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3 Surprising Ways Lavender Can Make You Feel Better

From de-bloating your belly to nixing hot flashes.

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We all know that lavender has the power to melt away stress and soothe anxiety, but did you know that this purple flowering plant is also a potent anti-aging agent that can reverse health bothers in a flash? Read on for three surprising ways you can use lavender to feel better in a hurry.

De-Bloat Your Belly

Mix four drops of lavender essential oil ($15.95, Amazon) and 1 Tbs. of olive oil ($14.98, Amazon) and massage onto your stomach in a clockwise motion for two minutes; then rinse. Together, the oil and the massing motion will boost circulation to help the body flush trapped fluids for a slimmer-looking midsection, stat!

Quell Hot Flashes

Swipe on a lavender-infused deodorant ($17.89, Amazon). Research shows the flower’s scent soothes the body’s central nervous system, helping to relieve stress-induced hot flashes 33 percent faster.

Soothe a Rash

To calm an angry rash, mix four drops of lavender essential oil ($15.95, Amazon) with a pea-size amount of coconut oil ($12.09, Amazon) and rub onto red, irritated skin. Compounds found in lavender constrict blood vessels and reduce inflammation, while moisturizing coconut oil soothes itchiness for relief in an instant. Aah!

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