Lavender, beyond being an aromatic herb with flowers that soften hillsides in shades of blue, violet and its own namesake color, has many benefits that make it a key ingredient in floral blends, essential oils and more.
As one of the oldest herbs used around the world, lavender has a long history of antibacterial, antihistamine, antifungal and other various uses. The Greeks and Romans considered it a special or favorite ingredient in their herbal baths in addition to using the plant to treat burns, wounds and insect bites. White Flower Oil was a cure-all medicine in China that included lavender as a critical ingredient. The Egyptians used it in perfumes and incense. Many cultures still use lavender for these purposes today. (Davis)
With such widespread application, scholarly research has studied lavender for many potential benefits. Research shows lavender may, as a solitary or complementary treatment:
Help with anxiety through aromatherapy inhalation, lavender oil ingestion, or dermal application. (Donelli, et. al.)
Positively impact acne. (Abdulhussein)
Support other therapies for post-cesarean treatment. (Hadi)
Improve mood. (Lehrner)
Remedy hair loss, increase sex drive, and prevent dementia. (Prusinowska)
Reduce pain, hot flashes, and headaches. (Koulivand)
As research grows, we continue to better understand the many positive effects of using lavender. However, lavender may have some negative side effects depending on the person using it. Consult a doctor before use and if any negative symptoms appear.
In conclusion, using lavender is an easy way to reap many benefits. Whether it is through including dried flowers in your botanical bath blends, using its essential oils for aromatherapy, or tossing the herb as a flavoring in your next culinary adventure, there are many ways to include lavender in your life. Start today!
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