Lavender has been long celebrated for its lovely and relaxing scent. However, hidden under this unassuming and pleasant plant are a wide range of abilities that modern medicine can’t provide.
As one of nature’s great gifts, it’s no wonder lavender’s medicinal uses have stood the test of time! From increased circulation to curing insomnia, lavender’s benefits are indisputable.
Lavender for Depression, Stress and Anxiety
There’s a reason why lavender oil is commonly used in bath salts, candles, lotions and massage oils. Not only is the fragrance of this flower relaxing, it is scientifically proven to reduce anxiety and lower pulse rates. In fact, many hospitals have adopted lavender aromatherapy to decrease pre-surgery distress and foster a more relaxing, healing environment.
For medicinal properties, lavender oil has consistently proven to reduce depression. With supplementary anecdotal evidence proving that lavender oil reduces headaches and sinus congestion and provides relief from pain and hangovers.
Lavender for Heart Health and Blood Circulation
Lavender lowers elevated blood pressure levels and improve blood flow, making it a great option of hypertension.
Lavender increases your blood oxygenation level, with multiple studies proving a reduced risk of heart attacks and atherosclerosis that are often associated with poor circulation.
Lavender as a Digestive Aid
Lavender helps to stimulate your intestines mobility and the production of bile and gastric juices. This helps treat symptomatic stomach pains, indigestion and vomiting.
Lavender for Cognitive Function
Studies prove that when taking tests, incorporating lavender oil decreases mental stress, anxiety and cognitive function. Taken together, lavender is often used prior to an exam to maximize success!
Lavender for Insomnia
Lavender is ideal for those who have trouble falling or staying asleep. Often used as a treatment for insomnia, lavender oil removes nervous exhaustion and restlessness while improving sleep length and quality.
Multiple studies have proven that insomniac test subjects sleep better and are more alert during the day when their sleep medications are replaced with lavender oil – either ingested, dropped on their pillows or placed in a diffuser.
Lavender for Anti-Fungal, Antibacterial and Antimicrobial Uses
The regular use of lavender increases your body’s resistance to a variety of diseases. Lavender’s antibacterial and antiviral properties make it the perfect defender for your body against a wide range of viruses and diseases.
A large pool of studies have demonstrated lavender’s ability to treat both staph infections and MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus). In fact, lavender oil have has been found 100% effective in lab testing against certain infections, including MRSA.
Summertime Lavender Lemonade
Flavoring your lemonade with lavender supercharges its amazing medicinal properties. Not to mention, the gorgeous purple color!
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour (approx.)
What You Need
1 cup raw honey
12 cups pure water
1 drop lavender essential oil
6 lemons, peeled and juiced
Lavender sprigs for garnish
What to Do:
Throw all the ingredients into a large pitcher. Mix, chill and serve. Add more water or raw honey to taste.
Other ways natural lavender remedies to reduce stress, relax and improve skin:
Add 5-6 drops of lavender oil to your bath water to relieve dry skin.
Add 2 drops of lavender to your favourite unrefined organic oil. This makes a great relaxing body oil to help you sleep.
Diffuse lavender oil (10-12 drops) into the air at the office for a stress-free workday.
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