Lavender - Best known for its fragrant purple blossoms, lavender is a perennial plant (regrows every year) that’s also known for its health benefits.
- Supports sleep: Some studies suggest lavender can improve your body’s melatonin levels, supporting a better night’s rest.
- Reduces pain and inflammation: Research has shown that lavender essential oil can help reduce headache pain.
- Helps with mood, anxiety and depression: “Lavender is known for its ability to calm the nervous system, lift the mood and even lower blood pressure, “Research links lavender usage to less anxiety and depression.”
- Relieves menstrual pain: In one study, women who smelled lavender for 30 minutes a day during the first three days of their period had less pain after two months. Other research has linked applying lavender essential oil to the abdomen with less menstrual pain.
- Kills harmful viruses and bacteria: “Before we had antiseptics, people used lavender to clean hospital wards,” “It’s still used for its antimicrobial and antiviral properties.”
- Reducing colic symptoms: One study found that aromatherapy massage using lavender oil was effective in reducing colic symptoms in infants, including how long they cried per week.
Additionally, an animal-based study found that lavender oil aided wound healing by improving the skin’s ability to produce