Lavender is an unbelievably popular herb, but it often brings a “woo-woo” kind of skepticism when recommended as a treatment for symptoms of various health conditions, such as allergies, acne, nausea, or even as burn relief. Having experienced immediate relief of the aforementioned symptoms through the application of lavender essential oil, I know that this natural remedy is a GREAT alternative to over-the-counter medications, which can often disrupt your body’s own regulatory mechanisms, rather than encouraging and assisting them. To convert the woo-wooers to this pleasantly aromatic side, I’ve compiled a list of the unusual yet beneficial effects of lavender, measured via scientific experimentation. You’ll be fascinated to find that it’s incredibly versatile. From easing the discomfort of dementia to alleviating dysmenorrhea, lavender really deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for simply existing.
*It’s incredibly important to note, that if you choose to add lavender or lavender essential oil into your life, it must be of SUPERB quality. Otherwise, you could be potentially ingesting and absorbing lavender tainted with highly concentrated pesticides and other potential environmental toxins. I recommend brands that have undergone extensive testing and have received the Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) label, which indicates that it is of high caliber. If an oil has been deemed safe for ingestion, it can be used in small amounts for cooking. Essential oils that you find at your local health store often cannot be ingested because they haven’t undergone a fraction of the testing and certification of brands labels as CPTG.
The health benefits are astounding, but the culinary possibilities are life-changing.
5 Unheard of Benefits of Lavender
- In study researching the effects of lavender essential oil on the prevalence of mutations in bacterial cultures, it was found that cultures inoculated with lavender essential oil had strong antimutagenic activity, meaning that it reduced the onset of bacterial mutations! Cultures that did not have the lavender essential oil did not display the antimutagenic properties (1).
- In patients suffering from dementia, inhalation of lavender essential oil was found to reduce the patient’s degree of agitation, while also reducing episodes of insomnia, wandering, difficult behavior, and social withdrawal (3).
- In study of almost 100 females suffering from dysmenorrhea, it was found that the inhalation of lavender essential oil alone, helped alleviate the dysmenorrhea symptoms; i.e. cramping pelvic pain, headache, nausea, vomiting, excess bleeding, flushing, and diarrhea (5).
- Lavender aromatherapy has been shown to help mitigate the negative effects of stress on heart function and circulation in men, thus aiding in the optimization of heart function and circulation during stressful events (4).
- In female patients who had undergone C-sections, receiving lavender essential oil via inhalation, versus the control who did not receive lavender, resulted in noticeable decreases in post-operative pain, in addition to decreases in elevated heart rates (2).
I hope you enjoyed my list, are there unusual uses that you have for lavender or lavender essential oil?
Lavender Lime Tea Cookies: vegan and GF
- M.G. Evandri, L. Battinelli, C. Daniele, S. Mastrangelo, P. Bolle, G. Mazzanti, The antimutagenic activity of Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil in the bacterial reverse mutation assay, Food and Chemical Toxicology, Volume 43, Issue 9, September 2005, Pages 1381-1387.
- Olapour, A. (2014). Lavender Aromatherapy Eases Postoperative Pain. Massage Magazine, (213), 65.
- Sawsan Abuhamdah, Paul L. Chazot, Lemon Balm and Lavender herbal essential oils: Old and new ways to treat emotional disorders, Current Anaesthesia & Critical Care, Volume 19, Issue 4, August 2008, Pages 221-226.
- Yumi Shiina, Nobusada Funabashi, Kwangho Lee, Tomohiko Toyoda, Tai Sekine, Sachiko Honjo . . . Issei Komuro, Relaxation effects of lavender aromatherapy improve coronary flow velocity reserve in healthy men evaluated by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography, International Journal of Cardiology, Volume 129, Issue 2, 26 September 2008, Pages 193-197
- Ziba Raisi Dehkordi, Fatemeh Sadat Hosseini Baharanchi, Reza Bekhradi, Effect of lavender inhalation on the symptoms of primary dysmenorrhea and the amount of menstrual bleeding: A randomized clinical trial, Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Volume 22, Issue 2, April 2014, Pages 212-219.