Lavender Health Benefits & Uses: A Flower as an Ingredient to Soothe?

Introduction

Lavenders are truly lovely, aren't they? This rich purple flower makes a statement with an utmost soothing scent and is one of the most beloved plants globally. Due to its versatility, it's one of the finest plants to enjoy when you need a bit of beauty and calm in your life.

Today, lavender is more than just a fragrant plant. Aside from it's relaxing floral scent that makes it iconic worldwide, this herb is also commonly harvested to produce botanicals and skincare products with medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Hence, if you're dealing with a few medical issues of your own and don't want to risk the unpleasant side effects of many over-the-counter and prescription medicines, here's a look at the potential health perks of the delicious floral delight - Bird's Nest with Lavender.

Benefits

MOOD DISORDERS

Lavender is widely used as an organic way to stabilize one's mood, relieve anxiety, and help with depression, stress, and fatigue. Safe for the young and the elderly, researchers believe lavender works directly on the nervous system to inhibit GABA receptors. Studies suggest that compounds in lavender work by mimicking the role of neurotransmitters, helping to boost mood and induce a calming effect. The plant has proven so powerful it is now the staple ingredient in Silexan, a lavender supplement approved in Germany to treat anxiety.

BOOST SLEEP

The scent of lavender is tightly associated with relaxation. Have you noticed that many pillow mists and sleep balms contain lavender as the main ingredient? According to scientific studies, lavender stimulates dopamine production and reduces the stress hormone known as cortisol, thus calming brain function by triggering chemical reactions in the nervous system. Lavender also increases the percentage of deep slow-wave sleep, which is considered the restorative sleep phase. Drink Bird's Nest with Lavender before bed to help you achieve more restful sleep.

GASTROINTESTINAL ISSUES

The health benefits of Lavender are far-reaching and extend to our gastrointestinal system. Beneficial in helping an individual deal with various gastrointestinal issues, Lavender holds the cure when you experience digestion problems.

Anti-inflammatory properties may help soothe digestive issues and enhance overall mineral uptake by decreasing inflammation that causes abdominal pain. What's more, the scent of Lavender is effective in streamlining the digestive process, and inhaling the fragrance also helps stimulate the production of bile, aiding the body breakdown food more efficiently. Lavender also possesses antispasmodic effects, relieving muscle spasms that can cause nausea and cramps while easing gas and bloating symptoms.

BALANCING IMMUNE HEALTH

Lavender can help support your immune system during times of stress and anxiety. Studies have shown that Lavender might help balance the overall immune system because of its anti-inflammatory properties. While inflammation is a standard part of the healing process, chronic inflammation can cause severe problems from arthritis to a heart attack. Anti-inflammatory properties in lavender work to decrease inflammation and improve circulation in blood vessels.

High amounts of antibacterial and antioxidant compounds in Lavender can also help fend off the common cold and flu. The antioxidants in Lavender may help fight free radicals that can cause oxidative stress — a process that results in the breakdown of healthy cell functions. Along with calcium and magnesium, these nutrients support immune and bone health, making it easier for the human body to fight off infections.

Bird's Nest with Lavender

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