Truth be told, I have never cared much for the smell of lavender. It could easily be the particular brand that I was exposed to growing up. Whatever the reason, I would run many a mile at the smell, as I found it foul smelling. Perhaps my sense of smell was yet to be developed as it turns out lavender is an excellent fragrance for your health. So much so it is believed that Mary used an expensive perfume made from lavender to anoint Jesus in biblical times. Back then it was called nard. More widely available, the smell offers you several benefits.

The use of this fragrance helps relieve anxiety and stress. It helps you sleep better if your room has some of it wafting at night. It can help you heal burns and wound and also restore skin complexion. It is also known to alleviate the symptoms of a headache. More importantly, it acts as an antioxidant. It does this by helping your body produce glutathione and catalase two powerful antioxidants. In another study, the use of the oil was shown to heal some of the symptoms of diabetes.

Several of the solutions we use to help our homes or office end up being toxic. The room fresheners or the deodorizing sprays that are used end up releasing a burst of noxious chemicals that are included to help spray the fragrance. Instead of helping, you have just ended up causing yourself great harm. Instead, if you use lavender oil in a water based diffuser, you benefit from its healing properties and also the absence of chemicals.

You need to be careful while using essential oils as they are extremely concentrated. You can’t pour it over yourself like regular oils as they need to be diluted. People have reported contraindications in such cases. The benefits of lavender far outweigh the minor risks that you might end up abusing it.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.