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LAVENDER

LAVENDER
Lavender, also known as French Lavender is an aromatic plant with great cosmetic and medicinal value. It is widely used in aromatherapy for relaxation of mind and body. Lavender essential oil is mainly used in the preparation of cosmetics such as hair shampoos, bath salt, fragrant formulations, food products, medicinal products and insect repellents.
Lavender is useful in managing stress and anxiety due to its anxiolytic properties. It reduces menstrual pain or discomfort due to its relaxant and anti-spasmodic properties. Consuming Lavender tea or using Lavender essential oil for aromatherapy is beneficial for managing menstrual symptoms.
Lavender oil has various benefits for skin and hair. Applying Lavender oil along with coconut oil on the skin prevents wrinkles and signs of aging.
As per Ayurveda, Applying Lavender oil on the scalp once a day controls hair fall by balancing Vata and removing excessive dryness from the scalp.
It is advisable to avoid the excessive consumption of Lavender tea as it might cause certain side effects like nausea and vomiting[2-5][9][14][21][48].

What are the synonyms of LAVENDER?

Lavandula stoechas, Lavandula officinarum, Arabian or French Lavender, Tuntuna, Lavendra- no-phul, Ustukhudusa, Ulfajan, Heal-all[1].

What is the source of LAVENDER?

Plant Based

Benefits of LAVENDER

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Menstrual pain?

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Lavender tea might help manage menstrual pain due to its muscle relaxant and antispasmodic properties. It relieves the spasms of involuntary muscles and reduces menstrual pain. It also contains certain constituent (linalool) which has analgesic property. This property helps to reduce pain and discomfort during menstruation. Inhaling Lavender essential oil or massaging lower back with Lavender oil also helps manage menstrual pain and cramps[2-5].
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Lavender is one of the best home remedies to reduce pain during menstruation or dysmenorrhea. Dysmenorrhea is the pain or cramps during or before a menstrual period. In Ayurveda, this condition is known as Kasht-aartava. Aartava or Menstruation is controlled and governed by Vata dosha. So it is important that in a woman, Vata should be under control to manage dysmenorrhea. Lavender has Vata balancing property and gives relief in dysmenorrhea. Drinking Lavender tea helps control aggravated Vata and reduces abdominal pain and cramps during menstruation.

Tips for making Lavender tea at home.
1. Boil 200-250ml water in a teapot.
2. Add a few lavender flowers to it.
3. Let the flowers steep in the water for about 5 minutes. You can steep them longer (as per your requirement).
4. Remove the flowers from the tea by filtering or straining the liquid into a cup.
5. You can enjoy lavender tea during bedtime or whenever you need.

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Loss of appetite?

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Lavender tea might help manage loss of appetite. This is due to its appetite stimulant property. It stimulates hunger and increases food consumption[6].

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Nausea?

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Although enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of Lavender in Nausea. However, it might act as an antiemetic (agent that is effective against nausea) in combination with other herbs like ginger and fennel[7].

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Toothache?

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Although enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of Lavender in toothache. However, it had been used to manage pain in teeth[8].

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Vomiting?

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Lavender might be helpful in vomiting due to its antiemetic property. It helps ease the symptoms of nausea or vomiting when used in combination with other herbs like ginger and fennel[7].

How effective is LAVENDER?

Likely effective
Menstrual pain
Insufficient evidence
Loss of appetite, Nausea, Toothache, Vomiting

Precautions when using LAVENDER

Advice from Experts
Important
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Lavender might slow down the central nervous system when taken along with anesthesia and other medications during surgery. So, it is advisable to avoid the use of Lavender 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Breastfeeding
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Since enough scientific evidence is not available about the use of Lavender during Breastfeeding. So, it is advisable to avoid the use of Lavender or consult a physician before using Lavender during Breastfeeding[9].
Moderate Medicine Interaction
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Lavender might interact with certain sedatives like Barbiturates and cause excessive sleepiness or drowsiness. So, it is advisable to avoid the use of Lavender along with such drugs[9][10].
Pregnancy
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Since enough scientific evidence is not available about the use of Lavender in Pregnancy. So, it is advisable to avoid the use of Lavender or consult a physician before using Lavender during Pregnancy[9].
Side Effects
Important
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1. Nausea
2. vomiting
3. Constipation
4. Headache
5. Increased appetite[9][10].

