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Healthy Benefits of Lavender, (Lavandula angustifolia)

Updated on December 29, 2015

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Just about every gardener loves to grow this magnificent herb called Lavender.  Its deep dark purple and blueish bloom planted in any garden setting is enough to make all heads turn to steal a glimpse of its beauty, and then drawn to its presence one can enjoy the heavenly scent this herb contains.

Lavender comes from the botanical family Lamiaceae or Labiate (mint) and is one of the most recognized herbs distinctly known for its aromatherapy; however this wonderful plant offers more than just a pleasant scent.  Lavender is the “go to herb” for treating anything above the shoulders, which is why many use Lavender to treat headaches and insomnia, but lavender offers even more therapeutic properties.  French scientist Rene Gattefosse was the first to discover lavender’s ability to promote tissue regeneration and to heal wounds faster, after severely burning his arm in a laboratory accident.

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Medicinal Properties of Lavender oil

1. Antiseptic

2. Antifungal

3. Analgesic- (painkiller)

4. Antitumoral

5. Vasodilating- (widening blood vessels)

6. Relaxant

7. Anti-inflammatory

8. Anti-viral

9. Cytophylactic, encourages growth of new skin cells, and vulnerary effect on the skin.

10. Consist of high levels of linalool which gives the ability of skin healing preventing tissue degeneration and stops bleeding.

11. Aromatherapy

What Lavender oil is used for

Lavender is used for respiratory infection, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, menstrual problems, hair loss, insomnia, nervous tension and skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, scaring stretch marks, and burns. Japanese researchers found that lavender diffused in the office environment improved mental accuracy and concentration, showing there to be 20% fewer errors made. Other research has pointed out as well that lavender oil inhaled increases beta waves to the brain which increases mental alertness and reduces mental stress and depression.

Lavender oil side effects

Though lavender oil is considered to be safe oil and can be taken many different ways, you should consult with your doctor or trained herbalist for treating any health conditions. The safest and most popular means of using and benefiting from this oil is through inhalation and topically on the skin. When Lavender is taken by the mouth it could cause constipation, headaches, and increased appetite. Lavender oil is not recommended for young boys who have not reached puberty yet because the oil has a hormone effect that could disrupt the normal hormones in the boy’s body, resulting in abnormal breast growth called gynecomastia.

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Lavender in skin care products

The name Lavender come from the Latin word "lavare" which means - to wash. Considering the amazing benefits Lavender oil has for the skin, it is no wonder that Lavender is used in so many skin care products such as natural shampoo’s, handmade soaps, and lotions. When such products like these contain lavender oil in them do they not only offer therapeutic properties through aromatherapy but its strong cleansing and germicidal effects make it very valuable for skin therapy as well. The following video helps explain how lavender oil is used in bath and body products and how you can use this wonderful oil in your home.

Remember to always consult with a clinical herbalist or qualified healthcare practitioner before treating yourself with natural and herbal remedies. All information mentioned in this hub is for general information and should not be considered as medical advice or consultation. Always contact a reputable healthcare practitioner if medical care is needed.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Yes the smell is amazing, I was working with transplanting a bunch of lavender plant in the greenhouse yesterday and it smelt awesome. Thanks for commenting.

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      daffodil2010 6 years ago

      it smells so good. thanks for sharing.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Powerpoe1, thanks for the vote and backlink, I do hope that you are able to grow some lavender successfully, its such an amazing herb. Thanks for the read, take care- Rob

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      Powerpoe1 6 years ago

      " I was not aware of all the benefits of lavender. Thank you, for producing this hub. I have never planted the herb in my garden. I'll keep you posted of my results and backlink this hub for its usefulness. Voted Up! & Rated Useful~"

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Thanks Micky, glad you enjoyed this hub on Lavender, God bless you.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Yes sir! The fragrance! The beauty! Thank you!

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      RTalloni I am so glad you found my hubs as well. I too love lavender, and have planted over 300 lavender plants at my place, not exactly 60 square miles of lavender, but I am slowly growing. I have found that the munstead grows best in my zone, I haven't tried much other yet. Good luck this year I hope you get a great lavender harvest.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      60 square miles of blooming lavender! Imagine being a child living and running in lavender fields! Love the video on processing lavender, I suppose because I love everything lavender. Am going to try to grow French lavender again this year. In several years of trying I've had success in only one year. I can't seem to get any established. Thankfully they are available each spring.

      Great info. Glad I found your hubs.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Martie so glad you found this hub on lavender to be inspiring, sorry to hear you haven't had the best success growing lavender, they do like well drained soil and plenty of sun.

      Also so glad you stopped by and checked out our site, and that you enjoyed it, I wish there was a cheaper way to ship internationally. I have a friend who lives in Lichinga and it is so expensive to ship packages to her.

      Thanks again for stopping by and commenting!

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      I’ve just visited your websites – and I’m truly impressed. I’ll soon return to them to order some of your mother’s soaps and to ponder over your website services... so many opportunities, but only one will be feasible for me... Which one? I am currently at a T-junction... waiting-waiting for a traffic light to go green. Thanks!

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      I love Lavender, but I always kill my plants with too much water. I’m going to give it another try, and try not to make the same mistake again. Thanks for an informative and inspiring hub!

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Bethany that's a great idea! My mother actually puts a few drops of lavender or at times different oils onto a tissue and clips it on to the vent where the heat/air come out. Much better than chemical infested car air fresheners

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      Bethany Culpepper 6 years ago

      Love this! With Latin and all. I keep a bottle of lavender oil in my car and open it when traffic starts to get bad - relaxes me immediately.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Cheapsk8chick, so glad you enjoyed this Lavender hub and that you learned more about this wonderful plant. Thanks for the vote and comment.

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      cheapsk8chick 6 years ago

      I love lavender and now that I know how many healing properties I will use it more often! What a great hub! Vote up and thanks for such great information!

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Thanks Katie glad you enjoyed the Lavender experience,I was amazed when reading up on this how much lavender is need to make just a little bit of oil, but aren't those lavender fields just breathtaking.

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      Nice! I Love lavender it is such a perfect scent. Gotta rate this up and vote it everything good! I love goats milk soap and products. I opened my last three pack of my old frankincense and myrrh and will soon be ready for a new experience! Looking forward to it. Thank you for the great Lavandula angustifolia lavender experience! :) Katie

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Darlene, was thinking of you as I put this hub together, I know how much you love lavender, Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Wow, my dear friend what an excellent hub, I love lavender it soothes and cleans your soul. I can't wait to get some of your soaps, and this hub is a 100% rate up love it so much...and you of course, your fan and Friend love & peace darski