Always seek medical advice from your medical practitioner before using herbal supplements or oils for therapeutic purposes. Lavender is not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as medicine.
Lavender is most commonly used for its sweet and calming fragrance, used in beauty and aromatherapy products. But the ancient medicinal plant can be put on the list of what we call these days a 'superfood'.
The herb Lavender is said to be native to the regions of Eastern Europe, India, Northern Africa, and the Mediterranean.
There are about 450 specific species and over 40 varieties of lavender. Of these varieties, some are used medicinally, culinary, or topically.
For most herbalists, holistic health, and alternative medicine practitioners, lavender is a must-have... top ten herb used in homeopathic remedies.
But in recent years, traditional medical practices find the effectiveness of lavender when used for major medical conditions. There has been a growing number of evidence-based research showing that lavender oil has antiseptic, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to heal wounds. These studies show the lavender plants' properties have potent antifungal activity having the ability to destroy the membranes of fungal cells, the oil shows to be lethal to a range of strains that can cause disease in the skin.
There is also significant research connecting lavender with stress and anxiety. Clinical trials support the use of Silexan a lavender-oil preparation available in 80-milligram (mg) gelatine capsule, used for patients with specific anxiety disorders. Another supplement, Seremind contains Silexan, used for milder cases of anxiety disorders or nervous tension.
Lavender has been tested and shown to aid in calming the anxiety of patients after surgery and before and during dental procedures.
Here are more evidence-based benefits of Lavenders' properties:
Lavender is an antiseptic,
Relieves gas, muscle pain and can be used as a sedative,
Reduces anxiety, stress, insomnia, depression, dementia,
Offers antibacterial and antifungal effects,
High source of vitamins A and E,
Source of minerals- calcium, iron,
Soothes Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS),
Reduces symptoms of depression,
Promotes relaxation and sleep,
Creates a positive mood,
Support for respiratory problems, such as flu, couching, asthma, and bronchitis,
Helps reduce acne,
Relieves tension neck and back and headaches,
Promote hair growth, possibly effective for treating alopecia areata,
Ways to use lavender:
Lavender essential oil air-freshener - a few drops in 4 to 6 oz of water
Pillowcase - add a few drops
Use a few drops of the essential oil in an air diffuser
Use a roller bottle or spray bottle, add 3 to 4 drops to a carrier oil (ie. grapeseed oil, olive oil, jojoba oil) as a personal fragrance
Add 3 or 4 drops to your body oil, creams, and lotions
Put on your pulse points, using a roll-on dilute the oils with a carrier oil
Lavender oil capsules Seremind or Silexan
Use lavender flowers in cooking or as a garnish ***Take caution to be sure to use the culinary lavender plant if consumed. The lavender essential oil is toxic when swallowed.****
Bath in it...
Add a few drops of the oil to your bath
Add ½ cup of the lavender flower to your bath
Mix lavender oil or flower with Epsom salt bath
Incorporate lavender into your daily routine to enhance your overall health reduce symptoms of stress or just enjoy the beautiful fragrance.
When using lavender as a therapeutic oil or herbal supplement, be sure to check for purity, safety, or quality. Only purchase herbal products and oils from reputable companies. doTERRA Essential Oils is such a company. Watch the video below for more information about the purity of doTERRA.
Peir Hossein Koulivand, Maryam Khaleghi Ghadiri, and Ali Gorji. 2013 March. 14. "Lavender and the Nervous System." National Library of Medicine. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612440/#sec6title
Hollenbeck, Scott MD. 2020. January.31. "Effects of Lavender Oil on Postoperative Pain Sleep Quality and Mood." Clinicaltrails.com.
Appleton, Jeremy ND. 2014. February.19."Lavender Oil for Anxiety and Depression." Natural Medicine Journal.com.