Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH

Lavender essential Oil (Lavendula angustifolia) is the most used essential oil in the world today. It is widely-known because of its antioxidant, antimicrobial, sedative and calming effect.

Lavender oil is soothing, relaxing and helps to encourage a good night’s sleep. According to a study published in 2012 high-risk postpartum women had a significant reduction of postnatal anxiety after a four-week treatment of lavender aromatherapy.

A 2013 study published in Phytomedicine concluded that Lavender oil was able to increase the activity of the body’s most powerful antioxidants – glutathione, catalase and Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD), which means that it can be very beneficial in helping prevent or reverse oxidative stress, thus reducing risk of numerous health problem and slowing down the ageing process.

Lavender oil is one of the few oils that can be applied (sparingly) directly to the skin.

Pure essential oils can be used as essences in baths or in vaporisers. They can also be used to make up your own massage blends having first diluted them in HealthAid massage oil base or lotion base.


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