5 Healing Uses for Lavender

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Lavender fills the early-summer garden with beautiful purple flowers and oozes fragrance on a sunny afternoon. Every part of this plant is infused with the aromatic oil that is so highly valued for its many healing effects. It is believed that the darker the flower, the more intense the aroma.  We found this wonderful article on Health.com on 5 Healing Uses for Lavender, and wanted to share them with you!

  1. Soothe Your Senses: When it comes to Lavender’s soothing and calming powers, science has given a firm nod to aromatherapy’s validity. Try placing a sprig of Lavender under your pillow to make you sleep better.
  2. Fight Dandruff: “Lavender oil can help scalp conditions,” says Francesca Fusco, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist. Wet hair with warm water and towel dry. Next, grab a mug and mix 15 drops of lavender essential oil in 2 tablespoons of olive or almond oil. Microwave for about 10 seconds or until it feels warm. Massage the oil mixture into your scalp, pop on a shower cap, let it set for an hour, and then shampoo out.
  3. Bust Bloating: Bloating and poor digestion can result from an overgrowth of “bad” bacteria. “The polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) in lavender can help reduce ‘bad’ bacteria in your gut,” says Christina Gerbstadt, MD, author of Doctor’s Detox Diet. For its de-puff perks, sprinkle dried culinary lavender onto Greek yogurt and enjoy.
  4. Relaxation Power: Research shows that the scent of lavender lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, putting you into a more relaxed state. Place a handful of fresh or dried lavender in a vase on your nightstand, to feel your bedroom with the relaxing aroma of lavender.
  5. Calms Itchy Skin: Get out your itch with lavender essential oil. “It’s a natural anti-inflammatory, so it helps to reduce itching, swelling and redness,” explains Naila Malik, MD, a Texas-based dermatologist. Dab a drop or two on the area and wait about 15-minutes for it to seep into your skin. Apply as needed every 6 to 8 hours.

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What are your favorite uses for Lavender? Comment on this post and share how you use Lavender around your home. We would love to hear what you do! For the full article from health.com, click here.

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