1.  Benefits your skin

Because of its antiseptic and antifungal properties,  lavender oil can be used to effectively to treat many skin conditions including inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, acne, warts, even wounds and burns––while reducing or eliminating scarring.

2.  Relieves stress

When inhaled, lavender essential oil is effective at imparting a sense of calm and well-being, uplifting the mood, soothing the nervous system, and relieving mild depression and anxiety.

3.  Relieves headaches

From run-of-the-mill tension headaches to full-blown migraines, lavender oil can be inhaled and/or applied to the temples and back of the neck to ease and release discomfort.

4.  Prevents premature aging

A 2007 Japanese study found that smelling lavender increased free radical scavenging activity for preventing oxidative stress and decreased the stress hormone, cortisol, which protects the body from oxidative stress.  By sniffing lavender, you may look and feel younger, and have a healthier heart.

5.  Helps you sleep

Putting a drop or two of lavender on your pillowcase can help to ensure sweet dreams, by easing your mind and nervous system.  It has been shown to be effective at relieving chronic insomnia.  And even if you do wake up in the middle of the night, the soothing smell on your pillow will help lull you back to sleep more easily.

Lavender essential oil can be purchased from your local natural foods store.  There are several different varieties, so smell them before you buy, and choose the one you like best.  For more information on how to use lavender essential oil straight or in tinctures, carrier oils, teas, and diffusers, see this article from Annie’s Remedy:  http://www.anniesremedy.com/herb_detail31.php?gc=b31