5 Interesting Facts About Lavender You Might Not Know

     One of my favourite herbs is lavender which I often use for treating insomnia.  After doing some research I found a few more uses for it other than the just for the treatment of insomnia.  I particularly like that lavender has antibacterial qualities that can offer an option for people that may not be able to use hand sanitizer gels.

Acne Treatment

Lavender is one of the most valuable oils for the treatment of acne, according to aromatherapists. “It inhibits the bacteria that cause the skin infection, helps to rebalance the over-secretion of sebum, which the bacteria thrive on, and reduce scarring”. Add a few drops of lavender oil to a plain cream sold by chemists and use as a moisturizer or cleanser.

  Insomnia
In a number of small case studies, elderly psychiatric patients have been shown to sleep better and be more alert during the day when their sleep medication is replaced with lavender oil either dropped on their pillows, or placed in a diffuser on the ward.  To induce sleep, put 3 or 4 drops of lavender oil on your pillow. For babies, add 1 drop of lavender oil  & geranium oil in carrier oil and massage into a babies back or a few drops in their bedtime bath.

Fatigue
Add 5 drops of lavender oil to a hot foot bath and relax while your feet soak in it.  The soles of the feet are particularly porous, so lavender reaches your bloodstream very quickly, exerting its stimulating and soothing effects on various systems of your body

Sinusitis

For the sinus and allergy sufferers this one may be very useful in the treatment of said conditions.
Lavender is one of several essential oils that aromatherapists recommend for inhalations to relieve sinusitis, add two drops of lavender & thyme oil to a bowl of near-steaming water and inhale slowly and deeply, with a towel over your head & bowl.

  Antibacterial

French laboratory studies in the early 20th century showed that lavender is a powerful antibacterial in dilutions of 5 per cent or less it is lethal to bacteria that cause typhoid, TB & diphtheria. Combined with Lemon Balm, for its clinically tested anti-viral properties.

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “5 Interesting Facts About Lavender You Might Not Know

  1. Great tips here…I need the sleep aid for sure.

  2. Gwen says:

    Good to know

  3. marilyn androwski says:

    Cool suggestions

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s