Medicinal Uses Of Lavender

Lavender essential oil can be used around the home in many ways and it can be used in your beauty regime but more practically, it has well documented medicinal value too. There are many medicinal benefits and uses of lavender essential oil and our high-quality Jersey farm-grown oil can be used in any of the top three methods listed below.

Soothes the Nervous System

Lavender essential oil is known for its soothing effect on our nervous system. This can be capitalised on in a number of ways. It can be ingested as a tonic or used in vapour form for boosting the nervous system and helping to alleviate a number of common conditions. Lavender oil can help alleviate the pain of migraines, nervous tension or emotional stress and its refreshing aroma too can help settle nervous exhaustion and promote relaxation throughout the bottle. Lavender oil is also known for encouraging sleep and therefore it is regularly prescribed to treat insomnia.

Treat the Respiratory System

Lavender oil is included in a wide range of medicines and complimentary balms for helping to settle and soothe respiratory problems. Our high-quality lavender essential oil can be used as a vapour which can be applied to the neck, back or directly to the chest or inhaled. Respiratory disorders including something as simple as the common cold or as severe as asthma or bronchitis can benefit from the medicinal benefits of lavender oil. It can also be used to alleviate the symptoms of whooping cough, laryngitis, tonsillitis and influenza.

Care for the Skin

As well as being used regularly in beauty products because of its benefits for the skin, a lavender essential oil can be used effectively in the treatment of a number of skin conditions. It is believed to have both antifungal and antiseptic characteristics which means it can be very effective in treating a wide range of conditions from acne to psoriasis as well as wrinkles and inflammation to the skin.

This is just the beginning of what lavender oil can do and it is also used to treat urinary disorders and provide pain relief. Our lavender oil is 100% pure and extracted by steam distillation from our own farm grown lavender plants ensuring a wholesome, organic product is available for each one of our customers.

Lavender Boosts White Blood Cells

White blood cells are the cells of the immune system that are involved in defending the body from invasion by bacteria, viruses, foreign bodies and other forms of the disease. To protect yourself from disease etc. it is important to keep your immune system in top condition so that it is able to produce white blood cells whenever the need arises.

One of the many fantastic properties of our velvety smooth and the deeply aromatic lavender essential oil is its ability to stimulate the production of white blood cells by the immune system.

The effect of lavender oil to strengthen the body’s immune system has been known throughout antiquity. For example, in the during the plague epidemics of the Middle Ages, it was noticed that tannery workers who utilized the oil in manufacturing, and those who tended lavender fields appeared to be immune to the disease.

Also, it was said that grave robbers of the time protected themselves with a combination of the essential oils of lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, clove, and lemon. Obviously, at the time, it was not known that lavender oil was affecting and promoting the production of protective white blood cells, however today we are aware of this action.

There are many types of white blood cells (or leucocytes) that each act in slightly different ways, however, they fall into two main groups:

Phagocytes – these types of white blood cells can move easily through the walls of our blood vessels towards the pathogens or toxins that could cause disease. Phagocytes then can either ingest or absorb the pathogens or toxins, or they can release an enzyme to destroy them. Some phagocytes may also send out chemical messages that help nearby lymphocytes to identify the type of antibody needed to neutralise them.

Lymphocytes – white blood cells that fall into this category, each carry a different type of antibody that can fit into and neutralise a specific antigen that is carried on a specific pathogen. When a lymphocyte with the appropriate antibody meets the antigen, the lymphocyte reproduces quickly to make many copies of the antibody that neutralises the pathogen.

Different essential oils have limited abilities to support and strengthen the immune response in two ways: by directly opposing the threatening microorganisms, or by stimulating and increasing the activity of the organs and cells involved. However, lavender essential oil (along with Rosemary and Eucalyptus) acts against a wide variety of bacteria and viruses, whilst at the same time increasing the immune response.

So to boost your immune system, at the first sign of illness, simply massage a couple of drops of our wonderful lavender essential oil into the lymph nodes on the sides of the neck.


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