Reduce Your Stress and Anxiety Using Lavender Mist

Edited by Deepthi Gottumukkala, Eng, Lynn, Anonymous and 2 others

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In this technology-driven and fast-paced lifestyle, many people experience immense pressure on a day-to-day grind. Whether you are a student, entrepreneur, or an employee, the constant demands and expectations in any given arena can leave one tired and stressed-out at the end of the day. Every individual do experience stress, anxiety, and even some depressive mood swings at different points in their lives. It is essentially how you deal with all the stress that can make the difference. A person's level of anxiety and stress differ in its gravity and complexity. When you feel emotionally stressed or burnt out, this actually alerts your mind and body state that something is off key. Do you experience a huge amount of stress and anxiety in your daily life? If yes, do not worry! Lavender mist is exactly what you need for those low times. Just spray a couple of drops, inhale, and relax as you immediately sense your stress and worries drifting away from your mind and body. This provides your mental and bodily state a sense of balance and harmony which has been disturbed by countless external factors.

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No essential oil can be as captivating and calming than lavender oil which is remarkable for its lingering fresh, fruity, and floral scent. Lavender mist or Thalictrum rochebruneanum, is a six- to eight-foot tall plant which blooms with gentle and fragrant lilac flowers. Its scientific name is "Lavender officinalis" or "Lavender angustifolia" which produces a transparent lavender oil color with a slight yellow tinge. This plant grows its best during mid-spring to late-spring and is . lavender oil which is extracted from these flowers or leaves are widely known for its numerous health benefits especially for aromatherapy uses. This is cited to be one of the top 10 aromatherapy oils in the world that has popular wide range of uses at an affordable price. In fact, lavender oil is regarded an absolute health, cosmetic, and even culinary necessity for every home due to its versatility, efficacy, and safety. This is regarded to be safe for general use by both adults and even young children. In fact, this can even be used by people who have highly sensitive skin and even pets love its soothing scent. Lavender is commonly used for aromatherapy in its therapeutic or pure oil form which can either be directly applied on the skin (topical use) or inhaled with the use of vaporizer or diffuser as lavender oil mist. Dilution is also not required for lavender oil usage. Also, lavender leaves or flowers can also be dried and used as an organic extract for dietary purposes or for tea preparation.

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Top Benefits of Lavender Oil

