“Lavender essential oil holds a special place in the world of herbs and has long been regarded for its wonderful healing properties. Its history goes back some 2,500 years to the ancient Egyptians and Phoenicians who used it for healing, embalming, and perfume. The Romans were known to use lavender for its medicinal and cleansing properties, scenting baths, as an insect repellent, and even for smoking!”
During the times of the Black Death in England, lavender was used for protection against the plague. People actually fastened stalks of lavender to their wrists and ankles to protect them against the disease, not understanding the exact reason for that protection. Now we know why it worked… lavender repels the fleas that carried the plague!
In times of war when medicines and antibiotics were not readily available, soldiers were often given lavender oil to ease the pain of injuries and to kill any bacteria in their wounds.
We have now discovered hundreds more uses for lavender. It is known to be calming and relaxing to the nervous system, it eases depression, and improves cognitive performance. Lavender essential oil heals burns, eases allergy symptoms, kills bacteria, neutralizes the itch of insect bites, is a natural antiseptic and antifungal, and so much more.”
-Marnie Clark , “Lavender Essential Oil Uses and its Benefits for Cancer Patients”
Read the full article discussing the history of Lavender Oil and the positive ways it can impact cancer patients, here,
Studies are showing there is often trauma associated with being given a cancer diagnosis. People are coping with PTS after they no longer have any cancer in the body. It makes sense, the stress associated with being given the diagnosis can have a long-term psychological impact. This can also lead to depression. It’s very important that we acknowledge this.
Lavender, along with other citrusy oils such as orange, patchouli and geranium can help treat depression through it ability to counteract stress. Diffusing these oils has a positive impact on mental health.
Positive Health Wellness takes a look into those benefits, here.