Three health benefits of lavender

There are many benefits to purchasing soaps that are made with a more natural set of ingredients. For starters, the products will lack potentially harmful artificial chemicals. Another benefit is that some of the ingredients could even have positive effects on physical and mental health. A selection of soaps feature lavender as an ingredient and it is something that offers potential benefits for the human body. With this in mind, here are 3 suggested benefits of lavender:

Healing Wounds Faster

Researchers compared the effects of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, known as TENS, saline solution, povidone-iodine and lavender oil, with the test subjects being laboratory rats. Here is what the experiment found, in terms of wounds and the effects of lavender relating to the healing process: wounds did close faster in the TENS and lavender oil groups compared to the control groups. The suggestion being that lavender has an accelerator effect on the healing of wounds.

Hair Loss

Another interesting potential benefit of lavender is that it could be an effective treatment for alopecia areata, a condition which sees hair loss occur from some or all areas of the body. Going back to 1998, research showed that lavender can promote hair growth by up to 44 % after a 7 month treatment period. But there was also a more recent study where researchers discovered that applying lavender oil to the backs of mice helped promote hair growth over a 4-week course.

Anxiety and Related Conditions

The International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice contained a review article which looked at how effective Silexan (a lavender-oil preparation) might be for patients with a range of anxiety disorders. Those taking part in the study found that Silexan has an anxiolytic, or anxiety-reducing effect on patients that have generalised or subsyndromal anxiety within the space of 2 weeks.

Researchers have also looked into if the scent of lavender could help anxious dental patients. They did this by measuring the anxiety levels of 340 adult patients who were waiting at the dentist for their appointments. They exposed half of the patents to the lavender scent. The team found that those that were exposed to the lavender reported a lower level of anxiety compared to the other set of patients. Dr M. Kritsidima who was the study author commented: “Our findings suggest that lavender could certainly be used as an effective ‘on-the-spot’ anxiety reduction in the dentists’ waiting rooms.”

So, to summarise, lavender seems to have the potential to provide a sense of calm for patients attending a treatment however it does not seem to impact anxiety regarding future dental visits

In this article, we have looked at just 3 of plenty more benefits that lavender could provide. In future articles, we can focus on some of these other benefits but hopefully, you have found the ones featured here to be interesting, and it may even persuade you to seek out a natural soap or other cosmetic product that contains lavender in the near future.

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