Lavender has long been a favorite plant for use in essential oils and for its lovely scent in sachets. Those are useful and pleasant effects, but hidden inside this unassuming and easy-to-grow plant are abilities that modern medicine can’t provide. Among other benefits, lavender can counteract drug resistant staph infections (MRSA) and fungal infections.
And that’s not the end of lavender’s health benefits. It’s one of nature’s great gifts, providing all of the following benefits:
- Treatment for Drug-resistant Infections
- Treatment for Fungal Infections
- Pain Relief
- Insomnia Treatment
- Nerve Tonic: Noted for easing migraines, nervous exhaustion, anxiety, and depression
- Respiratory Problems: asthma, bronchitis, sinus congestion, laryingitis, tonsilitis, and other respiratory system problems.
- Blood Circulation
- Improve Digestion: Can help with colic, vomiting, and flatulence.
- Immune System Enhancer
- Mosquito and Moth Repellence
- Easing Agitation in Dementia Patients
- Alopecia Areata (An autoimmune disease that causes hair to fall out in patches)
- Nail Fungus
- Athlete’s Foot
- Skin Conditions
The most common preparation from lavender is as an essential oil from the species Lavandula angustifolia, commonly known as English or common lavender. There are 39 species and most have similar applications. However, because it’s most commonly used and studied, this article refers specifically to L. angustifolia, unless stated otherwise.
The oil is used both for its scent and as a topical application. There have been claims that the oil is allergenic to some people when applied to the skin. However, many of those instances appear to be focused primarily on incidents of a single chemical that can be isolated from lavender, rather than from the oil itself. Single chemicals isolated from plants can prove to be dangerous when their symbiotic effects in coordination with the whole plant material are safe.
Linalool and linalyl acetate have been isolated and called the active ingredients. However, the effects noted here are associated with lavender oil, not chemicals isolated from it. (Read more)