I’m sure I’m not the only person who has some lavender in their bedroom. I have a little pouch of dried lavender hanging from my desk and some dried lavender in a vase on the top of my book shelf. As someone who has suffered with insomnia on and off for many years I’m always searching for various natural ways to help me sleep. It’s a well known fact that lavender can help encourage relaxation and sleep. Before writing this post I also had no idea on what a positive impact it can have on your mental health and many other areas of your physical health.
My parents have a Lavender field at the end of their road and so I thought it would be fun to get some pictures to combine it with this post on the various benefits of lavender.
What is Lavender?
We all know lavender is a beautiful purple flower, which smells divine but is there more to it?
When we think of lavender we think of it as a flower, however it is also a herb with many health benefits. Lavender is thought to be calming and therefore is often used for anxiety, insomnia, depression and restlessness. In addition to this Lavender has both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. This little pop or purple wonder not only smells amazing, looks beautiful but can benefit both your mental and physical health.
Anxiety, depression, insomnia and restlessness
A study undertaken on both mice and humans show that Lavender can reduce anxiety and encourage sleep.
Lavender affects the neurotransmitter GABA which relaxes the brain, thus relieving the person of symptoms of anxiety, depression, restlessness and encourages sleep.
How do you take the lavender?
Both oral and inhaled lavender are recommended for anxiety.
Lavender oil aromatherapy is recommended for restlessness and stress.
Both oral and oil aromatherapy lavender are recommended to reduce the symptoms of depression.
Both oral and oil aromatherapy are recommended for insomnia.
Investigations into the affects of Lavender on the body are somewhat limited and so any possible long-term adverse affects are unknown.
I was really interested to read that Lavender oil can be used for bug bites. My boyfriend is a terror for getting bitten when we’re on holiday, he tends to have a serious reaction to them and they swell up to the size of golf balls. After doing my research I’m going to douse his bites in lavender oil.
Lavender has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and can also help to relieve the pain of a bite. Furthermore there are suggestions that lavender can repel the bugs, thus preventing them from biting you in the first place! It’s an all-in-one remedy for a bug bite and you can sprinkle any left-over oil onto your pillow for a good night’s sleep.
I’ve only ever tried Lavender in ice cream and it was absolutely delicious. However, in addition to its yumminess it appears that ingesting lavender could aid your digestive system. Studies have shown that having lavender in the form of tea can help ease stomach cramps, gas, bloating and constipation.
It’s also important to note that the relaxing properties within lavender will have a positive impact on your digestive system.
Additional benefits –
Lavender’s benefits are not limited to the ones I have discussed above, it is also thought that it –
Promotes Hair Growth
Can Reduce Blood Pressure
Has Anti-Fungal Properties
Eases Menopausal Hot Flushes
May Be a Natural Pain Remedy
The potential health benefits of lavender are extraordinary. I’m definitely tempted to purchase some lavender oil to keep in the cupboard and if I come across some lavender tea I’m going to buy it. I find it fascinating that such a beautiful flower can benefit us in so many ways.
It appears lavender got the looks and the brains!
Let me know whether you use any herbs for natural remedies.