Monday, March 17, 2014

aromatherapy: lavender

Herby, nutty, floral... lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is a classic healing herb. It is commonly used in aromatherapy to alleviate anxiety & depression and to promote calm & relaxation.

Research studies have observed that lavender oil has similar effects as diazepam (valium) in calming down the nervous system. Lavender contains high levels of linalool, an organic compound with sweet & sedative properties. Try* adding a few drops to your pillowcase for a good night's rest, or keep in a spray bottle for misting over your face on busy days.

A few things inspired by the scent of lavender:
1 | NOW Foods essential oil: I liked the simple design of this bottle, but you may want to sniff around and pick a lavender that smells best to you. Oils vary in sweetness, sharpness, & woodiness.

2 | L'Occitane en Provence sachet: This lovely cotton bag is filled with dried lavender flowers, to naturally scent your drawers and closet, or even place under your pillow. You could also make your own...

3 | Jeni's Wildberry Lavender ice cream: According to the description, this magical ice cream is "fruity, with brambly berry flavors, citrus zest, exotic spices, and lavender essential oil." 

4 | Pree Brulée necklace: A statement necklace.

5 | Essie nail polish in St. Lucia Lilac: A creamy, relaxing shade -- almost like a nude if a color could be one. Also check out Revlon's Parfumerie nail collection with their Lavender Soap scent.

If you have any further lavender recommendations, please do let me know!

*Note: Not all essential oils are safe for use by children, pregnant women, or individuals with medical conditions. Please consult a doctor and research thoroughly before using essential oils for yourself. Part of the Aromatherapy series.

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