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I came across my notes on Lavender for a lecture I gave the WA Herb Society and thought it would be a perfect blog topic to share some bits and pieces as the kids are now back at school and we settle into a new year.
Lavender contains a substance called ‘Linalool’. Linalool can affect some of the signals between nerve cells in the brain and help you to stay calm and de-stress a little.
It is great when you can actually source creditable research synopsis on Essential Oils, and of course Lavender is a great one if you need conclusive evidence.
Sleep problems are unfortunately quite common and Lavender can often help. A review of 15 published research papers concluded positively that inhaling certain essential oils can help many people get a better night’s sleep. True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) was the most commonly studied oil. Try popping a drop or two on your pillow case or on a tissue under your pillow to help you drift off. Research synopsis available from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24720812).
Another excellent source for safety and usage information on all things Essential Oil is The Tisserand Institute. (Robert Tisserand is a legend in the industry and this website is full of solid information and tips.)
Quick and Fast
We are all a little frazzled with the Festive Season build up, a hot summer, and this year the fires in Australia – there is always something at this time of year. Here’s a couple of quick and fast lavender based ideas to ease the load.
You can make a simple refreshing spritzer with Lavender Infused Floral Water or Lavender Hydrosol (store in the fridge in summer) and simply close your eyes and spray to refresh whenever you are passing the fridge – it’s an instant refresher!