Tension is something that many people experience on a regular basis. It occurs within the
muscles, and often results in debilitating headaches. Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
has long been used to treat stress, induce relaxation, and has powerful properties that
transpire on both emotional and physical levels. It impacts the nervous system to combat
stress and tension and deliver a relaxing sense of calm throughout the body.
Add a few drops to a warm bath or shower. The heat and steam penetrate the skin and cells
to absorb oil and circulate it throughout the body.
For an effective quick fix, rub a drop of this soothing oil on the base of the neck to
immediately relieve tension.
Apply 1-2 drops to additional points on the body, such as the temples, inside of the wrists,
between the toes, and in the armpits.
Room diffusers that produce a vapor mist are also an easy way to disperse lavender oil. Add
3-5 drops, sit back, and inhale.
You can also create your own vapor treatment by boiling a few cups of water and adding 3-
5 drops of lavender oil. Place a towel over your head to keep the steam concentrated around
your face, bend (carefully!) over the pot and slowly inhale.
When combined with massage, lavender oil can be extremely effective for muscle
relaxation. Add 3-5 drops to a teaspoon of unscented lotion and slowly rub into skin for a
full body effect.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.