Lavender Health Benefits, Improves Memory, Strengthens Immune System

Lavender is well known for its beautiful color and pleasing aromatic smell. It is also used as a spice in cooking and on prepared foods.

It is a herb native to northern Africa and the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean. In addition, it is grown for its oil, which comes from the distillation of its flower spikes. But, did you also know that lavender has medicinal properties and can improve your health, memory, and reduce pain.

Let’s take a look at some of its health benefits.

 

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Lavender: Pain Relief

Its essential oil was found to relieve soreness and inflammation. Another study showed that inhaling lavender essence, reduced pain.

 

Lavender: Fights Indigestion

The plant’s essential oil can help fight inflammation of the colon by fighting off bad bacteria and protecting the infection-fighting strains. Sprinkle dried culinary lavender on your food, much the same way you would with salt or any other spice.

 

Lavender: Memory Enhancer

Improve your memory. A recent study found that nursing students who took a sniff of lavender right before a test scored much higher than their peers. Those test takers retained more information, concentrated better, and were less anxious. The study also suggested that aromatherapy is a cost-effective remedy.

 

Fights Bacteria:

It fights bacteria. It’s an ideal ingredient for a hand sanitizer: Try this recipe combination.

  • Fill a 1- or 2-ounce bottle up to 1/3 full with vodka.
  • Add 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil, and the same amount of tea tree or peppermint oil.
  • Fill the rest of the bottle with aloe vera gel.

Shake and use as a backup to washing with soap and water.

 

Prevents Falls:

Nursing home residents in Japan who wore lavender patches every day for a year fell less often than those who went scent-free. It could be that lavender helped soothe agitation and improved balance. Seniors are prone to often fall, resulting in serious injuries.

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