Lavender has been a favorite flower for people around the world for centuries. Not only is it beautiful in gardens, but it also smells wonderful, can be added to meals, and even carries medicinal properties far beyond soothing anxiety. There are hundreds of different applications for lavender that can be used to make your life easier, safer, and more comfortable. Here are 12 surprising uses for lavender to start implementing in your routine.
1. Helps to Soothe Pain and Heal
While it’s not commonly used as a pain reliever, lavender does have some scientific research to back these benefits. Inhaling lavender has been shown to help alleviate pain that new mothers are feeling after having a cesarian. Lavender has also been shown to relieve soreness and redness in mothers who delivered vaginally with an episiotomy. This research indicates that lavender may indeed be helpful in the healing process after a range of injuries.
2.Treat Alopecia Areata
There are hundreds of different products on the market targeted towards hair loss, but they often contain harsh irritants and don’t always do as advertised. For a more natural alternative, try massaging your scalp with lavender oil regularly. This practice has been associated with decreasing the rate of hair loss from the autoimmune disease, alopecia areata.
3. Reduce Sodium Intake
If you’re trying to reduce your sodium intake, substitute salt for culinary lavender. Culinary lavender adds a delicious, salt-free flavor to any meal and pairs well with other herbs like rosemary, thyme, chives, and more.
4. Ease an Upset Stomach
Lavender is naturally packed with antibacterial properties, which can help alleviate stomachaches and other ailments. Add some culinary lavender to Greek yogurt to ease an upset stomach. For extra support, utilize lavender essential oil to help fight inflammation and other pain.
5. Targets Toxins and Odor
Bacteria and toxins can wreak havoc on our daily lives. Lavender can help target and absorb toxins and fight bacteria that causes odors and makes us sick. Use lavender oil on your houseplants, during cleaning, and to freshen up a room.
6. Improve Memory
If you’re trying to study for an exam, or simply want to boost your recall skills, try incorporating lavender essential oil into your routine. It’s been shown that smelling lavender actually leads to an increase in knowledge retention, higher concentration levels, and less anxiety—the building blocks of a good memory.
7. Alleviate Motion Sickness
For those who are subject to motion sickness, lavender can be used as a distraction. Lavender activates your senses, which can distract your inner ear from the factors that cause motion sickness. Try bringing some lavender essential oils on your next road trip and see if it works for you.
8. Calm Colic
Parents have been trying to understand the best way to address colic for centuries. While there’s still no sure-fire way to help calm your fussy newborn, lavender has shown promising effects. By giving your baby a tummy massage using lavender and almond oil, you can help to keep them happy and relaxed.
9. Address Hot Flashes
Menopause is something that every woman will experience—it’s inevitable. However, that doesn’t mean you need to suffer through all of the associated side effects. By smelling lavender for only 20 minutes twice a week, you can help to reduce hot flashes by up to 50%. Aromatherapy with lavender comes with numerous benefits, so you’ll likely experience less anxiety and feel more at ease as well. For even more benefits, schedule a massage with lavender oil or lavender aromatherapy.
10. DIY Hand Sanitizer
While the hand sanitizer shortages seem to be over, store-bought products are harsh on your skin. To unlock powerful antibacterial tendencies with a much more soothing odor, use lavender to make a DIY hand sanitizer.
11. Reduce Fall Risks
One of the more surprising uses for lavender is its role in preventing falls. Residents in a nursing home in Japan who wore lavender patches fell significantly less than those who did not. While more research is needed to understand this relation, it’s worth trying!
12. Natural Laundry Freshener
Everybody loves the smell of a fresh load of laundry, but many products leave behind residue that can irritate the skin. For a more natural approach, use lavender oil. You can add it directly into the wash or sprinkle on your dryer sheets.
Lavender is such a versatile plant and is a great alternative for those looking for more natural products. To get the most out of the benefits of lavender oil, contact Willow Massage and Spa today. With each massage at our facility, you have the option of adding an elevation—essential oils added to your massage. Wellness Club members receive an elevation oil each month included in their package. Our licensed massage therapists utilize lavender oil from Young Livings Oil to give you the most relaxing experience possible. To learn more about the styles of massages we offer, become a member of our Wellness Club, or schedule a massage with no-obligations, contact Willow Massage and Spa today.