Lavender Fields Forever: Aromatherapy to Relieve Stress May 19, 2015 14:05
When I'm stressed and feeling restless, I turn to the lavender plant on my nightstand and take in its minty, peppery, fresh-flower aroma. Breathe in deeply. Breathe out slowly. Again. Close my eyes. My heart beat slows and my blood pressure seems to lower. I feel calm and am able to sleep like a baby.
The name, lavender, comes from the Latin term lavare, which means "to wash" and is historically used as a natural remedy to purify the mind, stomach, and skin.
In a Natural Medicine Journal article by Jeremy Appleton, lavender as an essential oil or in dried form is shown to have been used for mood imbalances such as anxiety, insomnia, depression and “nervous stomach.” Its essential oil has been used to help with dandruff control, bloating and skin inflammation.