To many of us, the term Lavender reminds of the soothing perfume it spreads around, and, might be in every man’s toiletries, used in shaving and facial creams.
Lavender is nothing but a small aromatic evergreen shrub that belongs to the mint family. The leaves of the shrub would be narrow and the flowers will be of a bluish-purple color.
Lavender is not just used for making perfumes, oils, soaps and scented sachets. In fact, it has a long history of healing and the purposes for which it is used in medicine is much more than its usage as a perfume.
Some of the medicinal and other benefits of lavender are given below:
The dried flowers of the lavender can be sewn into a pouch and tucked under your pillow in the bed to restore restful sleep devoid of any disturbances.
Lavender is also the help to look to when you are feeling anxious or tense. It has been discovered in research that lavender increases the type of brain waves associated with relaxation. Add some lavender oil to a diffuser to disperse the scent throughout a room. If you do not have a diffuser, add 3 drops of lavender oil to a bowl of steaming water and inhale the steam. If time permits, you can add lavender bath oil or 5 drops of essential oil to bathwater for a stress-busting soak.
Massage oils are often infused with lavender. The essential oils in lavender are easily absorbed through the skin and their sedative effects on the central nervous system can help you to feel relaxed.
Lavender oil has minor pain-killing properties. It appears to reduce the transmission of nerve impulses that carry pain signals. Mix a few drops of the oil into a tablespoon of carrier oil and rub it in. Lavender also relieves itching, thanks to its anti-inflammatory action. It is the perfect remedy for insect bites and stings.
Cancer specialists have observed that monoterpenes, a class of chemical compounds in lavender, appear to inhibit the development of cancerous cells and may help to prevent them from multiplying. While it is too early to say for certain that lavender has beneficial effects on cancer, early results are promising enough and as such, essential oils are being tested in clinical studies for possible anti-cancer potential.