I would like to talk about a flower which is also a herb that has a wonderful aroma, adds a touch of beauty and class to any garden and has so many medicinal health benefits. This natural herbal remedy is “Lavender” and sometimes referred to as the Magical Oil.
Lavender is a small shrub, a perennial herb, with lignified roots, and ramified stems. It can be recognized because of its small, mauve flowers and because of the silver floss that appears on the leaves. Lavender has long been a favorite plant and easy to grow; can easily adapt itself to drought conditions or to wet climates. If the plant is kept indoors, it is advised for it to be put in a brightly lit place, as sun light helps increase growth percentages of ethereal oil in the herb. Lavender is harvested at the time when half of the flowers are open. It is best that this procedure be carried out on summer mornings, the period in which lavender flowers contain an optimum amount of active substances.
Lavender can be found in household products like room fresheners. Dried lavender is used to repel moths in clothes closets. It is used in essential oils and for its lovely scent in sachets. Lavender is known as one of the safest of all distilled essential oils and it is also one of the most popular! The medicinal knowledge of the benefits of this plant has been passed down for generations and we are still learning more today about the beneficial properties contained in this plant.
The Medicinal Properties of Lavender:
1. Skin Conditions: Lavender is used to heal insect bites and burns as well as repel insects. It is used to reduce wrinkles, and treat psoriasis, and other inflammations. It heals wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns rapidly as it aids in the formation of scar tissues. Lavender oil is added to chamomile to treat eczema. Lavender oil is also said to cure acne. The essential oil has antiseptic properties; it was used in hospitals in the 1st world war to disinfect wards.
2. Nervous System: It’s a natural nerve relaxant and lavender essential oil has a calming scent. Study after study has documented its benefits in a wide range of related applications. Lavender has been used to calm aggressive geriatric patients with dementia. A study of 15 severe dementia patients compared lavender oil aromatherapy with placebo. The majority of patients (60%) showed mild easing of their agitation, 33% showed no change, and 1 patient (7%) was aggravated by lavender. If you are having anxiety, emotional stress –try some lavender aromatherapy the refreshing aroma removes nervous exhaustion and restlessness and increases mental activity. It certainly would be much better choice than the antidepressant drug your doctor would prescribe.
3.Treatment MRSA and other Drug-resistant Infections: Lavender oil has been found 100% effective in lab testing to treat some infections, including MRSA. Lavender can counteract drug resistant staph infections (MRSA). MRSA, which has been become a common ailment, and is usually contracted in a hospital. It also has a lot to do with overuse and misuse of antibiotics that is so prevalent in conventional medicine. A large number of studies have demonstrated lavender oil’s ability to treat both staph infections and MRSA. This means that a natural remedy could be used to treat staph infections that drugs can’t touch.
4. Treatment for Fungal Infections: Fungal infections can be among the very difficult to treat. For an individual that already has immune system that is highly compromised from disease a fungal infection can be fatal. When an imbalance of the fungus Candida albicans happens in the gut, which commonly happens when too many antibiotics are given, yeast infections are prevalent; both yeast infections in women and thrush. Vaginal yeast infections treated with a douche made with a tea of lavender blossom or if you are taking antibiotics you can drink tea made from lavender flowers to warn off the possibly of a yeast infections. Nail fungal infections and athlete’s foot can readily be treated by applying lavender to the infected area.
5. Pain Relief: Lavender is known for its relaxation abilities. Lavender has been known to relief headaches and migraines; usually by rubbing it on the temples. In a Japanese study, researchers found that a chemical called linalyl (found in Lavender) relaxes muscles. Many massage therapist use Lavender oil when treating a patient due to its relaxing qualities; to relieve muscle spasms, relieves pain in joints, and it soothing aroma.
6. Insomnia: Lavender has long been noted as a relaxant and aid for mild insomnia. Its use for this purpose is generally through aromatherapy application. Inhalation of lavender oil scent has been used successively in geriatric patients to replace sleeping pills. Patients slept just as long and their sleep was of a better quality. Their daytime wakefulness and alertness were significantly improved, and no adverse effects were reported.
7. Respiratory Problems: Lavender has been used to calm coughs and ease breathing in colds and influenza. It’s used in inhalers or forms of vapor, or dotted on the neck, back, or chest. It has been known to aid in asthma, bronchitis, sinus congestion, laryngitis, tonsillitis, whooping cough, and other respiratory system problems.
8. Immune System Enhancer: Lavender benefits and strengthens the immune system which prevents illness and helps make you stronger. Used as a tea or a dilute solution in a lotion or oil for routine topical application
9. Improves Heart and Blood Circulations: Lavender as in aromatherapy has been documented to improve heart health. It reduces inflammation, which is associated with heart disease, by inhibiting cortisol. Lavender essential oil is also good for improving blood circulation in the body. It also lowers blood pressure and is used for hypertension. These benefits were found by using 4 drops of essential aromatherapy lavender oil in 20 milliliters of hot water, and then inhaling for 30 minutes.
10. Hair Loss & Care: Lavender essential oil is useful for the hair care as it can be very effective on lice and lice eggs or nits. A condition called alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition in which hair follicles are attacked as if they were a foreign invader. Lavender can be used just rub it in on bald spots. Be patient, as it can take several weeks to show benefits. Conventional medicine treatment of choice is steroids which have many dangerous side effects.
11. Digestion Improvement: Lavender oil is useful for digestion as it improves the mobility of the intestine and nutrient absorption. The oil also stimulates the production of gastric juices including bile which aids in treating indigestion, stomach pain, colic, flatulence, vomiting, and diarrhea. According to one study lavender stops the growth of pathogens, but doesn’t harm beneficial bacteria. For digestive aid, lavender oil can be taken as a tea. To help improve you digestive check this out!
12. Urine Flow: Lavender essential oil is good for urinary disorders because it stimulates urine production. It helps in restoring hormonal balance, reduces cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder) and reduces cramping.
Try Lavender today and see how it can change your life!
Marla Gates is the owner of organic4greenlivings.com. Marla worked for over 10 years in healthcare, which helped her understand the dramatic need for changes in our society and how we view what healthy actually is. Her mission is education and awareness, so that people can make healthier choices and ensure a safe world for all of us to live in, now and for future generations. Since she has suffered from Environment Illness or Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), for 20 years or more it has given her the first-hand knowledge on what chemicals and pollution can do to your health. She knows how important it is to clean up our environment. So come join her and read her blog. With her research on various topics, she will give the best information possible. She believes that we can clean up our environment, but it will take time. Rome was not built-in a day nor can we make our world safe in one day! Each one of us needs to do our part to make it safe for ourselves, our children, grandchildren and all future generations. We can only do it one day at a time and one step at a time! Please join her in “Saving Our Planet Earth” “Go Green” & “Organic” to Live A Healthier Life!