MEDICINAL PLANTS

Lavender

If you experience anxiety, chances are that someone along the way has recommended that you use lavender essential oil, and for good reason. This aromatic, purple flower has a fairly strong standing among studies, which have mainly focused on its anti-anxiety capacities.

It’s proven to be soothing in a study conducted among dental patients, while another study confirmed that lavender can directly impact mood and cognitive performance. It’s also been commended for its sedative properties to help people get much-needed sleep.

Recently, it’s been discovered that lavender carries anti-inflammatory benefits as well. It’s most effective diluted and applied to the skin or used in aromatherapy, and it has few side effects.

INTERESTING FACT

Lavender was first brought to Provence, France, by the Romans 2,000 years ago.

Lavender could be beneficial for:

  • anxiety
  • stress
  • blood pressure
  • migraine

Things to consider

  • It can cause skin irritation.
  • It’s poisonous if taken orally.
  • It may disrupt hormones when applied undiluted.

Lavender (lavandula) is popular for its soothing scent and ability to calm the nerves. Lavender tea is another drink you can whip up to help you unwind after a long day and have a good night’s rest. Lavender oil is also popular for massage treatments, aromatherapy and even hair treatment!

Lavender health benefits:

  • Eases tension and reduces stress
  • Relieves headaches and migraines
  • Aids sleep
  • Supports healthy hair and skin
  • Fights acne
  • Relieves pain
  • Treats respiratory problems

Common uses:

  • Brew flowers for a tea
  • Use essential oil in a diffuser
  • Apply essential oil topically