Lavender shouldn’t need any introduction as the herb has been widely used in healing and relaxation treatments across the world for centuries. And it is even rising in popularity in the culinary world (pioneered by Queen Elizabeth who apparently was a fan of lavender jam and tea). Lavender blooms with a heady purple flower and has a distinctive yet beautiful, soothing smell to it. There are 47 known species of lavender and all of them enjoy sunny open environments! (Think fields of Provence in France.)
Lavender has long been enjoyed in its oil form for its lavish scent and most people associate it with relaxation and sleep and it is absolutely right to do so.
However, have you wondered what is it about lavender that makes us sleepy? And what other benefits it offers?
Helping to drift off easily
Although how it works exactly might remain unclear, various researchers have tried to establish the effects of lavender essential oil and why is it commonly used in night-time beauty products, pillow mists, and home fragrances. It has been suggested that rather affecting the sleep quality itself, lavender helps to reduce stress levels, therefore, relaxing people thus allowing them to sleep much better.
The relaxation effect of lavender has been studied worldwide using various techniques. In one study the researchers monitored the sleep cycles of participants with brain scans and found that lavender increased slow-wave sleep slowing heartbeat and relaxing muscles. Those observed slept more soundly whilst using lavender. They have also said they felt more energetic the next morning.
Sleep and relaxation aside, lavender oil has so many more uses. It offers antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to heal minor burns and bug bites. It has also been reported to be useful when treating anxiety, fungal infections, hair loss, and wounds.
When used in cosmetics lavender oil can also help when dealing with skin problems such as acne, eczema, redness, and blotchy patches.
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Whether you are looking for a bit of relaxation or a natural remedy with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties lavender should be your go-to herb. And the beautiful smell is kind of addictive too.