The genus Lavandula comes from the Latin word lavare meaning “to wash,” and L. angustifolia, known as true or common lavender, is the species used medicinally. Lavender essential oil is steam-distilled from fresh flowers and is mainly produced in Bulgaria and France. Lavender oil has various healing qualities and a breathtaking fragrance. It used to be that almost all colognes contained lavender oil. But today its uses are being rediscovered in an effort to recognize its multiple benefits.
Lavender is a very effective natural moisturizer. Everyone knows how important it is to keep the skin nice and moist – and when treating scars this is basically a must. Most people who use it find that it’s one of the most effective ways to soften the skin and when the skin is softer you get better results – the skin is lighter, feels nicer and looks better. Moreover, Lavender is a great, great way to help reduce the appearance of acne scarring. Just remember that it’s a natural remedy and because of that you will probably need to keep up the treatments for a month or more to see good results. It has also over the years been applied as an alternative albeit not scientifically proven agent to address such conditions as: anxiety, mood instability, muscle spasms, high blood pressure, bacterial and other infections and pain management.
Lavender Has Many Well Known Natural Properties
Lavender is a universal oil, a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial (being currently tested against MRSA), antimicrobial, hormone balancing, skin cell regenerating, diuretic, muscle feeding, histamine blocking, anti-fungal, and overall body tonic essential oil. Lavender is great for bruises because it is anti-inflammatory and analgesic which aids in the healing process while decreasing pain. Using lavender in carrier oil, gently massage into bruised area. Also, it has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties make it a great choice for bites and stings as it reduces infection, swelling, and itching. Furthermore, a restorative herb and is classified as a nervine, meaning that it has a calming effect on the mind and body. It works in powerful ways to bring feelings of comfort and peace and also helps with fatigue.
The lavender plant has long held many healing properties. Not only is the plant fragrant but also very useful in home remedies that offer relief from many types of ailments for people as well as animals. When we think of lavender, typically we think of perfumes, soaps and lotions. In addition to its soothing smell, lavender also offers real health benefits and relief.
Migraine headache has been felt to arise from arterial muscular spasm resulting instability in brain blood flow. It has also been thought to, in some cases, have an underlying emotional component as well. In this light, it would appear that Lavender with its spasmolytic (i.e. anti-spasm/relaxing effects on arterial muscles) and its anti-anxiety effects might contribute a new line of treatment for migraine sufferers. Marvelous for muscle aches and pains, Lavender feeds the muscles by increasing nitric oxide in the body (a free radical, one of those marvelous chemical molecules produced during lightning storms that makes the world so fresh and alive afterwards); this enables the muscles to perform with more strength. Additionally, it reduces inflammation and muscle spasms.
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