Lavender is an herb native to northern Africa and the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean.
Lavender is also grown for the production of its essential oil, which comes from the distillation of the flower spikes of certain lavender species.
The oil has cosmetic uses, and it is believed to have some medicinal uses.
Lavender essential oil, in contrast to the plant form, is toxic when swallowed.
Lavender can be distilled into an essential oil, and has a range of medical applications.
The herb is highly regarded for skin and beauty and is commonly used in fragrances and shampoos to help purify the skin. It can be purchased over-the-counter (OTC) from drugstores, and some versions are used to add flavour to baked goods and foods.
There are also many medicinal properties associated with lavender.
Lavender oil is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to heal minor burns and bug bites.
Research suggests that it may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness.
Some studies suggest that consuming lavender as a tea can help digestive issues such as vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas, upset stomach, and abdominal swelling.
In addition to helping with digestive problems, lavender is used to help relieve pain from headaches, sprains, toothaches, and sores. It can also be used to prevent hair loss.
A study published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology found that lavender oil could be effective in combating antifungal-resistant infections.
The researchers found that the oil was lethal to a range of strains that can cause disease in the skin.
In the study, the essential oils distilled from the Lavandula genus of the lavender plant seemed to work by destroying the membranes of fungal cells.
The study showed that Lavandula oil is potent and demonstrates antifungal activity on a wide spectrum.
A study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine compared the effects of several treatments for wound healing.
The researchers compared the effects of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), saline solution, povidone-iodine, and lavender oil. These were applied to laboratory rats.
The study authors noted that wounds closed faster in the TENS and lavender oil groups than the control groups. These findings suggest that lavender has an acceleratory effect on wound healing.
Lavender is possibly effective for treating alopecia areata. This is a condition in which hair is lost from some or all areas of the body.
Research shows that lavender can promote hair growth by up to 44 percent after 7 months of treatment.
Non-sticky and non-greasy, easily absorbed gel enhanced with Lavender Essential Oil and extracts of Comfrey, Chamomile & Ginseng. Suitable for all over application.
Directions for use: Can be applied to face, eye contour areas, neck, hands, body and feet. Patch test a small area before use. Discontinue use if any reaction or allergy is evident. Avoid getting into eyes and contact with mucous membranes.
For external use only:
Wash hands after use. Ingredients: Aqua, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Lavandula angustifolia Oil, Tetrasodium EDTA, Panax ginseng Root Extract, Lavandula angustifolia Flower Extract, Chamomilla recutita Flower Extract, Symphytum officinale Leaf Extract, Linalool, Limonene. Paraben & MI free. Made in the UK