How to plant, care and utilize lavender, and why it is one of the world’s most popular perennials
Lavenders look stunning and their healing qualities go back many centuries. Below are some health benefits of using lavender:
Lavender is thought to improve your digestion by stimulating the production of bile and gastric juices. As such, it may help alleviate conditions like diarrhea, flatulence, indigestion and stomach pain.
Lavender is widely known as a nondrug alternative to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders. For calmer, more restful sleep, apply a few drops of lavender oil to your wrists or the bottom of your feet, or, as spritz for your bedding as demonstrated in the video above.
Lavender is easily recognizable by its calming scent, which soothes frayed nerves and relieves anxiety. As such, lavender has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of depression, emotional stress, headaches, migraines and nervous tension.
Applying lavender essential oil to your muscles on your own, or as part of regular massage treatments, helps to relieve muscle and joint pain, stiffness and soreness.
Soothes respiratory disorders
When diffused into the air, lavender essential oil can help treat respiratory illnesses such as asthma, colds, coughs and the flu. For additional relief, you may apply lavender oil to your chest, neck or back using a carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil.
Treats skin conditions
Given its strong antifungal properties,7 lavender essential oil is commonly used to treat inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis, among others. Because it supports the formation of scar tissue, you can also use lavender oil to speed the healing of burns (including sunburn), cuts and wounds.
DIY Garden also offers some fantastic tips on how to care for your lavender. These tips include pruning techniques, the lighting requirements, watering guidelines, what are the right soil conditions and using the right fertilizer. You can read more from their fantastic guide here!
“How to Grow Lavender” by Dr. Mercola