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Lavender Oil Benefits

5 Jul 2019
by Kevin
Lavender that is sold in Malaysia isn’t grown here. Infact, lavender is grown in the African region and the Mediterranean mountains. Lavender Oil worldwide including Malaysia is mostly used as an essential oil. However, you might be thinking what’s so great about lavender oil? Why should I even opt for this oil? I will be sharing some of the benefits of lavender oil and you might realize this might just be the next thing you should get for yourself!



Lavender & Lavender Oil Benefits

1. Antioxidant Protection
Free radicals such as toxins, chemicals and pollutants are arguably the most dangerous and are the most common risk factor for every disease that affects people today. Just so you know, free radicals are responsible for shutting down your immune system and can cause unbelievable damage to your body. So the body’s natural response to free radical damage is to create antioxidant enzymes that prevent these free radicals from doing their damage.

However, your body can actually become deficient in antioxidants if the free radical burden is great enough which can happen due to poor diet and high exposure to toxins. But don’t worry, lavender essential oil is a natural antioxidant that works to prevent and reverse disease. A study in 2013 showed that Phytomedicine found that lavender oil increased the activity of the body’s most powerful antioxidants.

2. Diabetes Natural Treatment
In the year of 2014, scientists from Tunisia set out to complete a fascinating task which was to test the effects of lavender essential oil on blood sugar to see if it can help reverse diabetes naturally and it did!



3. Improves Mood and Reduces Stress
Lavender oil has gained a lot of popularity in recent years and has been put on a pedestal for its unique ability to protect against neurological damage. Lavender was traditionally used to treat neurological issues such as migraines, stress, anxiety and depression. Hence, it’s exciting to see that the research is finally catching up to history.

In a study in 2013 which was published by the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice found that supplementing with 80 milligram capsules of lavender essential oil aids in anxiety, sleep disturbance and depression. In order to relieve stress and improve sleep you should put a diffuser by your bed and diffuse oils while you sleep at night or in the family room while you’re reading in the evening. You may also apply lavender oil topically behind your ears for the same benefits.

4. Supports Brain Function
Good news is the neurological benefits of lavender essential oil don’t stop at its ability to treat depression and boost mood. There was this research that proved that lavender oil serves as a natural treatment for Alzheimer’s disease!

Studies have also been conducted on rats show that inhaling lavender essential oil vapor can help to prevent brain oxidative stress and improve cognitive impairment. In order to support the nervous system with lavender oil, diffuse it at home or inhale it directly from the bottle or alternatively apply it topically to the temples and back of neck.



5. Heals Burns and Cuts
Lavender is also widely known for its antimicrobial properties and for centuries lavender oil has been used to prevent various infections and combat bacterial and fungal disorders. For a matter of fact, almost 100 studies have been conducted establishing this benefit of lavender over and over again.

Research shows that lavender oil aids in the healing of burns, cuts, scrapes and wounds fast and a big part of this is because of its antimicrobial compounds. In order to get burn relief and to heal cuts, scrapes or wounds mix 3 to 5 drops of lavender oil with ½ teaspoon of coconut oil and apply the mixture to the area of concern. You may use your fingers or a clean cotton ball.

6. Improves Sleep and Insomnia
Due to lavender oil’s sedative and calming properties and it is because of that lavender also works to improve sleep and treat insomnia. A study in the year 2015 which involved 158 mothers in their postpartum period were divided into the control or intervention group.

Based on the experiment, the intervention group inhaled lavender oil before bed four times a week for eight weeks. The experiment concluded that women using lavender oil displayed a significant improvement in sleep quality when compared to the control group.Unlike most sedative types of drugs that are available out there, lavender does not cause any unwanted side effects. It in addition actually promotes general mental and physical health.

You should diffuse lavender oil in your bedroom before or during sleep. In addition, you can rub 3 to 5 drops directly on your neck, chest and temples. Also, taking a healing bath by adding 15 drops of lavender oil and 1 cup of Epsom salts to the bathtub is another effective way to use lavender oil to improve sleep and relax the body.



7. Complementary Therapy for Cancer
Moving on to a more serious note but some good news. In a study done in the year of 2012 which was published in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines indicated that aromatherapy especially using lavender oil helps patients with cancer caused side effects such as stress, nausea, chronic pain and depression. Due to lavender oil works in a way that stimulates the immune system, boost mood, improve sleep and fight stress, it can be used as a therapeutic agent.

If you are going through this or know someone going through this you may massage lavender oil into the back of your neck, chest, wrists and temples can induce relaxing and calming effects. Besides that, If you are experiencing muscle or joint pain or pain at the site of injection you may apply 2 to 3 drops of lavender to the affected area.

Again, as mentioned in the above sections, to relieve stress and anxiety and improve sleep, diffuse lavender or inhale it directly from the bottle. This therapy can be particularly useful before and after surgical procedures and chemotherapy treatment.



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