beneficial to human health, they help to prevent certain types of diseases. Research has shown that lavender oil has been successful in treating depression, anxiety, insomnia and restlessness.  In fact, some studies have shown an improvement in gastrointestinal illness, headaches, toothaches, sores and sprains with the use of lavender oil.

Got Dandruff or Itchy Scalp?

Lavender oil can help scalp conditions.  Many dermatologists have been prescribing the use of lavender oil prior to suggesting medications for dry scalp.  The remedy:  Wet hair with warm water and towel dry.  Next, grab a mug and mix 15 drops of lavender essential oil in 2 Tablespoons olive or almond oil.  Microwave for about 10 seconds or until it feels warm.  Massage the oil into your scalp.  Using a shower cap, let the solution set on your scalp for an hour, then shampoo out.  It is perfectly safe to use multiple times.

Bloated?

Bloating can be caused by poor digestion from an overload of “bad bacteria” in your gut.  Sometimes when we take antibiotics this can happen as a side effect.  Antibiotics kill both the good and the bad bacteria in your body.  The remedy: Use dried edible lavender in your food.  Putting it into Greek Yogurt is especially helpful since the bacteria in this type of yogurt works super well to rebuild the good bacteria.

Stressed Out?

Ever have a stressful day?  Well Lavender can help with that too.  Research has shown that the smell of lavender can make you feel relaxed.  It has proven to slow down your heart rate as well as lower your blood pressure.  The remedy: If you’re feeling stressed out or just can’t go to bed, try putting some fresh lavender in a vase near your bed, or use a diffuser with some lavender oil in it to feel stress free.

Bug Bite Magnet?

Since lavender is a natural anti-inflammatory, it can help reduce itching, redness and swelling.  It won’t help you avoid the bites, but it will help afterwards.  The Remedy:  Dab a few drops of lavender oil on the affected area and wait about 10 minutes for it to seep in.  This remedy can be reapplied every 6-8 hours for the next 24 hours if need be.

So next time one of these issues arise for you, don’t reach for the medicine cabinet.  Go for the garden and try a natural approach to healing!
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Bliss FatGirlSleep

Having some problems with cellulite lately? Scared of wearing a bikini this season because of some unwanted stuff down there? Here’s one new product you can try to diminish those irritating pimples on the thighs: Bliss’ FatGirlSleep. It’s an anti-cellulite cream best to apply before sleep so that it will work overnight against the cellulites. In addition, FatGirlSleep is said to have an ultra-rich formula and a soothing buttery lavender scent that helps you have a more relaxing sleep. Thus, it works two-way.

There have been both positive and not so positive reviews on this product, with some saying that it’s one of the best anti-cellulite cream they’ve used, while some claiming it to have no effects. If you have tried this product, do share your experience so everyone can know. 🙂

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Travertine Spa Linen Spray

A few posts back, I suggested some ways on how you can sleep better. I mentioned trying to sleep to the scent of lavender oil as studies have shown that the scent of lavender can induce sleepiness and a better rest. The good news is that every night, you can actually enhance the lavender scent in your sleeping area by spritzing your bed linens with a great scented linen spray like the Travertine Spa Linen Spray in lavender. For just $12.00, you not only enhance your slumber, you can also add a lot of a romance to your bedroom!

This linen spray is part of Travertine’s extravagant Spa Essentials collection. For more information you can check out their site at www.travertinespa.com.

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Having a hard time sleeping?

Isn’t it so irritating when you really need to sleep for a long day tomorrow but for some reason you can’t doze off? Here are just some methods that may help to fall asleep just when you need it most.

1. Wear an eye-mask. Do you know that even the dimmest light sources like a post light outside or the screen of an alarm clock can be sleep obstructers? Our brains can detect light even when our eyes are closed so it helps to wear a soft, dark eye-mask to totally block out any light.

2. Take a warm bath. A drop in body temperature caused by a warm shower tells your system that it’s time to cool down, rest, and sleep. In addition, taking a short shower before sleep relaxes you and sets you in that mood to snooze.

3. Sniff some lavender. Studies have shown that the scent of lavender can induce sleepiness and a deeper rest. So make sure you have some lavender oils by your bedside.

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