Lavender: The Health Benefits – Fight Anxiety & More

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Lavender has long been used for it’s calming and relaxing effects. It has a pleasant fragrance frequently used in oils and perfumes.

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Lavender is native to a wide range in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The plant can vary in from 9″ to a few feet in height.

Lavender According to the NIH

According to an article in the National Institute of Health:

Lavender is traditionally alleged to have a variety of therapeutic and curative properties, ranging from inducing relaxation to treating parasitic infections, burns, insect bites, and spasm. There is growing evidence suggesting that lavender oil may be an effective medicament in treatment of several neurological disorders. Several animal and human investigations suggest anxiolytic, mood stabilizer, sedative, analgesic, and anticonvulsive and neuroprotective properties for lavender. These studies raised the possibility of revival of lavender therapeutic efficacy in neurological disorders. In this paper, a survey on current experimental and clinical state of knowledge about the effect of lavender on the nervous system is given.

While good research on the efficacy of lavender is minimal, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence of its beneficial properties. Its soothing aroma is known to reduce anxiety.

 
Health Benefits of Lavender
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Aromatic Lavender Soothes Anxiety

The most common mental illness in America is anxiety. It affects almost 7 million adults in the US alone.

Studies have shown that ingesting lavender oil can be an effective treatment for anxiety as well as insomnia and nervousness. But one doesn’t have to ingest it in order to achieve the benefits.

Simply smelling the fragrance of this plant can be enough to help soothe nerves and calm an individual down. You can find it in soaps, creams, & lotions.

While women are twice as likely to experience anxiety as men, it makes sense that women are also the more significant consumer of lavender-based products.

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Because lavender can encourage relaxation, it’s important to monitor yourself if you’re also using drugs that can make you drowsy. Allergy medications such as Benadryl are known for causing drowsiness, so if you’re using these, ensure that you’ve adequately tested how your body responds before driving or operating heavy machinery.

Do you have any special uses for lavender? Let us know in the comments.

 

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