There’s a reason we include lavender in our Detox Tea Evening. Besides it’s delicious scent, lavender has a number of health benefits, too.
Reduces anxiety and stress
Lavender is an antioxidant. It has an impact on the endocrine system of the body, allowing it to reduce levels of stress in the body. The most effective way to use lavender to improve stress and anxiety is through brewing lavender tea. You can also use lavender oil to reduce stress and anxiety. Rub the oil onto your temples – it’s best to do this when you have time to relax for 5 minutes!
You wouldn’t be the first person to think that lavender aiding sleep is just psychological. But there have actually been studies to prove it. One by the University of Southampton found that lavender can increase your sleep quality by 20% (1). It’s success at improving insomnia is linked with reducing stress and aiding relaxation.
Lavender is very soothing, which means in oil form it can be good for burns (including sunburn). When it is had as a tea, lavender has anti-inflammatory properties that can help your insides, too. It can be useful for settling a sore stomach, or even abdominal swelling!
Lavender is anti-bacterial and anti-viral. This means it is a good companion to a cold and can help fight infections when used as oil.
Studies have revealed that lavender oil is great for your hair. In fact, it is an effective treatment for alopecia! (2) Massage a few drops of oil into your scalp before bed – make sure you cover any thinning areas.
Because the scent of lavender is relaxing, lavender tea has a good impact on your heart health. It can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, especially useful at the end of the day when you’re looking to relax!