Did you know that lavender has powerful properties beyond its sweet and smoothing scent? You probably already understood, at least anecdotally, that this flowering plant in the mint family has a calming effect and that cultures from around the world have used the plant as a wellness aid. It continues to be one of the go-to essential oils for all sorts of ailments.
In the last decade, there has been more and more research on the benefits of lavender. Here’s what some scientists had to say.
1. It could slow your roll.
Tiffany Field, a researcher at the University of Miami School of Medicine has studied lavender and its effects on relaxation. She found it “to slow down heart rate, slow blood pressure, and put you in a parasympathetic state, which is a relaxed state.”
2. It may help you sleep.
If lavender puts you in a deep state of relaxation, then it follows that it can help you catch some ZZZs more easily. Vahid Mohsenin, Director of the Yale Center for Sleep Medicine in Connecticut says that “human studies provide evidence to the idea that lavender facilitates restful sleep.” In one study, 31 men and women had their sleep cycles monitored with brain scans. Those who inhaled lavender had increased levels of slow-wave sleep. The group reported feeling more energy the next morning.
3. It could combat the fungus among us.
A preliminary study looking to show how lavender essential oil can be an anti-fungal and antibacterial agent has shown promise. Professor Lígia Salgueiro from the University of Coimbra in Portugal said that lavender “shows wide-spectrum anti-fungal activity and is highly potent.”
4. It might protect your brain.
Dr Sandra El Hajj, a specialist in preventative health, says that “Lavender is deemed to be on of the best treatments for neurological disorders due to its content of linalool, linalyl acetate, 1,8-cineole B-ocimene, terpinen-4-ol and camphor." Though further studies need to be completed, growing evidence supports lavender oil as a helpful treatment for neurological disorders including autism, ADD, and epilepsy to name a few.
5. It could make you do a happy dance when washing your dishes.
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Yours in lavender and other good stuff,
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