The health benefits of lavender
While lavender and dried lavender is generally used for decoration, it’s fragrance, and even in cooking, it can also be used for medicinal purposes. It is believed that lavender oil can have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects, which help to speed up the healing process of burns and bites. Research also shows that it can be used for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. Here is more information on how lavender can be used in medical treatment.
A recent study published by the Journal of Medical Microbiology states that lavender oil can help in fighting antifungal-resistant infections. They found that the lavender oil was lethal some strains of infections that can cause skin disease. The study mentions that lavender oil is actually quite potent, and the essential oils of the plant destroy the membranes of the fungal cells, and.
Studies have also shown that lavender is effective in treating a hair loss disease known as alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is the condition in which hair is lost from areas of the body, large or small. In these studies lavender is shown to promote hair growth by up to 44% in just 7 months of treatment.
Medications such as Silexan have shown to help patients with many types of anxiety disorders. Silexan is a lavender-oil preparation available in gelatine capsules. In just a 2 week study the researchers found that Silexan had a positive effect on patients suffering from generalized or subsyndromal anxiety.
Other researchers have also found that the lavender scent has also been shown to help dental patients who suffer anxiety before an appointment. By splitting up a group of patients and expsing only one group to the scent of lavender, they were able to determine the positive effects on their anxiety.
As shown in this article, lavender can have some amazing health benefits, but keep in mind there are some things that lavender cannot help, such as:
- colic in infants
- nausea and vomiting
- otitis, or ear infection
- high blood pressure
- menstrual pain
- cancer-related pain