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Herbs & Supplements «Lavender Herb Benefits and Information»

Indigenous to the mountain zones of the Mediterranean, lavender thrives in stony habitats that have access to lots of sunlight. Lavender can be found growing in the wild throughout southern Europe. Lavender is actually a shrub with heavy branches that grows up to about 60 cm. Wood-like branches grow from the broad rootstock and green leaf-like shoots resembling rods protrude out from the branches. The narrow, grayish green leaves covered in a silver blanket-like substance taper down from the base. The leaves are oblong in shape and attach directly at the base in curled spiral-like patterns.

Lavender is frequently alluded to as a natural remedy for a large variety of ailments. Lavender is primarily used in connection with insomnia, anxiety, depression, and mood disturbances. This is due to recent and past studies showing lavender's effectiveness in producing calming, soothing, and anticonvulsive effects in those who use it.

Suggested Health Benefits of Lavender

Lavender can be used in connection with the following conditions and symptoms:
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Abdominal complaints
  • Rheumatism
  • Loss of appetite Dosage and Administration

    The oil from lavender may be used externally or topically for a wide variety of ailments. Aroma therapists frequently use lavender as a promising tonic for inhalation therapy to help with nervous disorders and exhaustion. Herbalists have also used lavender oil to treat skin ailments including fungal infections, burns, wounds, eczema, and even acne. Lavender oil can also be applied externally for circulatory disorders by adding the oil to a healing bath, or it is also used as a rub to treat rheumatic ailments.

    While lavender may be used topically and as an aromatherapy for children, oral supplementation is not recommended.

    Dosage for adults:

    Internal use: Tea: 1 to 2 tsp whole herb per cup of water. Lavender oil: 1 to 3 drops may be taken on sugar cube; however, other authorities advise against taking internally.