Healthy Benefits of Lavender, (Lavandula angustifolia)
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
3. Analgesic- (painkiller)
5. Vasodilating- (widening blood vessels)
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.
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.
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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