Top 5 Benefits of Lavender

Updated on January 8, 2020
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Lavender is commonly known as a fragrant purple flower that can be used in perfumes.
Lavender is commonly known as a fragrant purple flower that can be used in perfumes.

Centuries Old Healing

Lavender is a purple flowering plant belonging to the mint family. It has been used for centuries for healing purposes as well as being used as a perfume. Commonly lavender is used in teas, essential oils, perfumes, and as a beautiful plant for a garden. Lavender also has many benefits to overall health that you can use as an alternative to traditional medicine for some ailments

1. Helps With Insomnia

Lavender may be helpful with sleep, preventing insomnia. If placing lavender under your pillow, the aroma has a relaxing and calming effect on the mind and body that can help you get to sleep quicker. This is why many people see so many products such as lotions that contain lavender to help improve sleep. If you keep a little fresh lavender in your pillowcase, this will greatly benefit your sleep

2. Relieves Migraines and Headaches

Lavender has been known to help with migraines and headaches. By simply rubbing the temples and underneath your nose, you can help alleviate the symptoms of a migraine or headache, and it works very quickly. The soothing effects of the scent of lavender make the body feel much calmer when smelling this wonderful plant, and that can help to relieve stress migraines and headaches

3. Can Help Lower Blood Pressure

Because of the qualities of the lavender plant, it can also help with reducing high blood pressure. Many things that are stressful for the body, lavender can help. Of course, it is not recommended in any way to replace your high blood pressure medicine with lavender for any reason! Keep taking your pills, but know that lavender might be able to be an additional form of help with your meds! You might consider getting an essential oil diffuser for your home and keeping some lavender essential oil on hand when your blood pressure seems high or you are feeling particularly stressed or strained

4. Anti-Anxiety Effects

As stated previously, lavender does wonders to help with stress, not just physically on the body but also mentally. If you feel anxious or stressed about something, the scent of lavender can help you to relax and take it easy. Many people choose to drink lavender tea because a cup of hot tea is a good way to relax if you are feeling anxious or stressed.

5. Can Improve Respiratory Health

Some studies have shown that lavender might even help with asthma and respiratory issues. Being a member of the mint family, this makes sense considering menthol is used in many over the counter medications to combat colds and respiratory problems. It is not clear how much lavender may help with asthma or respiratory issues, but getting lavender essential oil could always be something helpful to have around the house. Breathing in the scent of lavender will definitely help relax your muscles and maybe put less stress on your lungs.

Many people use lavender in essential oil diffusers to circulate the beneficial aroma around their home.
Many people use lavender in essential oil diffusers to circulate the beneficial aroma around their home.

Ways To Use Lavender

There are many different ways that you can use lavender to benefit your overall health. Here are some examples of some of the uses for this plant. Many people drink lavender tea or have an essential oil diffuser to put lavender in. However, if you are interested in taking lavender capsules on the daily for health benefits, you can also find this supplement at any vitamin shop, or you may be able to order it online. How you decide to use the lavender is completely up to you.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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