Lavender - a plant native to North Africa and the mountainous areas of the Mediterranean. Lavender is often used in perfumes and cosmetics. However, this plant also has many medicinal properties.
Lavender is grown for the production of essential oil from it
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. It is believed that lavender oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, so it can be used in the treatment of minor burns and insect bites.
Studies have shown that the essential oil of lavender may be useful in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, depression
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There is even speculation that lavender can help with such digestive problems like vomiting, nausea, bloating, indigestion, abdominal swelling.
Lavender is also used to relieve pain, including headache and toothache. It also helps to prevent hair loss and serves as a repellent against insects.
Research has shown that lethal lavender oil for a wide range of strains of fungi that cause skin diseases. It destroys the membrane of fungal cells. Now clinical trials are needed to go from laboratory experiments in practice.
Laboratory studies have shown that transcutaneous electrical nerve and lavender oil wounds heal faster than physiologic saline, and povidone-iodine.
Natural medicine is currently evaluating a lavender as possible an effective treatment for alopecia Areata, a condition in which hair falls out in some areas of the body or the whole body. There is evidence that lavender can accelerate hair growth up to 44% after seven months of treatment.
Studies have shown that the drug Silexan, representing lavender oil in gelatin capsules 80 mg, two weeks of treatment had a beneficial effect on patients with general anxiety disorder and subsyndromal anxiety. He eased symptoms such as poor sleep, somatic complaints, decreased quality of life. Apart from minor gastrointestinal disorders, drug had no side effects.
Fear of dental treatment
The scent of lavender can help patients who are afraid to treat teeth. Many people experience a lot of stress
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during visits to the dentist, postponing them for a long time.
During the study, 340 adult patients, half of them smelled of lavender and half - no. No matter how serious was the process of dental treatment, lavender calming effect was obvious.
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Lavender oil can slightly reduce pain symptoms in children after tonsillectomy. During the study, which was attended by 48 children from 6 to 12 years, were divided into 2 groups of 24 people. One group was given paracetamol and the other - paracetamol plus aromatherapy with lavender oil. Within three days after the operation examined frequency of administration of paracetamol, night awakenings due to pain, and checked the intensity of pain.
The researchers reported that children in the group treated with lavender oil aromatherapy, took much less pain medication (acetaminophen) than children from the other group. However, no significant difference in pain intensity and frequency of nighttime awakenings was observed.
A significant number of women of reproductive age experience some symptoms during the premenstrual phase, commonly known as premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Although this is a very common condition, no treatment is not generally accepted effective, so many women are turning to alternative therapies, including aromatherapy.
In Japan conducted research for determining whether aromatherapy with lavender oil to help reduce the emotional discomfort during the premenstrual syndrome.
The researchers concluded that aromatherapy using lavender as a potential therapeutic agent can reduce the emotional discomfort of premenstrual syndrome.
There is some evidence that use of lavender aromatherapy can help with the following conditions:
- Psychological discomfort
- As insect repellent
One study conducted in Korea, found that the scent of lavender has a positive effect for insomnia and depression in women - students of one of the colleges. However, the authors point out that the need to re-research to establish effective proportion of lavender essential oil and oil-conductor for the treatment of insomnia and depression.
Interaction with Drug
Scientists warn that care should be taken with a combination of lavender with the following medications:
- Barbiturates - Lavender may enhance the sedative effect of these drugs, and their joint human consumption may be very sleepy
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- Benzodiazepines - Mixing lavender benzodiazepines may also enhance the sedative effect of these drugs.
- Chloral hydrate - Lavender increases the effects of chloral hydrate, causing extreme lethargy and drowsiness.
Risks and warnings
One study found that repeated outdoor use lavender oil may cause prepubertal gynecomastia - a condition in which the boys before puberty increase breast.
In addition, the safety of lavender during pregnancy and lactation is not fully confirmed. If you plan to use lavender during pregnancy or breast-feeding, consult your doctor.
Because lavender is considered a means of slowing down the central nervous system, doctors advise patients to stop using lavender at least two weeks prior to surgery.