Why do we end all of our yoga sessions with a cool compress soaked in lavender/lemon essential oils? Like all things yoga, we do everything with mindfulness and knowledge. Lavender and lemon are among the most commonly used essential oils. If not, the most popular among all other oils. And they often go together to make an excellent mix for a range of benefits.

The word Lavender comes from the Latin word lavare, meaning “to wash.” It was one of the favorite aromas of the Romans and was used in their bathing activities. Lavender is generally regarded as one of the most useful and versatile essences for therapeutic purposes. Its properties are a fairly equal balance between yin and yang properties and, therefore, it is considered neutral. Lavender has a calming, soothing effect on inflammations, and it helps rejuvenate skin cells and prevent sunburn.

The essence of lemon, which comes from the outer layer of the rind, can be effective in cases of gout and arthritis. Lemon is good for cleansing water and also helps stimulate the appetite, that is why it is most commonly added to drinking water. Lemon is also concentrated with a high volume of vitamin content, making it a great boost for your immune system. It helps stimulate white blood cell production, increasing your ability to ward off illness.

The combination of lavender and lemon essential oils not only permeate your nostrils with a wonderful aroma, they offer both relaxing and energizing benefits during Savasana.