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I’ve mentioned in my previous post, the 5 best teas for anxiety that lavender tea has countless properties that help reduce anxiety.
It sucks that I absolutely despise the taste of lavender.
Weirdly enough I love the smell of it.
Luckily there are many alternatives that I can use. I’ve listed below three ways you can use lavender, other than tea, that helps reduce anxiety.
I am not going to pretend to get all technical and know exactly how Lavender calms the body, but I will try my best to explain how I understand it.
Lavender is of course a plant, and it originates from the Latin root “lavare” which translates “to wash” I like to think it washes my anxiety away and that’s how I remember it.
Let’s move onto using lavender for anxiety.
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What are the benefits of lavender?
Reducing anxiety and helping insomnia are two of the main benefits of lavender. When I was researching for this blog post, I realised that there were not a lot of scientific studies on the benefits of lavender, but in the few that has happened, it’s proved time and time again that Lavender has amazing properties.
In all the studies I’ve looked at, it has shown that anxiety has significantly reduced from the use of lavender.
Another benefit of lavender is helping with insomnia. When I struggled to sleep, I started taking Nytol which has lavender in it. As you can imagine the taste wasn’t my favourite but it did the trick. I also found that I didn’t struggle to wake up in the morning or feel foggy after taking it which I found using other sleeping tablets.
The easiest way to use lavender is through candles. I love the smell of lavender. It reminds me of washing being out to dry all day and when it comes in smelling all fresh.
I am currently using The Scented Piskey, lavender bloom scented wax melt and I am in love.
The wax melt itself has small pieces of lavender in it. When you burn the wax and it’s fully melted, the lavender pieces are floating around.
The blocks are shaped perfectly for one block per burner.
Another way you can use lavender for anxiety is by using lavender oil. It’s safe to use lavender oil on your skin and provides a lot of benefits. It can unclog your pores and reduce inflammation.
A tip that I’ve picked up is diluting the lavender oil with coconut oil when I use it on my skin because my skin is extremely sensitive.
Lavender oil is also very affordable and can be picked up from Amazon or Holland & Barrett for under £4.
If you buy fresh lavender, there are a number of things you can do with it.
If you don’t want to take a sleeping pill or even Nytol, you can boil water and put the lavender flowers in the bowl, and inhale the vapours.
Fresh lavender can be used in your food. You can tie a bunch of lavender flowers and cook under the meat. You can also add it to a drink, after doing some research – lavender and lemonade is supposed to be very refreshing.
What are the side effects?
Of course, nothing is perfect and using lavender does have some side effects. A side effect that I have is headaches. This is only if I burn a lavender candle for a long period of time.
After doing some research, another side effect is constipation. This is if you’re having lavender tea etc in large quantities, if you are experiencing a side effect, I would cut back on your intake.
Using lavender for anxiety
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post for using lavender for anxiety. Although I do get headaches after using lavender for long periods of time, the calm feeling it makes me feel is worth it.
I hope in the future I can learn to love the taste of it, but highly doubtful.
What is your favourite lavender product?
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