Lavender

fotolia_113909931Most of us know that this little purple plant is good for one thing or another, but what are those amazing health benefits of lavender that people always rave about? Here you go.

Ancient texts tell us that lavender essential oil has been used for medicinal and religious purposes for over 2,500 years. The Egyptians used it for mummification and as a perfume. The Romans used it for bathing, cooking and for scenting the air. What are we using lavender for today?

Breathing in the smell of lavender has been rumored to have a calming effect; turns out, it’s true. Research shows the scent lowers heart rate and blood pressure, putting you in a relaxed state. The antioxidant components of lavender can impact the endocrine system of the body to lower the levels of stress hormones in the body. By inhalation, called aromatherapy, lavender is used to treat a variety of ailments including insomnia, depression and pain! To set yourself up for zzz’s, put a handful of dried lavender in a vase on your nightstand—or use a diffuser with lavender oil.

Did you know…There are millions of people around the world who struggle with both tension headaches and migraine heartaches who are searching for a natural alternative to drugs. According to new medical research, lavender oil may be just the natural cure they are looking for. According to a study published in the European Journal of Neurology people struggling with migraine headaches saw a significant reduction in pain when they inhaled lavender oil for 15 minutes.

Although many people turn to lavender to relaxation and aroma therapeutic applications, its effect on infection is impressive, to say the least. Many people apply crushed lavender leaves on wounds and injuries to promote not only quick healing of the wounds, but also to prevent the development of infection at those sites. This has been a popular use for lavender for years!

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