Lavender Essential Oil and Its Health Benefits

Lavender Essential Oil and Its Health Benefits

Lavare is the Latin name of Lavender which means to wash, due to its characteristic odor and its use since ancient times for washing.

The health benefits of essential lavender oil include its ability to calm the nervous system, relief pain, scalp and skin disinfection, increases blood circulation, and  treats respiratory problems.

The essential oil of lavender is extracted from the lavender flower through distillation. The lavender flowers have been used since ancient times as spices because of their aroma.

Its essential oil is used to make perfumes, for aromatherapy, lotions, gels, infusions, lotions and soaps.

Health Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil:

Insect Repellent

Lavender scent for many insects,  is very strong and disturbing scent for many of them, especially for mosquitoes.  

Apply a bit of essential oil on the skin then leave the scent to spread out in order to keep the mosquitoes.

When you are bitten by mosquitoes. Apply some essential oil to the area and it will lower reduce the itching and irritation of the skin.

Sleeping:

Essential lavender oil stimulates sleep and in alternative medicine is used to treat insomnia.

Many recent studies showed  that essential lavender oil regulates  sleeping patterns when sleep medications are replaced with a few drops of essential oil dropped on the pillow.

The Nervous System:

Lavender Essential Oils have a aroma that soothes and relaxes the  mind, making lavender an excellent tonic that calms the nerves and reduces anxiety.

Lavender also helps treats migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress.

The refreshing aroma removes fatigue, nervous disturbance, and in the meantime, boosts mental activity.

A study conducted, found  that people who inhaled essential oils of lavender and rosemary before entering an exam had a significant  reduction of mental stress and anxiety, and also an increase of cognitive functions.

Face Skin Care:

Lavender Essential Oils (found at  the “Secrets of Nature” also as a Creams) has anti-bacterial, anti-mycotypic, anti-inflammatory properties and increase blood circulation of the face.

These properties make lavender oil effective in treating acne, infections, eczema, psoriasis, acne  scars, wound healing and scars, light skin burns, and so on.

Pain Relief:

Essential Lavender Oil is known as an excellent treatment for pain caused by pulled muscles, rheumatism, ligament damage, back and waist pain.

Regular massages with essential oils also helps relieve limb pain.

A study  conducted on post-operative pain, showed  that the patients who inhaled a combination of lavender essential oils with oxygen had a significant  decrease in pain levels compared to those who received only oxygen after surgery.

Kidneys:

Lavender essential oils are also good for treating urinary disorders because it stimulates urine production

Moreover, it helps balance  hormones and reduces urinary bladder inflammation, also called cystitis.

Relieves pain symptoms caused from these disorders.

Respiratory disorders:

Lavender  oil is widely used to treat many health problems such as throat infections , cough,  the cold, asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, dry cough, laryngitis and tonsillitis.

It can be used to inhale its vapors or by applying it directly on the skin of the neck, chest and shoulders.

Essential lavender oil helps remove  secretions produced by the respiratory tract and through its antibacterial properties it fights infections of the respiratory tract.

Hair:

Lavender  essential oil removes  lice.

It also can be  used to treat hair loss, especially those who suffer from alopecia, an autoimmune disease where the body prevents the formation of hair follicles.

A study done in Scotland reported that more than 40% of patients  who suffered from alopecia, but regularly used essential lavender oil saw an increase of hair.

In many cases, lavender oil is recommended to prevent typical hair loss of men.

Cancer:

Some studies conducted on rats, showed  that essential lavender oil in combination with other essential oils could prevent breast cancer.

Though human trails have yet to be done, its anti-cancerous properties are visible.

Blood circulation:

Lavender essential oil improves blood circulation and  lowers blood pressure. This is because it calms and relaxes the nervous system when it is inhaled.

In diabetic patients, the smell of  lavender essential oil, reduces the risks  of low blood circulation which can lead to lethal vcomplications.

Digestion:

Lavender is widely used for digestion because it increases food mobility in the intestines.

This essential oil also stimulates the production of gastric fluids and bile  thus helps treat digestion problems, gastric pain, colic, flatulence (gassess), vomiting, and diarrhea.

Immunity:

Regular use of essential lavender oil or using lavender flowers in teas increases  the resistance against many illnesses.

With its antibacterial and antiviral properties, lavender  is very effective against some rare diseases such as Tuberculosis, Typhoid,  and Diphtheria, based on some 20th century studies.

Caution!

Like many other essential oils, essential lavender oil should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It must not be used by people who are allergic to lavenders.

Some people may experience nausea, vomiting or headache.

May cause allergy to people with sensitive skin.

Despite many health benefits, the use of lavender essential oil is only for external use or through inhalation.

It should not be be consumed orally  as it may cause serious health complications with breathing, eye burns, vomiting, diarrhea  and so on.

Regardless of the health benefits,DO NOT  use lavender essential oil in meals or foods.

Prepared by: Pharmacist Msc.Eriona Xhaferaj

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