Lavender has been used for its therapeutic properties since antiquity, particularly in the western Mediterranean basin. In the Middle Ages, this plant with the characteristic odor of the Lamiaceae family was cultivated in particular in monasteries for use in herbal medicine. It is found, apart from France, Portugal, Spain, India, Australia, and Morocco.
The so-called “true” lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) can be consumed in powder form in the form of capsules, in infusion, in inhalation or can also be used in massage oil. Here are the main therapeutic properties of this plant.
FIGHTS INSOMNIA AND REDUCES STRESS
Pouring two or three drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow before bed, preferably on the side touching the bed to avoid direct contact, can help you fall asleep. An essential oil diffuser in the bedroom can also help.
Lavender can also be consumed as an infusion before going to bed (8-10 grams of fresh or dry lavender flowers infused for 10 minutes will do).
While lavender helps you get to sleep, it also helps reduce general stress, anxiety, nervous disorders, and even high blood pressure. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Kagoshima, Japan, had shown that exposure to vapors of linalool, the odorous alcohol present in essential oils of lavender, affected the brain through the nose. And linalool has calming properties, like linalyl acetate, which is also found in the plant.
The antibacterial properties of lavender may help aid digestion by eliminating the feeling of bloating. This is indeed often linked to the presence of bad bacteria in the digestive system.
Antispasmodic, lavender also increases the secretion of gastric juice in the stomach and thus improves intestinal motility.
TREATS RESPIRATORY DISORDERS
The ihnalation of essential oils of lavender helps to treat mild respiratory disorders, thanks to the antiseptic properties of the plant.
The anti-inflammatory, calming and pain-relieving properties of lavender make it an excellent ally against migraines and tension-related headaches.
RELIEVES JOINT PAIN
Antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic, lavender is particularly indicated for relieving muscle and joint pain. It can be used as an infusion or massage.
FIGHT AGAINST ACNE AND ECZEMA
Used in the form of a balm, lavender helps to treat skin problems.
Whether it is to heal scratches, blisters, or scars caused by acne and eczema, lavender will do good for your skin.
KEEPImpregnating clothing collars or the back of your child’s neck before leaving for school will help ward off lice, which are particularly resistant to the scent of lavender.
SOOTHES BITES AND BITES Antitoxic
and anti-infectious, asp lavender neutralizes the spread of venom and limits the appearance of redness and swelling in the event of a bite or sting.
PURIFIES THE BREATH
Mixed with water, lavana used as a gargle helps to purify the breath in a natural way.