The medicinal use of essential oils dates back centuries—scientists have detected traces of the ancient practice in Egyptian, Chinese, Indian, and Greek cultures, among others. But if you're looking to treat insomnia, stress, anxiety, and headaches in one fell swoop, one essential oil in particular stands out: lavender. As a current Amazon best seller ($10), this ancient remedy is experiencing a resurgence in the modern day health and wellness world.
"If you only use one essential oil, this is it!" writes Ashley Turner, a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and wellness expert, for Mindbodygreen. As the most versatile of all essential oils, lavender is "most commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body" due to its balancing, relaxing fragrance. Lavender has been used to relieve pain, calm the mind and body, treat minor cuts or burns, relieve anxiety, enhance blood circulation, and treat respiratory issues. Here's how to add it to your daily wellness routine:
- Rub two to three drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms.
- Inhale the scent and draw it all the way into your amygdala gland, or the emotional center in your brain, to calm the mind.
- For an immediate calming effect on the body, rub it on your feet, temples, or wrists. You can do this in crowded places for a quick anxiety fix.
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