What Is Lavender?
Lavender is common around southern Europe, Australia, and the US. It is a strongly aromatic shrub that grows to about 60cm, with pinkish purple flowers, evergreen leaves and leafless stems.
Medicinally the violet flowers are used to extract the fragrant scent and is used in essential oil, but it’s also used as a tea and in herbal extract supplements.
The oil can be used as a relaxant with massage therapy. It can be used on your pillow, in a bath, or made into soap.
Lavender can be a remedy for ailments such as insomnia, anxiety, stress, depression and fatigue. Research has found that lavender has a calming, soothing, and sedative effect when inhaled.
A small number of studies have reported that when Lavender is used in essential oil, it can be beneficial for alopecia (hair loss) and postoperative pain.
There are further studies taking place on Lavender for it’s antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Traditionally, pillows were filled with lavender flowers to help restless people fall sleep.
Insomnia or Agitation
Scientific evidence suggests that using lavender in aromatherapy may slow activity of the nervous system, improve sleep quality, promote relaxation, and lift mood in people suffering from sleep disorders.
Research suggests that people with alopecia who massaged their scalps with lavender and other essential oils daily for 7 months experienced significant hair regrowth.
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Written by Tanya Lim
Medicinal Herbalist & Nutritionist at Evelyn Faye Nutrition
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