Lavender - benefits, uses and tips

Who would have thought that a medicine could smell so beautiful? Lavandula oils have been used since ancient times in the manufacture of perfumes, soaps and then shampoos, it is also used to relieve anxiety and insomnia. There is even scientific evidence that one of the components of these oils (perilyl alcohol) may play an important role in treating cancer. We have our share of handmade lavender soaps and bath bombs in our store: lavender gift set - with lavender soap, lavender bath bomb and lavender salts, lavender and lemongrass bath bomb, and white British rose and lavender soap in a beautiful gift set.

Lavender, a perennial shrub-like plant with light blue or purple flowers on top, has been known since ancient times for its healing properties. Put in a bag, under the pillow, the dried flowers will help with a peaceful sleep. The lavender scent is due to the molecules of linalyl esters, oils that stimulate the olfactory centers in the brain and calm the central nervous system. Inspiration of lavender perfume can cause a sleep as peaceful as the strongest sleeping pills (but they are addictive).

Lavandula is also the plant you need when you are tense or anxious. The researchers found that lavender favors the type of brain waves associated with relaxation. Add a little lavender oil in a sprayer to spread the scent in the room. If you do not have a sprayer, add a few drops of oil in a bowl of boiling water and inhale the steam, you can also add lavender oil or a handful of dried flowers to the tub before bathing.

It is no coincidence that massage oils contain lavender. Lavender essential oil is easily absorbed through the skin, and its sedative effect on the central nervous system will help you relax. Unlike other types of essences, lavender oil can be applied directly to the skin, but must be applied carefully because it irritates sensitive skin. You can also mix lavender oil with another carrier oil such as olive oil.

Other uses of lavender:

  • headache relief. Apply a little oil on the temples and massage gently until you feel the pain decrease in intensity.

  • calming abdominal pain. German doctors often recommend lavender tea to improve digestion. The oils relax the smooth muscles of the digestive tract, soothing the gastric and intestinal cramps that appear after meals. Lavender is also good for fighting bloating. To prepare an infusion, put a teaspoon full of lavender flowers in a cup of boiling water, let stand 10 minutes and then strain.

  • healing infections. The tannins contained in lavender kill bacteria and prevent infection of wounds and scratches. To do this, soak a piece of clean cloth in lavender infusion and apply compression over the wound.

  • relieving ear pain. The same components in lavender that help cure skin infections also act on the itching and irritation that occurs in a condition called swimmer's ear ( an infection in the outer ear canal, which runs from your eardrum to the outside of your head. It's often brought on by water that remains in your ear after swimming, creating a moist environment that aids bacterial growth.)

  • analgesic. Lavender oil seems to reduce the transmission of nerve impulses that carry painful signals. Mix with a few drops of regular oil and rub the painful place. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, lavender can also be used to relieve itching. It is an excellent treatment for healing insect bites and stings.

  • other uses: anxiety, headache, flatulence, insomnia, dandruff, body odor, feet odor, head lice, oily skin, athlete's foot.

How will the lavender be able to fight cancer in the future?

Oncologists have noticed that a class of chemical compounds in lavender, called monoterpenes, block the development of cancer cells and can prevent their proliferation, recent laboratory research suggests that monoterpenes such as perilyl alcohol may block the development of soft cancerous tissues such as those in the liver, breasts and prostate. These compounds have been shown to slow the development of colon and liver tumors.

It is too early to say that lavender has beneficial effects in treating cancer. But the first results are so promising that essential oils are being tested clinically to determine their possible cancer effects.

*This article has no intention in advising to treat or cure any illness nor has any intention to persuade readers into taking any action following the facts in the article.

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