The Healing Power of Lavender

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Lavender, a flower from Provence France, isn’t just something pretty to look at; it turns out lavender is quite a medical powerhouse with no contraindications or adverse interactions when used with other herbs or medications.  For centuries lavender has been used to calm nerves, cure headaches, insomnia, and gastrointestinal issues, but more recently other uses have been discovered:Lavender heals burns:Until the turn of the 20th Century, lavender was used for cosmetic use and to treat some mild medical conditions.  That was until about 1900, when French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, burned his hand while working in the lab, immediately immersing it into a pot of lavender oil.  The lavender provided immediate pain relief and enabled his hand to heal quicker than otherwise with limited skin damage.

Similarly, French army surgeon Dr. Jean Valnet began using lavender to treat wounds when medical supplies were limited in WWI, and he found it useful in reducing pain, preventing infections and treating burns.

Even today, some French hospitals still use lavender for treating first and second degree burns (its not recommended to treat third degree burns).  We recommend combining high quality lavender oil with aloe vera to treat household burns.

Lavender is an effective MRSA treatment:

MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a staph infection caused by a particular staphylococcus virus that has become resistant to the antibiotics typically used to treat such an infection.  It first become an epidemic in hospitals where antibiotic use is frequent, and has since spread to the community.

Staph is usually transmitted through skin contact and starts on the outside of the body where it does no damage.  However, if untreated and allowed to pass from the skin into the body, a staph infection can be deadly.  Lavender has proven successful at eliminating MRSA in lab tests and in theory could do the same if the oil was applied to the skin.

Lavender as an essential oil or tea:

As discussed in the introduction, in the past, lavender has also been used to treat a variety of ailments and can be applied topically or even consumed as a tea.

Lavender is considered a broad spectrum anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, and has been used to treat vaginal Candida.  Consumed as a tea or as an aromatherapy agent, it can be used to relieve insomnia, calm jangled nerves, treat skin infections, eliminate headaches, and even relieve symptoms of menopause.

 

Sources:

http://www.gaia-health.com/articles…

http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/…

http://www.joys-of-lavender.com/lav…

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/…

http://www.lavenderenchantment.com/…

http://www.theluberon.com/DISCOVER/…

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