Lavender in a Nutshell
Having been used for medicinal and religious purposes for over 2,500 years now, it’s no surprise lavender essential oil has earned its rightful spot in the hearts of health-conscious individuals and essential oil aficionados.
Some researchers point out that lavender was once called spikenard (or nard).
It was derived from the Greek word naardus.
It was named after a city in Syria known as Naarda.
Lavender’s popularity is no mere coincidence.
To help put lavender’s power and prominence into perspective, consider the following:
- The Romans used it as cooking ingredient while the Egyptians used it for mummification.
- It was believed that lavender was the oil Mary Magdalene poured on Jesus’ feet when she anointed him.
Lavender’s Exceptional Health Benefits
To say lavender has come a long way since then is an understatement.
Today, lavender has been known to benefit the body in numerous ways:
- It helps reduce emotional stress and anxiety
- It helps promote sound sleep
- It helps heal hasten the healing of wounds and burns
- It helps reduce acne and promote a beautiful complexion
- It helps slow the aging process
- It helps ease headaches
- It helps improve psoriasis and eczema
Exactly how far reaching are its health properties?
Many scientists believe that in terms of the health benefits lavender offers, they’ve barely scratched the surface.
However, to help you fully appreciate the amazing and peerless health benefits of lavender oil, we’ve compiled some of its most significant health benefits:
It Shows Treatment Potential for Diabetes
Without doubt, one of the most exciting research on the health benefits of lavender was conducted in 2014.
That year, scientists from Tunisia completed the task of testing the effects of lavender essential oil on blood sugar.
During the 15-day study, researchers made some amazing discoveries.
They learned that lavender oil treatment helped protect the body from some of the most common symptoms of diabetes, including:
- Blood glucose increase
- Weight gain
- Metabolic disorders
- Depletion of antioxidants in the kidney and liver
- Kidney and liver dysfunction
- Lipoperoxidation of the liver and kidney
While lavender has not been officially used as treatment for diabetes, its potential is unbelievably promising.
It Provides Antioxidant Protection
Undoubtedly, one of the most known risk factors for disease are free radicals (pollutants, chemicals, toxins, etc.) that invade the body.
And because free radicals can shut down the body’s immune system, it can cause inconceivable damage to the body.
So, how do you combat this health menace?
With the use of antioxidants!
Typically, to keep free radicals from doing any damage, the body creates its own antioxidant enzymes in the form of catalase, superoxide dismutase, and glutathione.
Unfortunately, because of high exposure to free radicals and poor diet, the antioxidants produced by the body can still become deficient.
Thankfully, you can help fill the antioxidant deficiency using lavender oil.
A recent study conducted in China pointed out that lavender essential oil can help the body produce 3 of its most powerful antioxidants—superoxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione.
And that transpired within just 22 hours of using lavender essential oil!
It Helps Treat Some Neurological Issues and Improve the Mood
Lavender has been used to treat some of the most common neurological concerns like stress, anxiety, depression, and migraines.
An evidence-based study published by the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice indicated that supplementing with 80 mg capsules of lavender essential oil can help alleviate depression, sleep disturbance, and anxiety.
In addition, it was discovered that unlike other drugs, using lavender oil to treat insomnia, depression, and anxiety has no known side effects.
And the amazing thing is its benefits doesn’t stop there!
Some research also indicates that lavender essential oil can also help reduce the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Phytomedicine journal also published a study which showed that inhaling lavender essential oil vapor even for just 60 minutes has helped prevent brain oxidative stress in rats suffering from dementia.
Lavender aromatherapy has also been known to help improve the mood of people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
It Helps Significantly Reduce Insomnia and Improve Sleep Quality
A study conducted on college students discovered that using lavender oil has helped enhance overall sleep quality by a whopping 60 percent!
Overall sleep quality included the time it took for one to fall asleep, the length of sleep, and restfulness.
The Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine published a study that showed lavender oil offered improvement for those people who are suffering from insomnia.
To improve one’s sleep quality, using an essential oil diffuser before or during sleep is considered helpful.
Rubbing essential lavender oil directly on the temples, neck, and chest has also been known to provide the same beneficial effects.
In addition, mixing chamomile oil, magnesium oil, and lavender oil is considered the ideal combination for those who want to significantly improve the quality of their sleep.
Your Lavender Essential Oil Stories
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