The Science Behind Your Lavender Hand Towel…

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Do you know the story behind your frozen lavender hand towel? Do you know how it’s awesomeness came to exist at JBY? LOVE, it all started with LOVE, well actually, on a beach in Mexico, on a honeymoon, at the end of a hilarious yoga class; it’s a really great story that involves a cheeky parrot and a yoga studio in Mexico…but that’s a story to ask Tanya one day when you’ve got her trapped say for….90 minutes….?!

How about the SCIENCE behind your frozen lavender hand towel??!!! All essential oils have health benefits when used correctly. Lavender is a fantastic all around amazing oil because of the myriad of benefits it touts from top to bottom, inside to out!! We use the lavender as our scent of choice primarily because of the calming effects it has on us (and of course the great scent!). The relaxation effect of the lavender and the coolness of the frozen towel….well, you only need to take one class to know the perfection of this combo!

Let’s take a look at some of the specific benefits of the lavender essence…

Lavender administered via an olfactory route (through smell) has been proven to decrease anxiety scores and increase mood scores in various clinical trials on Lavender aromatherapy. Lavender has been studied right up alongside of the leading anti-depressant medications!! Lavender oil showed no sedative effects in (certain) studies and has no potential for drug abuse. An orally administered lavender oil capsule preparation, silexan, appears to be an effective and well tolerated alternative to benzodiazepines (psychoactive drug used in traditional prescription drug preparations for anxiety) help with generalized anxiety. (Click over to both of those links, they have some citations to several clinical trials performed with lavender to aid in depression and anxiety!)

Other uses and benefits of lavender include antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits, tension and headache relief, relief from aches and pains such as sore or tense muscles and sprains. Lavender oil can also do wonders for various respiratory ailments and breathing difficulties. 

These are only a few of the benefits of the mighty lavender plant. A simple google search for lavender benefits will give you lots of great reading and interesting tidbits that maybe you didn’t know!!

So, lie down, close your eyes, drift into the relaxation of your final savasana, and enjoy our gift to you, our thank you for coming to the mat, your frozen lavender hand towel. ahhhhhhhhh.