Lavender is by far one of my favorite herbs. Not only is it beautiful and smells great, but it has hundreds of uses. Our eye pillows are filled with french dried lavender seeds to give you calming aromatherapy for relaxation and stress relief. But what is lavender exactly and what are the health benefits?
What is lavender?
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is a perennial herb plant that produces long stems with buds and blooms. It has a wonderful and aromatic smell. The leaves can be silvery grey to bright green and the blooms can be deep purple to blue-purple, pink, and even white. There are hundreds of varieties of lavender with different colors, sizes, and slightly different smells. The buds and stems can be used in decorations or crafts or they can be used to produce essential oil which is used by itself and in countless products, such as perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products.
Health benefits of lavender
Lavender brings relaxation in general, soothes migraines, releases muscle cramps, eases the nervous system and helps with anxiety, insomnia, restlessness and depression. That is why it is so good to use in eye pillows.
Lavender oil is also believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to heal minor burns and bug bites.
Some studies suggest that consuming lavender as a tea can help digestive issues such as vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas, upset stomach, and abdominal swelling.
In addition to helping with digestive problems, lavender is used to help relieve pain from headaches, sprains, toothaches, and sores. It can also be used to prevent hair loss.
Other uses of lavender
- As a dried herb to make a relaxing herbal tea by steeping in hot water for a few minutes and adding honey
- In a tincture to help promote relaxation and sleep.
- To sooth sunburns or other burns, you can add a few drops of the essential oil to a bottle of cool water and spray on burns to offer relief. The dried herb can also be brewed in to a strong tea and sprayed on instead.
- A strong tea can be cooled and used as a scalp rinse to remedy dandruff.
- Adding a few drops of the essential oil or a cup of strong brewed tea and a cup of epsom salts to a bath helps relax sore muscles.
- For headaches, smelling lavender and peppermint oils or rubbing into the temples often helps.
- The essential oil or lavender infused oil can be used in homemade lotion bars, lotions, whipped body butter and more
- The essential oil can be used topically to help with acne or skin irritations.
- Simmering dried lavender herb in a pot of water with some citrus peels for a natural air freshener.
- Use a few drops on your pillow before going to bed, it also works as a bug repellent.
Our lavender eye pillows
In our eye pillows, dried lavender combined with the gentle pressure of flax seed, makes your experience a magical relaxation journey! Begin by gently rolling the eye pillow between your hands to release the relaxing fragrance, place it across the eye area, sit back and relax.
If you want to further enhance the benefits of the lavender eye pillow or lift up the fragrance, you can always put a few drops of lavender essential oil on the pillow.