The Real Benefits Of Lavender

When you think of lavender, you probably think of its calming properties and unique soothing scent. While those are key characteristics of this plant, it has a host of other health benefits.

It's no secret that lavender is used to help people calm down and sleep better at night. It's hard to find a nighttime lotion or room spray that doesn't contain lavender oil! Turns out, there's quite a bit of science behind this scent. Multiple studies have suggested that using lavender aromatherapy can help people fall asleep faster and get a better night's sleep (via Verywell Mind).

Another benefit that goes hand in hand with sleep is lavender's ability to reduce anxiety symptoms. Several studies have indicated that breathing in the scent of lavender can help reduce temporary anxiety symptoms. It may also help alleviate symptoms in people diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, but its effectiveness will vary greatly depending on someone's unique diagnosis. It should also be noted that there have not been many large-scale clinical studies about these potential benefits.

Lavender has many topical benefits as well

In addition to its aromatherapy benefits, lavender can be used topically to help with a variety of ailments. One study has shown that this plant has anti-fungal properties that can be effective in treating fungal infections (via Medical News Today). Another study showed that lavender oil may help accelerate the healing process of wounds. Yet another study suggested that it may promote hair growth in people who have experienced hair loss from alopecia areata.

Lavender can be used as a natural pain remedy when used topically and through aromatherapy (via Everyday Health). Some people have found success in using this remedy with arthritis, labor pains, headaches, and more. However, you should speak to a doctor if you are experiencing significant pain because you may prefer a prescribed treatment instead.

While lavender has many promising benefits, Medical News Today noted that there is not enough sufficient evidence to say it is effective in treating depression, colic, constipation, nausea, migraines, ear infections, high blood pressure, and eczema. Some people may have experienced success in using lavender to treat these conditions, but you should speak to a doctor before trying to use it.