Lavender has been used for centuries for its many aromatic health benefits, and today it is the most used essential oil in the world. Ancient civilizations have used this herb in various ways. From Egyptians use in mummification to Romans scenting their bath waters, lavender has been at the forefront of herb and essential oil use. But why this plant? What benefits does it truly bring?
What is Lavender?
Lavender is a genius of 39 species in the mint family, mainly found in the eastern hemisphere. Although it is found natively in the eastern part of the world (Africa, Europe, and Asia) lavender can be grown in any temperate climate. The plant is mainly grown commercially for the production of lavender essential oil, with English lavender being the most sought after due to its sweet overtones.
Benefits of Lavender
When it comes to health benefits lavender is, lavender oil is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can be used in healing burns and bug bites. Some studies have even found that lavender can help with digestive issues such as vomiting, nausea, and abdominal swelling. Lavender can also be used to relieve pain from headaches, sprains, sores, and toothaches. Lavender can even repel insects.
Lavender's relaxing aroma is its most remarkable trait. Research has revealed the timeless notion that lavender is a great way to relieve stress, also proving that lavender may be a useful treatment for insomnia, depression, anxiety, and restlessness.
Studies have also found that lavender essential oil works extremely well in fighting fungal infections that are antifungal-resistant. It does this by destroying the skin pathogen's fungal cell membrane. As well as being a powerful antifungal, lavender can help wound closure progress more rapidly, one study found.
Lavender has also been used for ages in food as a profound herb. Filled with phytonutrients, a vital plant compound, lavender added to a dish can instantly make it more nutritious. Blended into sautéed or grilled meats, poultry, vegetables, and even baked into bread, lavender is also very useful in the kitchen. Do know that this applies to the dried herb! Lavender essential oil, although incredibly healthy should not be ingested.
Lavender can also help with hair care. Lavender oil’s effectiveness on lice, lice eggs, and nits has proven a viable solution for natural lice removal. Furthermore, lavender essential oil has also been shown to be very helpful in treatment for hair loss, especially for those who suffer from alopecia, an autoimmune disease where the body rejects its own hair follicles. Lavender oil is sometimes recommended as a preventative measure for male pattern baldness.
Lavender oil can be found easily at any health food/essential oil dealer. Remember, when buying any essential oil make sure it is organic and has not been grown using harmful chemicals. Lavender can also be found in many creams, balms, and salves. It is found in our very own Mg12 Body Balm for aches, pains, skin health, and general wellness. As you can see lavender has many incredible medical and therapeutic uses, and it’s not hard to believe why lavender has been used effectively for almost all of history.