How to use LAVENDER

Lavender Tea
You can make lavender tea at home by following these easy steps
Tips for making Lavender tea at home.
1. Boil 200-250ml water in a teapot.
2. Add a few lavender flowers to it.
3. Let the flowers steep in the water for about 5 minutes. You can steep them longer (as per your requirement).
4. Remove the flowers from the tea by filtering or straining the liquid into a cup.
5. You can enjoy lavender tea once or twice a day to get rid of the symptoms of menstrual pain.

Benefits of LAVENDER

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Hair loss?

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Although enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of Lavender oil in hair loss. However, some studies state that application of Lavender oil in combination with oils such as Rosemary and cedarwood might help promote hair growth. It also protects the scalp against infections due to its antibacterial property[9][12].
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Lavender oil is one of the most useful oil that is used for hair related problems. According to Ayurveda, the reason for hair fall is an aggravated Vata dosha in the body which also causes dryness on the scalp . Using Lavender oil helps in balancing Vata, removes excessive dryness and prevents hair loss.

Tips for using Lavender oil
1. Take 4-5 drops of Lavender oil or as per your requirement.
2. Dilute it with a carrier oil like rosemary or cedarwood.
3. Apply it on the scalp once a day and three times a week to get quick relief from hair fall.

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Menopausal symptoms?

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Lavender aroma might help manage menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. These symptoms are mainly associated with stress which in turn increases the levels of stress hormone (cortisol) in the body. Lavender reduces the level of stress hormones and thus manage hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms[13].

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Depression?

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Lavender oil inhalation might help manage depression. It contains certain constituents that have anti-depressant property. Studies suggest that these constituents inhibit the reuptake of certain neurotransmitters (serotonin) thus elevating the mood[14].

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Anxiety?

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Lavender oil, an important ingredient in aromatherapy, might help reduce anxiety due to its anxiolytic property. It reduces the effect of certain mediators that induce anxiety by improving signal transmission to the brain. It also reduces the severity, frequency, and duration of anxiety symptoms[14][15].
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Ayurvedic View
Lavender is useful to manage the symptoms of anxiety. According to Ayurveda, Vata governs all the movements and actions of the body and nervous system respectively. Anxiety is mainly caused due to an imbalance of Vata. Lavender helps to balance Vata and gives a calming effect to the nervous system. It has a pleasant smell due to which it is used in aromatherapy or in the form of tea.

Tips for using Lavender oil
1. Lavender oil can be used in aromatherapy to get rid of the symptoms of depression.
2. Put Lavender oil in a diffuser.
3. Place the diffuser in your bedroom to get calming benefits and get rid of the symptoms of anxiety.

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Insomnia?

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Lavender is useful in cases of Insomnia. It contains certain constituent (linalool) which has sedative properties. These constituents helps to manage sleep disorders and improve the quality of sleep[16].
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Lavender is useful to induce sound sleep. According to Ayurveda, an aggravated Vata dosha makes the nervous system sensitive which leads to Anidra (insomnia). Lavender calms the nervous system due to its Vata balancing property, thus managing insomnia.

Tips for using Lavender oil
1. Lavender oil can be used in aromatherapy to get rid of insomnia.
2. Put Lavender oil in a diffuser.
3. Place the diffuser in your bedroom to get calming benefits and sound sleep.

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Ear infection?

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Lavender might help in ear infections due to its antibacterial property. It prevents the growth of bacteria affecting the middle ear. Massaging Lavender oil around the ear also provides relief in inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory property[17-19].

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Mouth ulcers?

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Although enough scientific evidence is not available for the use of Lavender in canker sores. However, topical application of Lavender oil to the affected area might help reduce swelling and pain in canker sores due to its strong healing and anti-inflammatory properties[9][19].
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Ayurvedic View
Topical application of Lavender oil might help to reduce the symptoms of canker sores. According to Ayurveda, canker sores are frequent in individuals having high Pitta. Pitta also causes inflammation and burning in the affected area. Lavender helps to reduce inflammation as well as other symptoms due to its Ropan(healing) property. Thereby, promoting quick healing of the affected area.

Tips for using Lavender oil in canker sores
1. Take 4-5 drops of Lavender oil or as per your requirement.
2. Dilute it with a carrier oil like coconut oil.
3. Apply it on the affected area once or twice a day to get quick relief in canker sores.

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Preventing mosquito bites?

