Lavender: Lovely Smelling, Multi-Purpose Health Aid

I remember when I was first introduced to lavender oil I was not that thrilled by the smell…..seemed too medicinal or something for me. But somewhere along the way that all changed and now I can’t get enough of that soothing, uplifting aroma! And I was pleasantly surprised recently to find out lavender oil has even more health benefits than I realized, plus ranks very high on the vibrational scale, second only to rose (my favorite smell!)….

Woman picking lavender flowers in the garden, holding garden basket trug of harvested flower stems

Photo copyrighted by Judy White

(From Natural News by P. Simard) Lavender, also under the scientific names of lavandula angustifolia or lavandula officinalis, is a sensational herb. It is well known for its commercial use in a wide array of products and very appreciated for its fragrance, but in order to fully benefit from it, it is best to use lavender as an essential oil with the help of a diffuser.

Mr. Bruce Tainio from Tainio Technology created and constructed a product he called the BT3 frequency monitoring system. Through his machine, he was then able to get the bio-electrical frequencies of mainly plant nutrients and essential oils. Mr. Tainio was basically continuing the research in regards to the correlation between certain frequencies and overall health, initially started by Dr. Royal R. Rife many decades ago.

Mr. Tainio measured the frequencies of many essential oils during his research and lavender came second on his list at 118 MHz, as it seems that only the rose or Rosa damascene essential oil was significantly higher at 320 MHz. For comparison purposes based on his findings, fresh produce had a frequency up to 15 MHz, dry herbs from 12 to 22 MHz and fresh herbs from 20 to 27 MHz. It’s really no surprise that processed and canned foods had absolutely no noticeable frequencies at all.

Mr. Tainio also found a way to calibrate a human’s vibrational frequency by taking measures on different areas of the body and then averaging those scores together. His findings indicate that the frequency of a healthy human being shows a range of 62 to 68 MHz.

Dr. Richard Gerber, author of Vibrational Medicine, believes that one of the easiest ways to reverse dysfunctional energetic patterns in our bodies is to administer therapeutic doses in the form of vibrational medicines. Researcher Jim Oschman, who wrote Energy Medicine, says that therapeutic grade essential oils induce frequencies that can naturally restore the healthy frequencies of our bodies, while pharmaceuticals and synthetic oils do not.

So what are some of the known health benefits of lavender ?

The lavender essential oil delivers a soothing aroma which makes it an appropriate tonic for the nerves and various anxiety problems. It is considered a viable alternative to help treat conditions such migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. The lavender aroma diminishes nervous exhaustion, restlessness and eases mental activity which paves the way to better sleep.

A research project was conducted by psychologists from the Wesleyan University, using thirty one test subjects. The individuals were asked to inhale lavender essential oil before going to bed and then simply inhale distilled water the following night. The scientists monitored their sleep patterns by using brain scans and soon realized that the individuals slept more soundly after inhaling the lavender oil. The subjects also reported feeling more energetic the next morning.

Lavender essential oil also displays promising results in treating hair loss, in particular with patients suffering from alopecia, an autoimmune condition where the hair follicles are rejected by the body. In Scotland, a study showed that 40% of alopecia test subjects reported an increase in hair growth after regularly rubbing lavender essential oil on their scalp.

 

Another article that will have you appreciating the smell and benefits of lavender even more….

(From NaturalNews, by Lance Johnson, who’s creating an all natural products movement from the ground up at: www.allnaturalfreespirit.com) A breakthrough study on essential oils, led by Dr. Mahmoud A. Saleh, reveals an elaborate list of herbs that possess powerful antioxidant properties. Using high tech gas chromatography/mass spectrometry technology, Saleh was able to isolate a very powerful group of essential oils that exhibit strong free radical scavenging activity at concentrations of just 5mg /mL.

Natural News science also confirms that essential oils of rosemary and lavender reduce stress and stimulate free radical scavenging activity just by smelling them.

This means that just by sniffing lavender or rosemary, the body can increase its disease fighting potential tremendously, helping the body protect cells from free radical damage.

