5 uses of Lavender essential oil – the best oil for aromatherapy


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Native to northern Africa, Lavender is a herb popularly grown for its essential oil, this comes from the distillation of the plant’s flower spices. Deriving its very name from a Latin root word “Lavare” which means “to wash”. Lavender is a plant that has historical uses that date back as far as ancient Egypt, the oil is used in the mummification process. It also became a common bath additive in various regions such as Persia, Rome, and ancient Greece. It has various cosmetic and medicinal uses. This essential oil has been used to treat different ailments, such as anxiety, insomnia, hair loss, acne, nausea, skin irritations, and several others. It has over 40 species with over 400 varieties, each having its own features and uses.

There has not been evidence to show that lavender treats ailments such as depression, high blood pressure, menstrual pain, among others. It is also not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The essential oil should not be ingested as can be toxic to the human body if swallowed.

Lavender essential oil is used for various things. This article lists 5 common uses of Lavender oil

Uses:

Anxiety:

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Although there are various clinical trials being carried out to test the effects of lavender on people with anxiety: There have been studies that show lavender oil has some anti-anxiety benefits. A study conducted on 200 people in 2005 showed that breathing in the scent of lavender significantly improved their moods and reduced anxiety. Lavender essential oil is commonly used in aromatherapy and there have been studies that show it helps reduce anxiety.

Fungal Infections

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According to a study, lavender oil is very effective in fighting antifungal-resistant infections. It is effective in destroying the membranes of fungal cells, the researchers also found that it is highly lethal to certain strains of fungi that can cause skin disease. It also contains antioxidants which play a role in protecting and nourishing the skin.

Hair conditions

This oil has been used in treating several hair conditions, especially hair loss. A study was conducted where lavender oil was applied to the back of mice, and the result showed a significant increase in hair growth for a period of 4 weeks. The combination of lavender oil with other oils such as ones from cedarwood, thyme, and rosemary can prove effective in improving hair growth.

Wound healing

Various studies have shown that lavender oil is very effective in treating wounds. The study compared different solutions for treating wounds such as saline solution, lavender oil, and povidone-iodine. It shows that lavender oil works faster in closing up wounds quickly way more than other solutions, thereby suggesting that this oil has some acceleratory wound-healing effect.

Ease a headache

Lavender oil has proved further effective in helping ease headaches. In a study conducted on 47 patients suffering from migraines, a 15-minute session of lavender smelling shows a significant reduction in the severity of the migraine attacks. The effects were seen to be immediate and lasting.

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