Lavender has been used traditionally to combat issues like depression, stress, anxiety, and headaches.
In November 2013, a study in the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice concluded that lavender essential oil was effective in treating depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Studies on the effects of inhaling lavender essential oil vapor concluded that the vapor could potentially prevent dementia. The list goes on. Various studies have determined that lavender essential oil can help treat postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and even stroke.
Lavender improves brain function in part by improving one of the most important aspects of mental functioning, i.e. sleep quality. Proper sleep quality leads to weight loss, improved concentration, better cardiovascular health, mitigates depression, and improves immune function.
You can benefit from lavender oil by adding several drops to your bath water, diffusing the oil, placing a sachet under your pillow, applying a few drops to the palms of your hands and then taking several inhalations of the beautiful oil. Place a few drops of oil under your arm pits, the the bottom of your feet and to the back of your neck.
Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils because its so gentle, pleasing to the scenses and can be used on children. It's also a great treatment for healing burns so keep a bottle handy in the kitchen.