This is great news for the natural product industry, which typically uses essential oils to enliven their products. This is also good news for the future of food science. Essential oils are a disease prevention powerhouse and would be great replacements for food additives like artificial flavorings and chemical sweeteners.

Uncontrolled levels of free radicals destroy human cells

At the cellular level, the uncontrolled production of oxygen-derived free radicals is capable of oxidizing bio-molecules, eliciting cell death and tissue damage. Free radical damage shows up in people as inflammation, aging, and carcinogenesis.

Free radical damage is countered by the presence of antioxidant activity. Antioxidants like superoxide dismutase, catalase, polyphenols and glutathione are oxidative enzymes that protect against oxidative stress at the cellular level. When these antioxidant protectors are unbalanced, diseases can easily set in.

17 essential oils that exhibit the highest free radical scavenging activity

In his study, Dr. Saleh studied the antioxidant properties of 248 medicinal, herbal essential oils.
Saleh’s process began with adding .5 mL methanolic solution of each of oil to 2.0 mL of a .02 mM methanolic DPPH solution. Three final concentrations were studied: 100 mg, 25 mg and 5mg. The results revealed that 60 of the oils expressed high antioxidant levels at concentrations of 100 mg/mL. 27 of the oils were active at 25 mg/mL, and a very powerful group of 17 oils were active at 5 mg/mL These oils included common ones like basil, oregano, thyme, catnip, cinnamon leaf, and clove bud. Other powerful oils included blue tansy, vetiver, rose, chili pepper, allspice, wild bay, Buddha wood, laurel leaf, and Peru balsam. Saleh’s study emphasizes the importance of using essential oils in one’s daily life to help fight free radical damage.

Free radical scavenging activity obtained from breathing in lavender and rosemary

To prevent oxidative stress, the human body employs many antioxidant systems that scavenge free radicals. Human saliva itself exhibits this activity. In fact, changes in saliva cortisol levels can be observed by aromatherapy.

Natural News Science documents a publication involving 22 healthy volunteers who breathed in rosemary and lavender aroma for five minutes. After collecting the volunteer’s saliva samples, free radical scavenging activity was measured using 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl.

The results showed that free radical scavenging activity values increase by aroma-induced stimulation at low concentrations for lavender (1000 times dilution) and at high concentration for rosemary (10 times dilution) Both aromas decreased cortisol levels. No significant changes were observed in sIgA or alpha-amylase but the findings do reveal that both lavender and rosemary decrease the release of stress hormone cortisol and enhance free radical scavenging activity. 

The natural product industry should be excited with these discoveries, as well as food scientists. Adding essential oils to foods and products is the future and will promote disease prevention in the years to come.

And here’s something for you to try….

 

FYI, you can get lavender essential oil and products containing lavender, plus the other ingredients for this spa treatment, at discount prices at Vitacost.com, one of my favorite on-line places.  Plus, if you are new to Vitacost and shop through the link on my website, plus spend a certain amount (I believe it’s $25), you will get a $10 coupon to use.

 iHerb.com is another good discount place to shop (use code CJG192 if you are a new customer and spend more than $40 and you will get $10 off and free shipping, plus can choose something from their free samples and take advantage of their wonderful trial offer section).

BTW, one of my favorite lavender-infused products is the Organic Healing Moisturizing Balm from 100% Pure. I found this when I was looking for something after having surgery on my face and was in need of something special to help heal my traumatized skin. It’s very concentrated, so I combine it with tamanu oil to make it easier to smooth on, plus more effective on scar tissue, and I end up with the best smelling (at least in my opinion), most wonderful feeling treatment for my face. 100% Pure makes the highest quality personal care items, using no synthetic fragrances, chemicals or preservatives, plus their items are vegan and gluten-free. They even use natural coloring agents from fruits and vegetables, instead of chemicals or dyes, in their mascara, lip tints, blusher, etc.  Love, love, love them!

Stay tuned for a post on using lavender for drug-resistant infections and migraines! And read more about the many benefits of rosemary in a previous Self-help Health post here.

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

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