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