Growing Lavender

How to plant, care and utilize lavender, and why it is one of the world’s most popular perennials

Image of lavender plants and a bee

Lavenders look stunning and their healing qualities go back many centuries. Below are some health benefits of using lavender:

Improves digestion

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.

Induces sleep

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.

Promotes relaxation

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.

Relieves pain

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 acneeczema 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.

Sources: 

“How to Grow Lavender” by Dr. Mercola

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