What Are The Benefits of Lavender?

Updated: Aug 9

What are some soothing benefits of Lavender besides its soothing scent?

It is well known that lavender has been known to relax you, and it is also known to increase deep sleep when inhaled. Before the widespread availability of lavender essential oils and lavender-scented products, like eye masks and heating pads, people would dry lavender flowers and place them in a bag under their pillow.

1 Lavender helps you to sleep better.

Recent studies are proving the science behind lavender's ability to boost deep sleep when inhaled. According to the studies, the lavender aroma increases delta waves in slow-wave sleep, which is the stage of sleep where you sleep the most deeply. It also reduces alpha waves in wake-stage sleep, which decreases the amount of restless sleep a person might experience.

2 Lavender has amazing antibacterial and antifungal benefits.

In recent studies, they are looking into how lavender essential oil compares to antifungal medications that we currently have in the market. There have also been claims that lavender may be more effective, making it a potential antifungal agent. I personally love the scent of lavender, and I strongly believe it has helped my skin care issues. For as long as I can remember, I have personally suffered from hormonal acne, and even though I am not 100% cured because hormonal acne is the harder type of acne to cure, lavender products have made a difference.If you think about it, acne is a type of bacterial infection, so it makes sense how it would help clear your face from acne.

Neither fungal nor bacterial infections of any kind are pleasant to experience, and lavender may have recently proven to alleviate some of these symptoms.

Lavender also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, according to a neurologist and neurosurgeon, Hafiz Abdul Majid, who adds that "these properties boost the healing process."

3 Lavender can help the neurological part of your brain.

Another interesting benefit of lavender is its ability to protect your brain from neurological disorders.

Lavender can actually protect your brain. Growing evidence points to lavender potentially helping you treat certain neurological disorders.

Neuroprotective properties found in lavender, which are known to protect your nervous system, have a tremendous impact on certain neurological disorders. Preventative health specialist Sandra El Hajj, Ph.D., says, "Lavender is deemed to be one of the best treatments for neurological disorders due to its content of linalool, linalyl acetate, 1,8-cineole B-ocimene, terpinen-4-ol and camphor."

4 Lavender has the potential to reduce pain.

There are also studies linked to Lavender and its ability to reduce pain, whether acute (temporary) or chronic (long-term).

That is why I infused all my butters with Lavender and Arnica, but arnica is a whole different herb that we will talk about at a later time.

A study of 100 ICU patients found that after massaging lavender essential oil into the feet of the patients, it made noticeable health changes to those patients. Some of these changes that were noticed were lowered blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, wakefulness, and pain itself. There are also some studies that suggest that Lavender might work as an analgesic or painkiller when rubbed into the part of the skin where you are feeling pain.

5 Lavender can help alleviate digestive problems.

Not only is chamomile tea good for calming and relaxing you into a good night's sleep, but it is also great to aid with your digestion issues. Lavender has been known to help with different digestive issues like vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas, upset stomach, and abdominal swelling. A recent study that used lavender aromatherapy found that nausea improved by 82.6 percent. One interesting thing that I found out is that lavender is known to be superior to ginger essential oil when helping with nausea. I always thought ginger was one of the top herbs that help with nausea. The more I learn about herbs, the more fascinated I am.

6 Lavender may reduce stress and anxiety.

I think that the number one use of chamomile will always be the ability to reduce stress. "Lavender smell increases brain activities," Dr. Majid explains. "The smell affects mood, productivity, and mental illness by providing a calm sensation to the brain." Research shows that lavender can improve symptoms of anxiety-like restlessness and disturbed sleep.

A study has brought up lavender's anxiolytic properties and its ability to reduce anxiety. The study suggests that this anxiety-relieving property has the effect of common anxiety medications.

So we know that lavender has amazing health and skin benefits, but how do you start to incorporate lavender in your life. You should definitely ask your doctor before you start to experiment with any type of herb, no matter how natural it might seem.

One suggestion that I have is to check the ingredients of any lavender product you might be consuming or applying because even some teas can have a lavender fragrance instead of pure lavender. Lavender fragrance smells like lavender, but it is not lavender, and it does not have any of the benefits you read about.

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