5 Healing Effects of Lavender

Unique uses for the purple plant

Discover how to use this soothing herb to calm your stomach, mind, and skin.

Fight dandruff

Got flakes? “LLavander oil can help scalp conditions. To make gentle dandruff remedy”:

Wet hair with warm water and towel dry. next, grab a mug and mix 15 drops of lavaender essential oil in2 tablespoons olive or almond oil.

Microwave for about 10 seconds or untill it feels warm. Massage the oil into your scalp, pop on a shower cap, let set for an hour, then shampo out. “It may take several treatments to see benefits,

Bust bloating

Bloating and poor digestion can result from an overgrowth of “bad” bacteria (which can happen when you take antibiotics). “The polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) in lavender can help reduce the ‘bad’ bacteria in your gut. For its de-puff perks, sprinkle dried culinary lavender onto Greek yogurt (also gut friendly).

It helps you relax

You may have heard that breathing in the smell of lavender makes you drowsy; turns out, it’s true. Research shows the scent lowers heart rate and blood pressure, putting you in a relaxed state. To set yourself up for zzz’s, put a handful of dried lavender in a vase on your nightstand—or use a diffuser with lavender oil.

But note: “Lavender isn’t a game-changer unless you practice other sleep-promoting habits. Start to avoid caffeine 10 hours before bed, keep gadgets silent, and turn in at the same time every night.

Calm itchy skin

So you’re a mosquito magnet? Get the itch out with lavender essential oil. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory, so it helps reduce itching, swelling, and redness . Dab a drop or two on the area and wait about 15 minutes for it to seep in (but stop if skin becomes more irritated). Apply as needed every six to eight hours for the next 24 hours.

Healthy up your meal

Add lavender’s phytonutrients (good-for-you plant compounds) to any meal by using herbes de Provence (available at grocery stores). Sprinkle the lavender-based spice blend onto sauteed or grilled meats, poultry, vegetables, and even whole-grain pilafs (barley, couscous, brown rice), . Voila!

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