What Is Lavender?
Lavender is a flowering plant in the mint family that’s easily identified by its sweet floral scent. It’s believed to be native to the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and India, with a history going back as far as 2,500 years.
In ancient times, lavender was considered a holy herb. Additionally, it was used to freshen up and give a light scent to a variety of personal items, such as clothing and hair.
What Are Possible Health Benefits of Lavender?
Today, lavender is more than just a fragrant plant. This herb is also used for medicinal and therapeutic purposes. So, if you’re dealing with a few medical issues of your own, and you don’t want to risk the unpleasant side effects that come with many over the counter and prescription medicines, here’s a look at the potential health perks of using lavender.
- Improve Sleep
Insomnia is a nagging problem that effects a lot of us. Cutting out caffeine and getting more exercise may help induce sleep, but sometimes these efforts and other remedies don’t work. As a result, you end up a groggy mess in the daytime.
If you’re willing to try anything for a restful night’s sleep, a study published in March 2017 in the British Association of Critical Nurses found lavender essential oil to be an effective remedy in improving the sleep quality of intensive care unit (ICU) patients who had difficulty sleeping.
- Treat Skin Blemishes
A variety of essential oils are also excellent for dermatology use, including lavender. In fact, if you have acne, eczema, or skin inflammation, applying lavender to affected areas may play a role in treating blemishes and ease inflammation. The antioxidant activity of lavender may also contribute to wound healing.
- Natural Pain Relief
One study found lavender to be an effective remedy for postoperative pain. It can function as a pain reliever because the oil contains linalyl acetate and linalool — anti-inflammatory components that are found in many essential oils.
Lavender also contains polysaccharides. Another study published in the journal Phyto therapy Research stated that plants containing these molecules are “the most potent in curing inflammatory diseases,” which includes arthritis and rheumatism.
- Regulate Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
Chronic high blood pressure puts added stress on the heart, increasing the risk of health complications like stroke and heart attack. But a small study published in 2017 in the Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research found that when 40 people inhaled lavender essential oil after open-heart surgery, they reduced their blood pressure and heart rate, suggesting the oil had a positive effect on their vital signs. Yet the authors note more research is needed on this possible benefit.
- Relieve Asthma Symptoms
Because of the anti-inflammatory effects of lavender, it may also improve bronchial asthma. A study on mice published in July 2014 in the journal Life Sciences found that lavender essential oil had a positive impact on respiratory health, relieving allergic inflammation and mucus hyperplasia. Whether the same effect would be seen in humans remains unclear.
- Lessens Menopausal Hot Flashes
Hot flashes (or hot flushes) are a common menopause symptom that affects many women. It causes a sudden feeling of heat over the body, and it can make the face flushed and trigger perspiration. But lavender may help reduce menopause flashing and improve quality of life, according to a study published in September 2016 in the Journal of Chinese Medical Association.
- Helps Combat Fungus Growth
There are also several studies highlighting the potential antifungal properties of lavender. Studies suggest lavender may be effective in inhibiting the growth of certain types of fungus, such as C. albicans. It could also act as remedy for treating athlete’s foot and ringworm, which are also caused by fungus, according to previous research.
- Promotes Hair Growth
In yet another study, lavender essential oil applied to the backs of mice once a day, five times a week, for four weeks, resulted in an increase in their number of hair follicles and a thicker dermal layer. This leads researchers to believe that lavender could potentially be used as a hair growth promoting agent, though more research is needed.
- Reduces Anxiety & Depression
Lavender has been well studied for its anxiolytic, or anxiety relieving, effects. Studies show both oral, inhaled and topically absorbed lavender may reduce anxiety. Some studies suggest oral lavender may be effective as an anti-anxiety medication. Scientists have found similar types of results for lavender’s effectiveness in treating depression.
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