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Lavender might be used as an insect repellant due to its strong odor and soothing property. The dried flowers or whole plant of Lavender helps to keep bugs away and gives a soothing effect on bites[20].

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Stress?

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Lavender inhalation is useful in managing stress as it decreases the release of stress hormone (cortisol) from the adrenal gland. It also increases the secretion of serotonin (i.e., happy hormone) which might reduce anxiety and relieves stress. Topical application of Lavender oil is also useful in postpartum stress management[21].

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Dementia?

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Lavender aromatherapy might help in reducing certain symptoms of Dementia such as agitation due to its calming and sedative properties. It helps to calm down the individual and induces sleep which reduces the agitation associated with dementia[22][23].

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Head lice?

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Lavender oil might be used against Lice due to its antiparasitic and insecticidal properties. It helps to remove the hair lice and keeps the scalp healthy[24][25].

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Colicky pain?

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Lavender might help manage colic in infants by decreasing the cortisol (stress hormone) levels. It reduces the level of stress, caused due to prolonged crying, in infants. It also has antispasmodic property that helps to relieve the abdominal muscle spasms which might also be a reason for colic. Some studies state that abdominal massage using Lavender oil reduces the duration of weekly crying in colicky infants. Lavender bath is also effective in managing colic in infants[26][27].
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Ayurvedic View
Lavender helps to reduce the symptoms of colic which may be caused due to aggravated Vata. It leads to the formation of gas in the stomach and may cause colic pain. Using Lavender oil or bath helps to balance Vata. This releases excessive gas from the stomach and gives relief in colic.

Tips for using Lavender oil in colic
1. Take 4-5 drops of Lavender oil or as per your requirement.
2. Dilute it with a carrier oil like coconut oil.
Massage it on the affected area once or twice a day to get rid of colic pain.

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Fatigue?

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Lavender oil inhalation might help manage fatigue by reducing stress and anxiety. It has sedative and anti-anxiety properties due to which it helps to induce sleep and reduce the symptoms of anxiety. It also has calming property due to which it helps to relax the brain and gives relief in stress. Aromatherapy massage using Lavender oil might help the brain to communicate with the immune system (psychoneuroimmunology) which reduces the occurrence of fatigue[26][28].
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Ayurvedic View
Lavender is useful to manage fatigue in day to day life. Fatigue refers to a feeling of tiredness, weakness or lack of energy. According to Ayurveda, fatigue is referred to as 'klama' and is caused due to an imbalanced Kapha dosha. Lavender oil aromatherapy helps to reduce the symptoms of fatigue due to its Kapha balancing property.

Tips for using Lavender oil in fatigue.
1. Lavender oil can be used in aromatherapy to get rid of the symptoms of fatigue.
2. Put Lavender oil in a diffuser.
3. Place the diffuser in your bedroom to get calming benefits and reduce the symptoms of fatigue.
4. You can also do massage with lavender oil by adding rosemary oil to get quick relief in the symptoms of fatigue.

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Osteoarthritis?

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Lavender might help manage osteoarthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Certain constituents present in Lavender inhibits the activity of an inflammatory protein responsible for inflammation. This reduces the joint pain and swelling associated with osteoarthritis[30][31].
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Lavender oil is useful to manage pain in osteoarthritis. According to Ayurveda, osteoarthritis occurs due to an aggravation of Vata dosha and is known as Sandhivata. It causes pain, swelling, and joint immobility. Applying Lavender oil on the affected area gives relief from pain and swelling in the joints associated with osteoarthritis due to its Vata balancing property.

Tips for using Lavender oil for osteoarthritis
1. Take 4-5 drops of Lavender oil or as per your requirement.
2. Dilute it with a carrier oil like olive oil.
3. Massage it on the affected area once or twice a day to get rid of the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Pain relief?

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Lavender might help manage pain due to its analgesic property. It provides relief from pain without loss of consciousness[30][31].

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Restless leg syndrome?

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Although enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of Lavender in Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). However, Lavender massage therapy might help manage RLS in hemodialysis patients due to its muscle relaxant and sedative effects[32].

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Acne?

