WHY LAVENDER?

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History of Lavender:

Lavandula (common name lavender). Currently over 45 different species of flowering plants with over 450 varieties.  Lavender is in the mint family, Lamiaceae.

Lavender can be found in Europe across to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia to southeast India

Lavender has been used for over 2,500 years. First by the Egyptians as a perfume and later used in China for its many health benefits. 

Sleep: 

Lavender essential oil induces sleep which has made it a common recommendation for an alternative treatment of insomnia. Frequent studies on elderly patients have shown an increase in their sleep regularity when their normal sleep medication is replaced with some lavender essential oil being placed on their pillows. Apply to the bottom of feet, apply socks and sleep tight. You can also try our chamomile and lavender tea "Sereni-Tea" right before bed for an extra dose of calm.

Acne:

Did you know that lavender can help with acne? Lavender has profound benefits on your skin because of its antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics.

It soothes and nourishes the skin — treating acne, healing dry skin, and reducing the appearance of dark spots and scars.

Bug Repellent:

Lavender essential oil is potent for many types of bugs like mosquitoes, midges, and moths. Apply some of the lavender oil on skin when outside to prevent insect bites.

Lavender essential oil can also be applied at the shoulder of a beloved dog to reduce bug bites.

You may just find your dog sleeping a lot as lavender has a calming and relaxing affect. 

Anxiety and DePRESSION: 

Lavender essential oil is a calming scent for stress and anxiety. It has been said to help with migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. The refreshing aroma helps relieve restlessness while also increasing mental activity. It has been researched and frequently used as a treatment for insomnia and also as a way to help with stress. Check out our headache roller, I keep one in my purse, one on my desk and one beside my bed. This does the trick when I am overly stressed, anxious or have a killer headache.

Lavender essential oil can be used by adding a few drops to the bath, use a cotton ball and put a little on your pillow to sleep, apply small amount directly to your feet and wear socks to sleep or apply to scalp.

Many add the oil for a massage by adding it to a carrier oil and rubbed into the joints.  Lavender oil can be diffused in a diffuser. Just add it to a vaporizer with your water and sit in an enclosed area.

It can also be sprayed in a shower/sauna for a similar effect. You can even add a few drops to a bowl of hot water and breathe in the fumes.

Caution: It should not be used directly in pregnant women or women who are currently breastfeeding. 

Disclaimer: The information provided is general and should not be taken as medical advice.

Sweet Streams Lavender Co. shares from our experience with lavender. Please consult your doctor, especially if being used during pregnancy, before using this product. Keep out of reach of children.