Oil of lavender or lavender oil is one of the most commonly used and most effective aromatherapy treatments. Lavender aromatherapy is used in treatment of nervousness, insomnia, depression, instability, panic attacks and hysteria. This wonderful substance, according to aromatherapists can safely be used in almost any instance where the emotions are out of control. If so, the lavender aromatherapy treatments could replace a number of well-known antidepressant medications such as Wellbutrin, Zoloft and Prozac. The body of clinical evidence is in short supply but is growing in favor of non-drug remedies to depression and anxiety.
Another recognized use for lavender aromatherapy is for treatment of insomnia. Often sleeplessness is the result of other emotional excesses, but oil of lavender has been effective in providing the calming and restfulness which is conducive to sleep. By avoiding the use of prescription type sleeping remedies a much more natural sleep is gained by using lavender aromatherapy.
Lavender aromatherapy does not require complicated formulas or decoctions. It is one of the few essential oils which can safely be applied full strength on the skin without burning or skin irritation. This characteristic makes it ideal for use as a bath oil, shower gel or in bath salts. A few drops added to warm to hot running water in the bath tub and you have a restful spa-like experience. You can even add some spa candles using oil of lavender beside the bathtub.
Following your relaxing bath, you can use lavender oil in after bath lotion or add a few drops to carrier oil such as jojoba oil.
If you are fortunate enough to have a partner who is willing to give you a massage, oil of lavender in almond oil makes a great lavender aromatherapy massage.
You can place a cotton ball soaked with a few drops of lavender on your pillow or bedding. Tuck it in your linen closet or lingerie drawer to surround yourself in the calming restful ambience of lavender oil for a constant lavender aromatherapy treatment. A few drops on your vacuum cleaner bag or wiped on your light bulbs will release this marvelous essential oil throughout your house.
When you inhale lavender oil, it triggers neurochemicals in the brain which release serotonin into the bloodstream
Lavender aromatherapy can be a great help in overcoming Seasonal Affective Disorder, the ‘winter blues’ which so many suffer from. Use all these ways to get lavender in your life and you may find that winter is not a blue season any longer.