Lavender is an age-old herb that is widely used in aromatherapy for relaxation. It can take up to three years for the lavender to mature, and its life cycle will usually span a decade. Lavender can be harvested from early to late summer, depending on how warm the local climate is. The plant is picked in the early morning to ensure that the precious oil is retained. After it is harvested from the lavender farm, the plants undergo a distillation process and once the oil is extracted, it is left to age like a good barrel of whiskey or cask of wine.
A popular scent, it can be found in the modern woman’s daily routine, from personal grooming, to home remedy and housework, but its use dates back centuries. The ancient Egyptians used it as an antiseptic and cosmetic, while the Victorians used it to awaken the senses. Today, lavender is mostly recognised as a heavenly scent for clothing and around the home, in the form of candles, deodorisers and herb sachets. But the aromatic plant is also a powerful aphrodisiac. In fact, in ancient times married couples would spike their baths with a little lavender oil to ease tension and promote fidelity. However, it’s the healing properties of lavender that make it such an all-purpose remedy.
Here are just five of the ways lavender can reinvigorate you.
Getting a cold? Feeling anxious or stressed?
Just a whiff of lavender can have a natural easing effect. Simply put a couple of drops of lavender oil on a tissue or handkerchief and inhale for an instant uplift. It’s a discreet way to put you in the right frame of mind before that important presentation at work or that exciting first date.
To help sleep and improve relaxation
Finding it hard to get a good night’s sleep? Put some lavender oil in a diffuser a couple of hours before bedtime or light some lavender scented candles. Be sure to play some music that promotes relaxation and write down a list of all the things on your mind. When your head is ready to hit the pillow, you’ll be in a virtual cloud of lavender which should send you off to sleep in no time.
Relieve your headaches
Banish those migraines by dabbing a little lavender oil on your shirt collar so that you get a whiff of the lovely scent throughout the day. You can also spray some lavender scent on a soft scarf, handkerchief or even on your pillowcase. Take the scent in with a deep breath in through your nose and a slow exhale through your mouth.
Soothe those aching muscles
Lavender is the ultimate ingredient for pain and tension relief. To ease those stiff joints, take the time to draw yourself a deep bath, and simply put six to eight drops of lavender oil in the bath, lie back and enjoy.
To freshen up the home
Lavender oil can also be used around the home to clean work surfaces and kill bacteria. Just add a few drops, after you’ve wiped down the surfaces for an extra blast at those germs. Put some lavender oil in a spray bottle and spritz in the high traffic areas of the home, like the kitchen, bathroom and hallway. You might consider using a scent diffuser where lavender oil gives off a constant fragrance throughout the day.
How to wear it
There are many ways to wear lavender. Scent your pillow with it, spritz your wardrobe or keep a sachet of dried lavender in your underwear drawer. You can also wear the heavenly scent all day long by adding Comfort’s Lavender fabric conditioner to your wash. Just lightly rub your clothes or linens to release the scent.