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Health Benefits of Lavender

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Lavender's usage has been documented for about 2,000 years. Lavender is derived from the Latin word lavare, which means "to wash." The Greeks and Egyptians, two of the world's ancient cultures, are known to have used it for fragrances and therapeutic uses.

Supporting mental health, reducing headaches and migraines, curing acne, soothing pain, being useful in battling respiratory disorders, supporting general brain health, acting as an insect repellent, and a source of antioxidants are just a few of the lavender health benefits.

It's also referenced in the Bible, how it was used on infant Jesus and during his burial. It's a mint-family plant with more than 30 distinct species. In ancient Egypt, lavender was a necessary component for mummification process.

According to legend, lavender has potent antibacterial qualities that may help fight contagions and plague-like disorders. The aroma of lavender was considered to be especially appealing to the queen of England during the Victorian era. Her use of lavender as a perfume inspired other upper-class ladies to do the same. This resulted in a rise in product sales around the country. They also grew lavender in their gardens and used it as lawn trimmings.

Rich in Antioxidants

Lavender essential oil increases the activity of antioxidants such as glutathione and superoxide dismutase (SOD) in the body. These may help in the prevention of free radical damage.

Has Calcium

Depending on a person's age, calcium is required by the human body in amounts ranging from 100 mg to 1,200 mg per day. Lavender contains roughly 215 mg of calcium in a single serving. So, consume your daily suggested intake of calcium if you want healthy bones. You may also use it to alleviate the symptoms of osteoporosis. Premenstrual symptoms may also be relieved with it. Lavender teas are an effective treatment for this.

Contains Iron

Iron has to be consumed between 9 and 10 milligrams per day. Lavender contains 2 mg of iron per serving. Iron is a necessary component in the production of myoglobin and hemoglobin, which are present in the blood. In brief, lavender intake may help prevent anemia, weariness, and other medical disorders associated with iron deficiency.

May Help in Pain Relief

Having sore and stiff muscles after an exercise or sitting slumped over a laptop may be very unpleasant. Lumbago, sprains, backaches, and rheumatism may all be relieved with lavender essential oil. Massaging with lavender oil may also help relieve joint pain. According to research on postoperative pain management, adding lavender vapor to the oxygen made the patient feel better than just using regular oxygen.

Bug Repellant

Lavender oil may be used on the skin to repel insects such as mosquitoes, midges, and moths. The lavender's scent is said to be effective against these insects and may help avoid bites.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sterling, Va.

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