You may think of lavender as a mere scent that is found in soaps or air fresheners or maybe simply a pretty flower. But the delicate purple blossoms of the plant offer many health benefits that you may not be aware of. For instance, did you know that the herb has a long history of medicinal use? Lavender has been used as an antiseptic to treat sinus and lung infections, among other ailments.
Lavender offers many calming benefits, too. Research has shown that the scent of the flower can lower heart rate and blood pressure, putting someone in a more relaxed state. Don’t expect lavender to put you to sleep if you have bad sleep habits, but it can help you relax when it is time for bed.
And lavender won’t just mellow you out mentally, the essential oil of the plant can soothe and heal your skin as well, helping with itchiness, redness or swelling. Massage Envy has incorporated those benefits into its AromaTherapy enhancement for massages, Lavender Garden, which uses English true lavender to both reduce pain and inflammation, and act as a mild antidepressant and calming agent. The lavender in the massage enhancement also helps support the respiratory system, aid in natural detoxification and promote restful sleep.
Interestingly enough, lavender can also help when eaten. Lavender tastes good in a variety of sweet and savory dishes, from desserts to meats, and it contains good-for-you plant compounds, aka phytonutrients. What’s more, it has been shown to reduce the bloating that comes from taking antibiotics. Antibiotics can increase the bad bacteria in your gut, and lavender’s polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) can help reduce those bacteria.
Christopher Stipp is the Director of Online Marketing for Massage Envy Spa. Connect with Christopher on Google+.