Lavender is a powerful aromatic herb with a myriad of medicinal properties.
This herb is also used for the production of lavender essential oil, in a process that involves the distillation of the flower spikes of certain lavender species.
This oil is widely used in the cosmetic industry but is also very popular due to the potent medicinal uses.
The essential oil is highly gentle, soothing, and healing, and has a chemically complex structure with more than 150 active constituents.
Therefore, it can be used in the treatment of numerous different health issues, and provide a strong antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal, antidepressant, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifier, sedative, and hypotensive action.
Research has found that it effectively lowers the pulse rates and treats anxiety, which is of great help for students when taking a stressful exam, as well as in the case of pre-surgery distress.
Also, Dr. M. Kritsidima, after conducting a study that included 340 adult patients while waiting at the dentist’s waiting room for their appointment, concluded:
“Our findings suggest that lavender could certainly be used as an effective ‘on-the-spot’ anxiety reduction in dentists’ waiting rooms.”
Research has also confirmed that this amazing essential oil treats digestive issues, like intestinal gas, vomiting, nausea, upset stomach, and abdominal swelling.
Additionally, lavender oil treats insomnia, eases labor pain, reduces stress and tension, hydrates the body, soothes headaches, and alleviates pain.
Have you ever heard of lavender lemonade?
This delicious drink will help you reap all the benefits of this essential oil, so here is how to prepare it:
Lavender lemonade -- Recipe
- 1 drop of lavender essential oil
- 12 cups of water
- The juice of 6 lemons
- 1 cup of raw honey
All you have to do is to mix these ingredients in a saucepan, leave the lemonade to cool, and add more water or sweeten again to taste. Cover it, and leave it for an hour.
This drink will also treat migraines, relieve stress, and alkalize the body.