Benefits of lavender
Lavender oil is one of the most well known essential oils out there due to its vast history and beneficial properties. There are many studies showing its positive effects on our physical and mental health.
Physical health benefits:
It is an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory oil thanks to its eugenol component. Not only is it used in cosmetic products for its calming properties for skin inflammation but it is used in massage as well. Lavender's history dates back to World War I where it was used as an anti-bacterial. Scientific studies have shown that Lavender Oil has some protective mechanisms against gram positive (S.aureus) and gram negative (E.coli) bacteria. Lavender tea is also known for its carminative effects where it helps relieve flatulence, which as a result, promote healthy digestion.
Mental health benefits:
It has sedative, anxiolytic and anti-depressive properties due to its linalyl acetate and linalool components. Lavender acts as a mood regulator on the central nervous system where it increases an individual's sleep quality, and their emotional well-being. Studies have shown that lavender's anxiolytic properties can be compared to lorazepam which is an anxiolytic drug. Components of Lavender oil if applied topically can be detected in the blood stream as little as 5 minutes, and eliminated within 90 minutes.
Lavender has many benefits ranging from its digestive to its skin healing and sedative properties. It is definitely a handy essential oil to have in the house since it not only helps to regulate your emotional well-being but can also be beneficial to individuals who suffer from insomnia.