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Lavender oil application might help manage acne due to its antimicrobial property by inhibiting the growth of acne-causing bacteria. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent that reduces inflammation and pain associated with acne. It also lowers the rate of sebum secretion and reduces acne formation[33].
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Ayurvedic View
According to Ayurveda, a Kapha-Pitta dosha skin type is more prone to acne and pimples. Aggravation of Kapha increases sebum production which clogs the pores. This results in the formation of both white and blackheads pimples. Applying Lavender oil on the skin helps to control sebum production and gives relief in acne because of its Kapha balancing nature.

Tips for using Lavender oil on acne.
1. Take 4-5 drops of Lavender oil or as per your requirement.
2. Dilute it with a carrier oil like coconut oil.
3. Apply it on the affected area once a day and thrice a week to get rid of the symptoms of acne.

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Headache?

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Lavender might help relieve a headache that is caused by psychological tension or stress. Lavender calms down the nervous agitation and relaxes the blood vessels. It also has analgesic property which provides relief in pain[34][35].
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Lavender helps to reduce headache which may be due to stress or disturbed sleep pattern. As per Ayurveda, stress or disturbed sleep aggravates Vata which in turn can trigger a headache. Applying Lavender oil or inhaling the pleasant smell of Lavender helps reduce stress by calming the nervous system and promotes sound sleep due to its Vata balancing property.

Tips for using Lavender oil in headache.
1. Lavender oil can be used in aromatherapy to get relief from headache.
2. Put Lavender oil in a diffuser.
3. Place the diffuser in your bedroom to get calming benefits and manage headache.
4. Massaging your forehead with Lavender oil by adding some carrier oil like almond oil to it can also give quick relief in the headache.

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Migraine?

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Lavender provides relief from migraine as it soothes the nervous agitation and relaxes the blood vessels. It also has analgesic properties that helps reduce pain and manage migraine[34][35].

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Eczema?

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Eczema is a condition where inflammation, itching and red patches develop on the skin. Lavender helps manage eczema due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties. Lavender oil application gives a calming effect to the skin and reduces the itching and inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory property[36].
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Ayurvedic View
Lavender oil application helps to control eczema. Eczema is a skin condition in which skin becomes rough, blistered, inflamed, itchy and might even bleed. Applying Lavender oil reduces inflammation and promotes quick healing due to its Ropan (healing) property.

Tips for using Lavender oil in Eczema.
1. Take 4-5 drops of Lavender oil or as per your requirement
2. Dilute it with a carrier oil like coconut oil.
3. Apply this mixture on the affected area once a day and thrice a week to get rid of the symptoms of eczema.

What are the benefits of LAVENDER for Hypertension (high blood pressure)?

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Lavender aromatherapy bath might help lower the blood pressure levels due to its relaxing properties. Lavender aroma gets easily absorbed through the body, reaches blood vessels and brings a deep relaxation. This relaxation helps in lowering blood pressure[37][38].

How effective is LAVENDER?

Likely effective
Anxiety, Depression, Hair loss, Menopausal symptoms, Mouth ulcers
Insufficient evidence
Acne, Colicky pain, Dementia, Ear infection, Eczema, Fatigue, Head lice, Headache, Hypertension (high blood pressure), Insomnia, Migraine, Osteoarthritis, Pain relief, Preventing mosquito bites, Restless leg syndrome, Stress

Precautions when using LAVENDER

Advice from Experts
Important
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Direct application of Lavender oil on the skin might cause irritation or itching. So, it is advisable to use it in combination with some carrier oil like coconut oil, olive oil, etc.
Allergy
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Topical application of Lavender oil might cause allergic reactions like skin irritation and dermatitis in some people. So, it is advisable to consult a physician before using Lavender oil on the skin[9][39].
Side Effects
Important
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1. Skin pigmentation
2. Photosensitization[39].

How to use LAVENDER

Lavender Oil
1. Use as External application
a. Take 4-5 drops of Lavender oil or as per your requirement.
b. Dilute it with a carrier oil like coconut oil.
c. Apply it on the affected area once a day and thrice a week.
d. To get rid of the symptoms of eczema.

2. Use as Aromatherapy oil
a. Lavender oil can be used for aromatherapy.
b. Put Lavender oil in a diffuser.
c. Place it in your bedroom.
d. To get calming benefits right before bed.

