Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Lavender health tonic

While lavender is clearly a fragrant scent, research supports its health-boosting benefits as well.
"There are lots of different medicinal uses for lavender," says Dr. Michael D. Seidman, medical director of Henry Ford Health System's Center for Integrative Medicine in Northville.
"There is definitive evidence that it reduces anxiety, depression and insomnia. It helps stimulate appetite and relieves gas and migraines. And it can help soreness from arthritis."
There are also limited studies on animals showing that a substance in lavender, perillyl alcohol, kills some cancer cells, Seidman says.
It has been proven safe in human trials, but there hasn't been enough research to prove its effectiveness in fighting cancer.
Seidman advises people buying lavender for medicinal purposes to seek high-quality products that haven't been blended with lots of other ingredients. He suggests buying from small stores where sellers tend to know their products - Cassandra Spratling Detroit Free Press

Lavender oil is also an excellent treatment for burns.
We add lavender essential oil to several of our healing creams and oils containing Manuka oil and Manuka honey.
Lavender is known to calm the skin and is a very valuable ingredient in natural formulations used to treat eczema and dermatitis.

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