Healthy Living Tip #9: Lavender

Healthy living tip, lavender. Discover the health benefits of this amazing plant. AlexisMathews.com

In day 9 of my 31 Days of Healthy Living Tips we will look at the health benefits of lavender. Whether in tea, oil or herbal form lavender has a wide variety of health benefits.

Health Benefits of Lavender Tea & Essential Oil

1. Relaxation

The scent of lavender when inhaled through a glass of hot tea or through aromatherapy using lavender oil promotes relaxation. Inhaling lavender has been shown to slow down the central nervous system thereby promoting relaxation. The action on the nervous system can help with stress, insomnia, anxiety, and depression.

2. Digestion Issues

Lavender tea is great for helping with an upset stomach, nervous stomach, and indigestion. The oils in the tea are thought to act on the smooth muscle of the intestine, as seen in animal studies. A study published in the November 2004 “Life Sciences” journal reported that lavender oils protected against the formation of gastric ulcers in rats and relieved indigestion.

3. Convulsions & Spasms

Lavender oil is thought to act on the calcium channel in cells thereby reducing the effects of convulsions and spasms.

Health Benefits of Herbal Lavender

1. Vitamin A

Herbal lavender when added to food is a low source of vitamin A. However, the vitamin A in floral lavender is excellent for eye health. Adding herbal lavender to your recipes can help prevent macular degeneration, cataracts, night blindness, dry eyes, and eye infections.

2. Calcium

Floral lavender is a moderate source of calcium in your daily diet. When added to recipes this herb can help ward off osteoporosis and ease the symptoms of your menstrual cycle.

3. Iron

Eating lavender will add a significant amount of iron to your diet. Iron is necessary for the formation of red blood cells. Low iron levels will lead to anemia and fatigue.

Safety Concerns of Lavender

Lavender in either herbal or oil form has no known interferences. However, it is recommended that if you are taking medications for anxiety or pain you may want to avoid lavender as it could enhance the effects of these drugs.