Frequently asked questions

Q. What are the other ways of using Lavender?

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Lavender can be used in many ways, few of the following tips can be used to manage various diseases such as Nausea, Loss of appetite, vomiting, Depression, Stress and Dementia

1. For Oral Consumption

Tips for making Lavender tea at home.
a. Boil 200-250ml water in a teapot.
b. Add a few lavender flowers to it.
c. Let the flowers steep in the water for about 5 minutes. You can steep them longer (as per your requirement).
d. Remove the flowers from the tea by filtering or straining the liquid into a cup.
e. You can enjoy lavender tea during bedtime or whenever you need.

2. For External Use

Tips for Lavender aromatherapy at home
a. Put Lavender oil in a diffuser.
b. Place the diffuser it in your bedroom to get calming benefits.
c. You can also do massage with Lavender oil by adding some rosemary oil to get quick relief.

Q. Can I keep Lavender indoor?

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Though Lavender is not a traditional houseplant, it is possible to keep it indoors with proper care. It should get sufficient sunlight, fresh air and water at regular intervals.

Q. Are Lavender capsules available in the market?

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Yes, Lavender capsules are available in the market under various brands. They can be purchased online or from any medical store.

Q. What are the other varieties of Lavender?

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The other varieties of Lavender are:
Lavandula dentata (French Lavender)- It is a perennial, aromatic shrub that is mostly grown in tubs or pots. It is known for its ornamental value rather than the medicinal or cosmetic benefits. Lavandula angustifolia Mill. (English Lavender)- It is a herbaceous perennial plant that is native to Mediterranean region. It has various medicinal properties due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, wound healing, antidepressant and sedative properties.
Lavandula multifida (Egyptian Lavender)- Commonly known as fern leaf lavender, it is a perennial, aromatic shrub native to the northwestern Mediterranean plus the Canary Islands. It has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties[50-54].

Q. Is Lavender good for kidneys?

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Yes, Lavender is good for kidneys. It has antioxidant properties which helps to reduce oxidative stress. It protects the cells (renal) against damage caused by free radicals and prevents further kidney problems like nephrotoxicity[11].

Q. Is Lavender beneficial in spasms?

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Yes, Lavender might help in spasms due to its spasmolytic property. It helps to relax the smooth muscles and reduce the spasms in the body[6].

Q. Why does Lavender makes you feel sleepy?

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Lavender makes us feel sleepy because it inhibits the action of certain neurotransmitters and relaxes the central nervous system due to its sedative and hypnotic properties[44].

Q. Is Lavender toxic to humans?

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Although enough scientific evidence is not available about the toxic effects of Lavender. However, a study states that drinking Lavender herbal tea might show certain adverse effect in some individuals. So, it is advisable to consult a physician before taking Lavender herbal tea[41].

Q. Does Lavender affects normal hormonal activity?

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Yes, Lavender might affect hormonal activity in both males and females. Regular application of Lavender oil causes an imbalance in the levels of sexual hormones (estrogen and androgen). It might cause an early breast growth in females as well as abnormal breast growth in males (gynecomastia)[9][42][43].

Q. Is too much Lavender bad for you ?

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Lavender has many benefits but excess use of lavender might cause certain side effects such as constipation, headaches and increase in appetite. So, it is advisable to consult a physician before using Lavender[9][10].

Q. Can Lavender be used as a blood thinner?

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Enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of lavender as a blood thinner.

Q. Can Lavender essential oil cause Asthma?

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Although enough scientific is not available for the role of Lavender essential oil in causing asthma. Infact, Lavender essential oil might help to relieve bronchial asthma due to its anti-inflammatory property. Inhalation of Lavender essential oil reduces inflammation and allergic responses of the respiratory passages and eases breathing[40].

Q. Does Lavender helps in wound healing?

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Yes, Lavender oil is effective in wound healing. It has good antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help in wound contraction and closure. It reduces the inflammation at the site of the wound. In addition, it also reduces the risk of infection in the wound due to its antimicrobial and antifungal properties[46][47].

Q. Does Lavender help in joint pain?

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Yes, Lavender oil might help manage joint pain due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It reduces the pain and inflammation associated with joint pain[30][31][45].

Q. Is Lavender oil good for wrinkles?

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Yes, Lavender oil is good for wrinkles as it has strong anti-oxidant properties. It protects the skin cells against the damage caused by free radicals. Applying Lavender oil along with coconut oil on the skin improves blood circulation which oxygenates the skin and prevents wrinkles[48][49] .

Q. Does Lavender oil remove dark spots?

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Enough scientific evidence is not available for the role of Lavender oil in removing dark spots.

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