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    Remedy for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression.
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    It is an effective aromatherapy oil for reducing anxiety and depression which was proven in many successfully documented clinical trials. The lavender oil can be used to massage the forehead and temples as well as the lavender mist to be spritzed or sprayed on the face to reduce anxiety attacks and depressive states.Lavender oil is also regarded as an adaptation agent which aids an individual in adapting or coping to any imbalances or stress in the environment. The use of lavender should however not be taken alongside other antidepressant medications without proper consultation with physician to avoid any untoward side-effects or complications.
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    Treatment of Cuts, Burns, and Wounds.
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    It's interesting to note that one of the pioneers of aromatherapy and use of lavender oil is René Gattefossé, a well-famed French scientist who had a laboratory accident that caused a severe burn in his hands. It was by impulse that he immediately submerged his burned hand in lavender. It was during this tragic time that he was able to discover the actual healing powers of lavender oil. This is known as a cicatrizant which helps enhance regeneration of tissues to enable fast healing of the burned area or any wound site. Its antiseptic and antibacterial properties work its way towards eliminating pain and potential scarring of the affected area. This promotes speedy reduction of inflammation present in the wound or burned site of the skin. For burns, it is advisable to run cold water directly on the burned area of the skin and then you can proceed with applying lavender oil using gentle motions. For reducing appearance of scars, you can apply lavender oil directly around the scar site and watch how it becomes less visible in a short span of time.
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    Promotes Relaxation and Sleep.
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    Lavender oil is known for its calming effects on the nerves which reduces restlessness and helps induce a relaxing sleep. In fact, a study conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center proved that lavender oil mist with the use of a diffuser improved overall sleeping patterns in patients. There are also several studies involving elderly patients which have generated better and uninterrupted sleeping cycles during the night and increased alertness during the day. The psychiatric patients used to take sleeping pills for insomnia but has not shown much improvement with such treatment. This was then replaced by lavender oil mist placed in the diffuser as well as the use of lavender oil drops on the pillows to induce better sleep. This is also recommended for helping your babies and kids sleep better especially during fussy times when your tots tend to be very hyperactive and stays awake at night and up until the wee hours of the morning. You can massage your baby with lavender oil mixed with other high-grade essential oils such as germanium oil or you can mix drops of lavender oil during bath times especially before retiring to bed. For adults, a few drops of lavender oil on your favorite pillow can help promote a restful sleep.
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    Reduction of Fever.
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    The use of lavender oil drops in warm full baths or sponge baths help alleviate fever in both adults and children. This can also be massaged on the forehead, back, chest, and soles of the feet to encourage perspiration that can cool down the body and help bring down the fever.
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    Treatment of Dizziness and Headaches.
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    Fainting spells or feeling nauseous can be remedied by using lavender together with other essential oils such as peppermint or basil to prepare smelling salts. You can also place a drop of lavender oil at the end of your tongue or in certain points of the body such as the on the navel or behind your ears. This particularly comes handy for frequent travelers who experience "motion sickness" or especially when you have kids in tow. For headaches, you can place lavender mist on your head for relaxation and for pain reduction. Massaging the nape, forehead, and temples can also help soothe and encourage relief of the throbbing headaches.
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    Reduce Fatigue.
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    After a long and stressful day at work which leaves you feeling exhausted and you definitely deserve some pampering time with the help of a few drops of lavender oil on a lovely warm foot soak. Aside from skin rejuvenation, the use of lavender oil on foot baths is proven to help ease the tension, relax the nerves, and promote general mind and body wellness and rejuvenation because the soothing and calming effects of pure lavender oil can be absorbed directly by the bloodstream to boost the different organ systems of the body. Although known to promote relaxation and sleep, the use of lavender oil also provides a punch in the balancing act by enhancing a person's energy, stamina, and endurance to cope with pressure and deliver the required output and alertness from any physical, mental, or social activity as it I also proven to enhance cognitive functions.
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    Effective Insect Repellent and Insect Bite Treatment.
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    You can mix calamine lotion with lavender oil for eliminating itch and irritation of insect bites, scabies, eczema, or any known types of dermatitis. You can dab pure lavender oil and generate exactly the same cooling and soothing effects on the skin that can prevent severe inflammation and itching on the site of the insect bite. This is also proven to be effective in preventing insect bites as generally all insects (mosquitoes, bees, or moths) totally detest the aroma of lavender. It is recommended to spritz or splash a generous amount of lavender mist or hydrosol before going to bed or going outdoors to prevent nasty insect bites. You can also put some drops of lavender oil on your pillows or bedding or soak a cotton ball with lavender oil and leave it near the window. Make sure to wash and change your linens, pillows, and mattresses everyday and to place cotton balls soaked in lavender oil on the drawers to keep moths and dust mites from burrowing under the sheets and exposing you and your loved ones to itch and infection.
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    Treat Dry or Chapped Lips and Skin.
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    The use of lavender oil helps promote luscious, soft, and well-moisturized skin and lips. All you have to do is apply and massage lavender oil onto the dry or flaky areas of the skin and lips. Aging in both men and women can result to lack of moisture in the skin which can cause excessive dryness and a condition known as "pruritus" or itching and even bleeding may manifest which exposes the skin to further irritation, inflammation, and increased risk of developing wide variety of skin infections. It is advisable to keep yourself well-hydrated by drinking lots of water and keeping a lavender oil mist handy whenever your skin and lips need some rescue. This is popularly blended in with a myriad of body desserts such as soaps, lotions,eye or facial masks, and yummy body butter.
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    Boosts Flavor of Any Food or Drink.
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    The use of lavender oil on any meal or drink to enhance flavors is certainly a great idea for an aphrodisiac. This can be mixed into your tea added with chamomile and honey or even just pure sparkling water for that much needed jolt. This can also be used to add and interesting flavor to any recipe you have in mind especially for salad dressings and variety of mouth-watering chocolate desserts to surprise your loved ones.
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Steps to Prepare Lavender Mist at Home:

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Ingredients:

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    1 part vodka
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    2 parts distilled water
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    1/2 part lavender essential oil
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    1 small and clean spray bottle
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Preparation:

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    Take a clean bottle of your choice.
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    Add and mix all the ingredients into the bottle.
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    If you do not want to use vodka in your preparation, you can use plain clean water instead or epsom salts and even witch hazel.
    The use of such will allow the lavender oil to completely mix with water.
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    Once you are done with the adding, mixing, and shaking process, your fragrant lavender mix is ready to use!
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    Shake well before each use.
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Lavender Mist Uses:

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    Spray the mist on your pillow and bed sheets, and musty rooms if needed in order to generate a fresh atmosphere for inducing a relaxing sleep.
    This can also be used for your furniture or an air freshener at any given space (at home or your workstation) to add a calming and welcoming note.
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    Whenever you feel stressed or anxious, spray a few drops on your handkerchief and inhale slowly.
    You can also spray or spritz the lavender mist directly on your face and body to feel revitalized and experience inner calmness. This also gives you that fresh and lingering aroma that can be a great substitute for your regular cologne or perfume.
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    You can also apply on your palms for inhalation.
    This is recommended to be applied on certain vital points to open up the "chakras" of the body and keep your mind and body receptive, adaptive, and open to new possibilities and adventure. This sets the mood for any calming or meditative exercises such as yoga. This will surely give you that boost of energy whenever and wherever you need it. More so, lavender mist provides great benefits for the skin too!
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Tips:

  • Shake the bottle before every use as the oil tends to stand on distilled water.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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