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The Medicinal Wonders of Lavender

Mike Rothschild

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Lavender has been everyone’s favorite, not just because of its invigorating, fresh floral scent, but also because of its many uses. The lavender scent exudes cleanliness and calm;  that’s why lavender can be seen on the lists of ingredients of many products ranging from perfumes and beauty products to soaps and air fresheners. The many uses of lavender make it essential to have in your home.

The most common form of lavender is Lavandula angustifolia and it’s where we get the color lavender. Almost forty plants can be classified as lavender and can be traced back to Europe, Africa, and Asia. Lavender grows and spreads so fast it is considered a weed in some places.

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Uses of Lavender

  • Surprisingly, lavender has found culinary use in salad dressings, honey, sauces, and beverages. In some cultures, it is also used as a spice to add flavor to dishes.
  • When the leaves and flowers of lavender are grounded, the natural compound left can be topically applied or brewed as tea in order to help soothe anxiety and balance your mood. The antioxidant that lavender contains has been found to lower the levels of stress hormones, hence the therapeutic effect.
  • For the longest time, Lavender tea has been trusted by many cultures in helping to get a restful sleep. This flower has shown to help relax, clear the mind and induce sleep. This makes it an important oil to use in aromatherapy.
  • If you take lavender flowers and put them in a mixture inside a spray bottle, it will make a good spray to protect your skin against psoriasis, eczema, and acne. Lavender helps relieve irritated and dry skin.
  • One of the many unpopular uses of lavender is to help treat wounds, as it has antiseptic properties. Its leaves can be crushed and applied to wounds to help facilitate healing and avoid further infections.
  • Struggling with a solution to hair loss? Look for lavender based shampoos. Lavender tea mixed and applied to your hair can be a more natural and effective alternative. It works by keeping the hair follicles healthy.
  • Secondary to its relaxing effects, lavender may help reduce blood pressure, thereby decreasing the risk of stroke and heart attack. This benefit can be attributed to the antioxidant that lavender contains.
  • In some cultures, lavender leaves are chewed or brewed as a tea to alleviate stomach discomforts like bloating and cramps. This effect is a result of polyphenols found in lavender. This same substance can also prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.

Lavender does have many uses. The most important uses are: its positive effects on people’s mood; prevention of skin irritations; infections and inflammation; and helping to ease bloating in the stomach. What makes lavender great to use is that lavender-based products are readily available everywhere. They can be acquired and prepared easily. See? Lavender is not just another wonderfully smelling plant.  It’s a plant of many medicinal wonders.

*This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product, or included information, is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease