Benefits of Lavender: Aromatherapy and Other Uses
Lavender distillation is used to produce lavender oil, one of the most popular essential oils in aromatherapy. Its range of medical usage can vary from treating alopecia areata, or hair loss, to reducing preoperative anxiety. What is more, dried lavender can be an ingredient which can be used in calming lavender lemonade!
Lavender contributes to wound healing
A study in which four different treatments were used to stimulate wound healing showed that lavender oil can help wounds heal faster. The treatment took first place in the treatment race, which it shared with TENS. Povidone-iodine and saline solution proved to be less effective than lavender oil, which suggests that it is capable of accelerating the processes of wound healing.
Lavender VS Fungal infections
Some infections are resistant to corresponding antifungal therapies, and such strains can lead to various skin diseases. A research carried out by a team from the University of Coimbra (Portugal) revealed that lavender is a potent agent which can kill these drug-resistant fungi by disrupting biological processes in their cell membranes. It appears that a wide range of fungi can be eliminated with the help of lavender.
Lavender can help reverse alopecia
If your hair flees your scalp for some reason, you might want to try using lavender to restore the original state of your hair. According to a 2013 research, seven months of treating your scalp with lavender can help stimulate hair growth by the whopping 44%!
Overcoming anxiety with lavender
Here is when aromatherapy comes in handy! Lavender essential oil can be added to water while taking a bath, used in a burner or utilized for massage (don’t forget to mix it with a carrier oil). Lavender-based drugs, such as Silexan, are reported to help people with different kinds of anxiety (including generalized and subsyndromal), if taken at least for two weeks, whereas the scent of lavender proves to make dental patients less anxious during the waiting time before appointment. It is worthy of note that the scent does not help reduce the level of anxiety beforehand, while you are still at home, but being exposed to it in the waiting room can help overcome anxiety due to its calming effect.
There are other ways in which lavender can be beneficial, including pain management after tonsillectomy, premenstrual emotional syndrome, and insomnia. However, it is not recommended to use the herb or oil in case of migraines, high blood pressure, nausea, colic, dementia, constipation and some other conditions and disorders for which lavender is believed to be used as a treatment – there is no scientific evidence supporting its effectiveness concerning these issues.
Lavender lemonade for reducing anxiety
At the end of the day, lavender can be used not only in the form of an essential oil, but also in the form of a dried herb, and it has its uses too.
NOTE: Never consume lavender essential oil, as it is toxic to a human body! Use only special dried lavender (it can also be called organic culinary lavender), if you want to cook using this herb.
Dried lavender can help you make lemonade which is capable of helping relieve headache and eliminate anxiety. Besides, it has a beautiful lilac color!
You will need on cup of raw honey, five cups of fresh water, one fourth cup of organic dried lavender, juice of six lemons, and some decorations to make the drink even more appealing – for example, you can cover the lemonade surface with lavender sprigs.
Here is how to make it: boil three cups of water, add lavender and honey and let them enrich the water with flavors for twenty minutes. Strain the drink to eliminate lavender particles, add remaining water and lemon juice. Stir the lemonade and let the refrigerator bring it to a refreshing cool state. Here you go – this lemonade is both tasty and beautiful.
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