Top Herb for Stress Reduction

Your Champion Life involves health and vitality not only in body, but also in mind.  If either of these areas is neglected, then your overall progress suffers.
Lavender Field
 
Each of us craves balance and peace, and yet we are pushed along by the urgent and noisy pace of our lives.  It is so easy to slip into living out of breath, we forget to breathe.
 
And we forget to live.
 
The good news is that there are simple and natural ways to restore balance to our mind and emotions.  And the benefits go far beyond what you might expect.

Herbal Healing

Breathe deeply and consider lavender. Lavender is a therapeutic and healing herb that has a calming, soothing and refreshing effect. You can use this herb to help care for yourself in so many ways.

Just Breathe

One of the most effective ways to use lavender is aromatherapy. Even if you have never intentionally used aromatherapy, you know how powerfully different scents impact your moods. But the effects aren’t just psychological: scientists have proven the physical effects of aromatherapy!
 
When the scent of lavender is inhaled, several amazing things happen:
 
• brainwaves show effects of calmness
• blood pressure drops
• body temperature lowers
• metabolism changes
• mood is lifted
• depression is lessened
 
All of this helps you relax and let go of stress. Just from inhaling the scent!

Mood Balance

To live a happier, healthier life, you need balance.  Lavender can help with this too.  In a study, people who were massaged Purple Flower and Candlewith lavender oil had a more stable mood, less anxiety, and better concentration.  They felt more positive.
 
In fact, lavender may actually slow the activity of the nervous system.  Imagine!  A more relaxed nervous system, a balanced mood, and improved concentration—all from the blossoms and oils of Lavender!
 
 

Lavender Therapy

Having the body you love includes having the mind that you love. Here are some ways to use lavender to bring your champion life within closer reach:
 
• Place 2-4 drops of lavender essential oil into 2-3 cups of boiling water, and inhale the steam.
• Into your bath waters, place a few drops of lavender essential oil or one-fourth to one-half cup dried lavender flowers.
• Rub a little lavender oil into your temples to relieve tension and headache.
• Place lavender pillows around your home, office, and car. (Lavender pillows are simple, sewn pillows stuffed with dried lavender.)
• Put lavender water into a spray bottle for an air-freshening spray.
• Trade your regular massage oil for lavender oil.
 
The Latin word for lavender is ‘lavare,’ which means ‘to wash.’  My challenge to you is to take advantage of the washing/restorative effects of lavender.  And then please share with all of us on my facebook page how lavender is benefitting you on your journey to wholeness in body and mind.