Lavender Herb - Health Benefits and Precautions

This article discusses some health benefits of the lavender herb as well as some ways through which we can obtain the benefits of lavender oil.

It also touches on some precautions which one should take while undertaking various uses for lavender.

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A note about the Lavender Herb - Health Benefits and Precautions

Herbs are God and nature's gifts to us. While the use of herbs and herb remedies has brought excellent results for many people, do note that their health benefits may be limited when they are used in isolation. However, when combined with some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition, the impact on one's health will be greatly magnified.

In natural health and healing, we believe that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease, even supposedly incurable diseases. We also believe in holistic health and healing, as we realize that different parts of the human body are highly interlinked, often beyond Man’s understanding. It is thus a good idea to apply these fundamental health steps no matter how remote or unrelated a health condition may seem.

Lavender can be used medicinally as an effective remedy to combat the following conditions: Restlessness, insomnia, abdominal complaints, rheumatism, and loss of appetite.

Lavender fragrance is used as a soothing stress reliever, and also helps cases of insomnia or other sleep disorders. Five drops of lavender oil used in bath water before sleep helps soothe nerves and relieve insomnia and stress - this is one of the uses for lavender essential oil.

Lavender oil topically applied on the temples helps cure headaches, migraine etc, as the oil is absorbed by the skin and the constituents of the oil calm the nerves, relieving pain and excitability.

A mask of lavender buds placed over the eyes when going to sleep is a great relaxant and effective remedy for stress.

The lavender herb is a time-tested analgesic and has been used since ancient times for bug bites, burns, skin disorders, to relieve itching, rashes, and reduce swelling.

Lavender water, which is made by adding lavender oil to alcohol and other additives, has been used down the ages as a tonic for weakness and fatigue, fainting and giddiness. In these cases, lavender works powerfully as a potent restorative.

Another lavender fact is that it is also an effective cleanser when added to bath water and for washing hair. It is claimed that lavender, due to its antibacterial and antifungal qualities, kills head lice and other scalp infections. Hence, lavender is seen to be effective in combating balding and promoting hair growth. Also, the lavender herb has been effectively used as an antiseptic for the treatment of acne.

Another use for lavender is as a floor cleaner, and also for cleaning counter surfaces and bathrooms. Again, it works effectively due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties and it also gives out a pleasant fragrance to cleaned surfaces.

Precautions while using Lavender

  • Either as a medicine or as a culinary enhancer of taste, lavender should be used with caution. For medicinal purposes, an accurate medical diagnosis should precede any self prescription or self treatment with lavender.

  • Even small quantities of essential oils can be toxic, or can evoke an allergic reaction in some, so care must be taken. Preferably, a qualified practitioner of herbal medicine is consulted, and instructions followed.

  • Care must be taken, while using the lavender herb as a medicine or culinary ingredient, that the herb or flowers have not been pesticide-treated by the growers.

  • Oral use of the lavender herb in children is not recommended. Also, its use is not advised for pregnant or nursing mothers.

  • When used topically, care should be exercised that lavender is not used on areas around the eyes, and mucous lining should also be avoided (around nostril and mouth). Extra care should be taken if it is used near open wounds, cuts or scrapes; some recommend that lavender should not be used on such areas.

  • A small study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007 concluded that lavender and tea oils in some shampoos, soaps, and lotions may cause gynecomastia (breast development) in males.

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