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20 April 2015

Lavender & Its Amazing Health Properties

Lavender (lavandula angustifolia or lavandula officinalis) is a well known shrub often used in beauty products due to its recognisably sweet aroma. It originates in the Mediterranean but is now grown and cultivated globally, in particular in Australia, southern Europe and the US. Despite mainly being used as shampoo, soap or cloth sachets, lavender is also drunk as a tea. Traditionally lavender tea was used as a medicinal drink due to its many health properties.

The healing benefits of lavender tea

– Aids with digestion:

– Lavender can applied to the skin to repel mosquitoes and other insects.

– Relieves tension: A tea made of lavender flowers relieves tension caused by “nerves and stress.

– Lavender also reduces muscle spasms, increases relaxation and helps with menstrual cramps.

– Sleep aid: Lavender tea is a traditional home remedy for insomnia.

– Inhaling lavender is also used for insomnia and agitation.

Promotes Relaxation

– Inducing relaxation is a traditional use of lavender tea, primarily because of the soothing aroma.

Digestive Issues

Another common traditional use for lavender tea is for digestive issue relief, including nervous stomach and indigestion.

– It is also used for a variety of digestive complaints including meteorism (abdominal swelling from gas in the intestinal or peritoneal cavity), loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas (flatulence), and upset stomach.

Convulsions and Spasms

– A convulsion occurs when a muscle contracts and relaxes rapidly involuntarily, causing the body to shake. A spasm is similar, but it usually results in a muscle staying contracted. Lavender oil has been found to be a benefit in reducing both spasms and convulsions.

Insomnia

– Lavender is used for restlessness, insomnia, nervousness, and depression.

– Insomnia is a essentially a condition of the inability to fall sleep restively. It is usually caused by anxiety, stress and depression. The aroma of lavender helps to relieve depression and insomnia. Whilst drinking lavender tea releases the fragrances which may help relieve this sleep disorder.

-Some people use lavender for painful conditions including migraines, toothaches, sprains, nerve pain, sores, and joint pain. It is also used for acne and cancer, and to promote menstruation.

May Treat Migraines

– Drinking lavender tea releases essential oils that may help relieve migraines. A study by scientists at Mashhad University of Medical Sciences found that inhaling lavender essential oil may help manage acute migraines.

Lavender tea also has other traditional uses, although many of them are not backed by scientific research. Other traditional ailments lavender tea may treat include: colic, loss of appetite, toothache, acne, nausea, vomiting, cancer and even use as a mosquito repellent. A strongly brewed lavender tea can be cooled and used as a scalp rinse to help prevent dandruff.

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