Lavender is a plant native to the mountainous terrain around the Mediterranean, where the sun is abundant and the habitat is composed mostly of stones. Nowadays, it grows throughout Europe, Australia and the United States.
Its structure is that of a short shrub with many branches. It can grow to a height of up to 24 inches (60 cm). It has a broad root and woody branches, with green shoots that stand upright and narrow leaves.
The flowers of this plant have a fragrant scent and a blue violet color, and are arranged in spirals. The lavender flowers are the only part of the plant used in traditional and modern medicine. Oil is extracted from the fresh flowers and used for a number of treatments.
Medicinal Uses for Lavender
Numerous studies have shown that the essential oil extracted from this plant’s flowers is beneficial for many conditions. These include insomnia, anxiety, stress, hair loss and post-op pain. This plant is also being studied for antibacterial and antiviral properties in order for it to be incorporated into clinical trials. The oil from this plant is also used in aromatherapy, acupuncture, and massage therapy.
Aromatherapy with this plant is known to slow the activity of the nervous system. This leads to an improvement of sleep quality, an overall relaxed mood and a relief for people who suffer from sleep disorders. The same benefits can be reached through massage therapy using lavender essential oils. Drinking tea made from this plant before going to sleep also improves the quality of the REM sleep and guarantees a goodnight’s rest.