Lavender: Benefits, Side Effects, Interactions and Dosage

Lavender Ingredient
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About Lavender

This herbal plant is grown for its spikes of sweet scented purple flowers, along with its beneficial healing properties. Its soothing aroma can be found in perfumes, lotions, and scented decorations and the herbal plant is also used to add a unique flavor to certain dishes. It can also be used to treat* a variety of other ailments, which explains its popularity in many herb gardens.

Where Does it Come From?

Lavender is a herb that can be found growing throughout the world. It is most commonly found in Northern Europe and America and is often used to treat* a variety of health conditions. Its soothing aroma also makes it a popular additive in scented decorations, and lavender oil is thought to be able to help aid in relaxation. Both the flowers and the oil from the herbal plant can be found in a variety of products that can include everything from cosmetics to natural supplements.

Health Benefits of Lavender

There are several health benefits associated with lavender that can include its ability to treat* headaches, sore teeth, sprains, along with joint and nerve pain. Some patients use lavender supplements to help ease the symptoms of certain cancers though it should be noted that there is not any scientific evidence to back up this theory. While lavender is considered an herbal remedy, you should always consult a health care professional before adding any supplement to your daily routine.

Health Benefits Of Lavender

Research has shown that the scent of lavender can help aid in relaxing tight muscles, and ease high levels of stress and tension. The aromatic fragrance is also thought to act as a mild sedative helping to promote healthy sleep patterns naturally. Studies have also shown the scent of lavender to promote faster healing in some women recovering from a C-section, and the oil can also help to relieve canker sores. When lavender oil is mixed with other natural ingredients, it has also shown to be mildly effective in helping to promote healthy hair growth to treat* male pattern baldness.

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What are the Potential Side Effects of Lavender?

In almost all cases, lavender oil is safe for adults to ingest or apply to their skin, but it is always a good idea to consult a health care professional if you have any concerns. Some of the possible side effects associated with the aromatic herb include headache, constipation, or a noticeable increase* in your appetite. In most cases these side effects are minimal, and will disappear after a few hours. Lavender might not be safe for younger boys before they have reached puberty, and should not be taken by women who are nursing or pregnant. If you have any additional questions, a healthcare professional should be contacted.

Recommend Dosage and Timing for Lavender

It should be noted that lavender oil has not been studied in all of its applications, and your health care provider can help you work out a safe and healthy dosing amount and schedule. Researchers have studied the herb’s effect on promoting hair growth, and recommend applying 3 drops of the oil to your scalp at night. In most cases, this dosage is also appropriate for using lavender oil as flavoring, and it can also be massaged into your joints to help ease inflammation. As previously mentioned, testing is still ongoing concerning lavender oil and any dosage should first be discussed with a health care professional.

Use of Lavender in Supplements

In most applications, the oil is used by itself, by Lavender has proven to be effective in slowing hair loss, and improving* regrowth when it is combined with other natural ingredients. A mix of lavender, rosemary, thyme, and cedarwood oil has shown it is be almost 44 percent effective at re-growing hair in some people after several months of continual use. It should be noted that these studies are still ongoing, but the results are promising for people suffering from embarrassing bald spots.

Lavender Interactions

This herb can promote relaxation and sleepiness, and should not be taken with other sedatives. It is important to mention that lavender will interact dangerously with chloral hydrate, and should not be taken with each other. Before adding this herb as flavoring for your food and drinks, or using it as a natural remedy it is important to speak with a health care professional to avoid any dangerous interactions. This can also help you avoid an irritating allergic reaction to the flowering plant.

Conclusion

Lavender is a flowering herb that can be found in a variety of different products and is often used for its pleasant, relaxing fragrance. Not only can the herb ease stress and tension, it has also shown to be effective in helping to promote healthy hair growth. While the herb is considered safe to use, it is always a good idea to check with a healthcare professional before starting any new herbal treatment.

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Expert Author : Ella James (Consumer Health Digest)

Ella James is a freelance journalist who specializes in fitness, health, nutrition and travel. Currently, she is a contributing editor for Consumer Health Digest as well as regularly writes for publications including All You, Shape, Self, Weight Watchers, Women’s Health, Real Simple, Prevention and Fitness.