Lavender is one of those herbs that has been in use for a very long time, to treat a variety of ailments. Native to the Mediterranean region, it was historically used as an antiseptic and for mental health purposes. It was first used as a bath additive in ancient Persia, Greece and Rome. Our understanding of medicine and of this herb has evolved over time, yet some of our original ideas about this delightful smelling flower still ring true.
Originally, lavender was used for a variety of ailments – anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, depression, headache, upset stomachs and even hair loss. Some of these probably sound very familiar, since we still associate lavender with uplifting our spirits and helping us to relax and drift off to sleep.
In addition to the more traditional uses of this flower, research has been done to show that lavender aromatherapy may actually help to alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms in women. Researchers at Shitennoji Univeristy, Kyoto University, and the Center for Advanced Reproductive Endocrinology and infertility conducted a small-scale study that shows that lavender could help women with mild to moderate symptoms. While more empirical evidence would be necessary to definitively conclude that a soothing lavender bath could also improve your PMS symptoms, it seems like a pretty relaxing and enjoyable gamble to take!
Science aside, lavender is a great additive to a relaxing bath – whether you are seeking the therapeutic benefits of this long-loved herb, or just looking for a delightful scent to help you wash your worries away.
Our “Sweet Dreams” bath salts contains an intoxicating blend of lavender and bergamot and is sure to help you relax. For an all-day treat, you can try our “Lavender” body butter and carry relaxation around with you wherever you go.
 National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health; https://nccih.nih.gov/health/lavender/ataglance.htm
Effects of lavender aromatherapy on insomnia and depression in women college students. Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi. 2006 Feb;36(1):136-43. Korean. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16520572
 What are the health benefits of lavender? Medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265922.php