Benefits of Lavender

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.

 

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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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CBD & Cerebral Palsy

Rather than refer to a single condition, cerebral palsy (CP) relates to a group of medical issues that impact coordination and movement. It is a lifelong condition that is caused by a problem with the brain that occurs before, during, or soon after birth. It often occurs when the brain doesn’t develop properly in the womb. However, some children are affected by cerebral palsy because their brain is damaged during or soon after birth.

Causes of cerebral palsy include:

  • Meningitis.
  • A serious head injury.
  • The child’s mother catching an infection during the pregnancy.
  • The brain not getting enough oxygen for a short period during a difficult birth.
  • Reduces blood and oxygen supply to the brain.
  • Bleeding in the baby’s brain.

Cerebral palsy is the most common childhood motor disability. 1 in 323 American children have been identified with the condition. At present, there is no cure for cerebral palsy, but there are a few interesting studies which suggest that CBD could potentially reduce the symptoms of the condition

How Could CBD Help Cerebral Palsy?

CBD enhances the endocannabinoid system by increasing its ability to retain anandamide. When you take CBD, it blocks FAAH, a fatty acid that breaks down anandamide. As a result, you have more of the compound in your body to manage symptoms such as pain. Anandamide has a similar structure to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but it does not cause the “high” associated with THC. Our bodies use it to regulate mood, pain sensation and other functions.

Taking CBD also activates receptors for serotonin, vanilloid and adenosine. These compounds control your mood, pain signals and sleep-wake cycle. They improve cerebral palsy symptoms like pain, sleep issues, anxiety and depression.

While we will look at the most important studies on the topic below, it is important to note that there is a lack of hard evidence that links CBD to an improvement in CP symptoms. However, researchers have come up with several theories on how CBD could provide relief for people suffering from cerebral palsy.

Reduced Pain

CP patients with rigid, locked muscles are in severe pain most of the time. A 2016 study by Barth Wilsey, published in the Journal of Pain, found that cannabis users with a spinal cord injury felt less pain after using the herb.

Spasticity

A 2012 clinical trial by Jody Corey-Bloom, published in CMAJ, was conducted at the San Diego School of Medicine. The study involved giving 30 multiple sclerosis patients a placebo or cannabis. Those who used the cannabis experienced a 33% reduction in spasticity compared to MS patients who consumed the placebo. There were also noticeable reductions in perceived muscle-related pain.

Seizures

Up to 50% of kids with CP suffer from subsequent seizure disorders. However, CBD is fast gaining a reputation for being able to reduce the number of seizures associated with conditions such as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome.

Important Studies on the Impact of CBD on Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy has a significant impact on the child and his/her family. While up to 10,000 babies are born with the condition annually, as many as 1,500 are not diagnosed until they go to school. Almost half of children with CP are unable to walk independently and parents are desperate for a solution. At present, the total lifetime care costs to look after a child with cerebral palsy is $1 million. Small wonder then that parents are keen to find out more about what CBD can do for their kids.

Luba Blumkin performed one of the most relevant studies into CBD’s effects on CP with the aid of a marijuana supplier called Tikun Olam. The 2017 study, which was conducted by the Wolfson Medical Center near Israel’s capital, Tel Aviv, analyzed the effect of CBD on 36 children (aged 1-17) with cerebral palsy.

According to Blumkin, the study focused on kids with the highest level of motor disorders. Such children also have associated problems such as painful bowel movements and problems chewing and swallowing. The pain gets worse over time and results in sleeping difficulties. After analyzing the children for two months to ensure their conditions were stable, the team gave the kids CBD oil three times a day via a feeding tube or orally.

Within four months, there was a noticeable improvement in their condition. Blumkin states that the biggest positive change was in their motor function. Other benefits included decreased pain and an improvement in bowel movements and sleep. All of the participants in the study continued taking their existing medication along with the oil.

The Wolfson Medical Center study was extremely important because, up until that point, there was relatively little data on CBD’s effect on cerebral palsy. A survey study* by Adam Hirsh et al., published in the March 2012 edition of the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, found that marijuana provided the best relief for CP patients when compared to several other medications. However, only 5% of the sample group had ever used the drug for pain.

Final Thoughts on CBD & Cerebral Palsy

Overall, there is a suggestion that CBD could have medical benefits for individuals with cerebral palsy. It could help with symptoms including spasticity, sleep disturbance, and pain. CBD is a non-intoxicating compound of cannabis and is legal.

An increasing number of people living with cerebral palsy claim that CBD has made a significant positive impact. Terri Aghast was born with CP and underwent dozens of surgeries. She spent 12 years in braces and was also wheelchair-bound on several occasions. After using CBD for the first time, she could see the difference in how she walked, and felt the difference throughout her body. Of course, we can’t guarantee that you will have a similar experience because CBD affects everyone differently, but its something that’s definitely worth a shot for those with cerebral palsy.