Résultat de recherche d'images pour "lavender"We are no strangers to the concept of essential oils these days. These oils form an important part of aromatherapy for their soothing and healing effects. Lavender oil is the most widely used variety of essential oils, having been in use since the ancient times. Starting from the Egyptians to the Romans, lavender essential oil has been used by the humans for medicinal purpose as well as a fragrance to perfume the body. The highest producer of lavender oil till date has been Bulgaria. Produced at the foothills of the Himalayas, Kashmir lavender oil is also pretty famous.

Lavender essential oil is used to lessen anxiety and nervousness; its soothing effects help in alleviating sleep disorders. Lavender oil brings a calming effect and acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial agent. One must remember that lavender essential oil doesn’t only contain lavender extracts but a 100 other compounds, most of them present in very low concentrations. Lavender oil has been variedly used against discomfort and distress, insomnia, restlessness, insect repellant, food flavoring and more but there has been little to no clinical tests regarding these and hence nothing can be surely said about its effects. A recent study has disclosed the lavender side effect; it said that lavender should be used with caution and people should be careful about the usage. Due to its highly concentrated nature, any amount beyond what is prescribed can cause nausea, vomiting, and headache. Excessive internal use should be avoided by pregnant women as it may promote menstruation. The side effects of lavender essential oil also include enhancing the effect of any drug, for example if one is using a blood-thinning drug, then the usage of lavender oil can give rise to bleeding. It also makes people excessively sleepy when used along with anti-depressants.

Lavender essential oil is obviously a thing of beauty but only when used with precaution.

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