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5 Magical Health Benefits of Lavender

M Kanika
M Kanika
Magical Health Benefits of Lavender
Magical Health Benefits of Lavender

When you hear the word “Lavender”, you immediately think of a light purple and soft flower. Isn’t it… But we don’t know that these beautiful purple flowers have amazing health benefits. So today in this article, we will talk about the benefits of using lavender in our day-to-day life.

Lavender is a flowering plant in mint family, which is easily identified by its sweet floral scent. It is believed to be a native to Mediterranean, India and the Middle East with a history of dating back as 2,500 years.

In ancient times, lavender flower was used as a holy herb. Additionally, it was used to freshen up & give light scent to a variety of personal items, such as hairs & clothes. Lavender is much more than just a fragrant plant. As it turns out this herb is commonly used for a medicinal & therapeutic benefit.

Below are the Potential Health Benefits of using Lavender:

  • Improve Sleep

  • Relieve Asthma Symptoms

  • Treat Skin Blemishes

  • Lessens Menopausal Hot Flashes

  • Promotes Hair Growth

Improve Sleep

Insomnia is a problem that keeps you tossing & turning throughout night. Cutting out caffeine and getting more exercise help in inducing sleep. But sometimes these efforts don’t work. As a result, you end up groggy mess in the daytime. 

If you are willing to try anything for a peaceful night sleep, then you can use Lavender essential oil, a study published in March 2017 in British Association of Critical Nurses found that the Lavender essential oil is an effective remedy in improving the sleep quality of intensive care unit patients who had difficulty in sleeping.

So, if you have tried other sleep remedies to no avail, you can place few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow, before going to sleep. Just be sure not to ingest or any other essential oil, because doing that may have health harms.

Relieve Asthma Symptoms

The anti-inflammatory effects of lavender, may also improve bronchial asthma. A study on mice published in July 2014 in the Journal Life Sciences found that the lavender essential oil had positive impact on the respiratory health, mucus hyperplasia and relieving allergic inflammation. Whether the same effect would be seen in humans remain unclear.

Magical Health Benefits of Lavender
Magical Health Benefits of Lavender

Treat Skin Blemishes

Essential oils are excellent for the dermatology use, including Lavender oil. If you have eczema, skin inflammation or acne. You can apply lavender oil to the affected area, and that may play a role in treating the blemishes and it eases the inflammation according to a paper published in year 2017 in Journal of Evidence – Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine. For people with sensitive skin, dilute essential oil in water or carrier oil.

The anti-oxidant property of lavender may also contribute to wound healing.

Just be sure to check with your dermatologist before adding the lavender to your skincare, to ensure that it won’t interact with any of the medications that you are currently taking. 

Lessens Menopausal Hot Flashes

Hot flashes or flushes are common menopause symptom that affects many women. It causes sudden feeling of heat over body and it can make the face flushed & trigger perspiration.

But lavender aromatherapy for 20 minutes twice a day may help in reducing menopause flashing and it improves the quality of life, according to study published in September 2016 in the Journal of Chinese Medical Association.  

Promotes Hair Growth

In another study, it was proved that the essential oil applied to backs of mice once a day, five times a week, for four weeks resulted in an increase in the number of hairs follicles and thicker dermal layer. This leads researchers to believe that the lavender could potentially be used as hair growth promoting agent, though more research in needed.

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