Why is there so much lavender?
Lavender, it’s in our lotions, candles, bath products and even made its way into our beverages like lavender lemonade. But, why? Does it go beyond the delicate floral smell so many of us appreciate? Aromatherapy enthusiasts will tell you it absolutely does, giving you a laundry list of relaxation examples. But I can understand if you aren’t ready to jump on the aromatherapy train just yet, as it is often displayed as “woo woo” like many alternative or natural remedies are.
Lavender has had a lot of scientific research done on it, to see if there is any basis to its claims and the results just might surprise you. This little purple flower was found to contain linalool, linalyl acetate, 1,8-cineole B-ocimene, terpinen-4-ol, and camphor. These constituents react with our brain and muscles in some remarkable ways. Through human studies it was found that lavender can be used with moderate success to aid in the treatment of stress, anxiety, sleep disturbances, mild depression, and pain. These studies used a variety of delivery of the lavender oil, including aromatherapy, massage, and oral applications.
It is important to note that if you are looking to add this herb into your routine to reap the calming benefits it can provide that you must verify your products contain true lavender oil. Fragrance oil is a less expensive and often more powerfully scented option that most mainstream products are made with such as candles in big box stores. The benefit comes from the plant volatile oils (essential oils), not just the scent. Your products should always be purchased from a knowledgeable source with good standards of practice so you can get the best result for your desired purpose!