Who doesn’t love the comforting floral aroma of lavender? This popular herb is known worldwide for its beautiful purple hue and soothing scent. But lavender is about much more than aromatherapy. When used correctly, lavender can be your go-to treatment for multiple ailments.
While most lavender treatments recommend using lavender essential oil, you can also use fresh or dried lavender flowers or leaves for some of these home remedies. Remember to always check with your doctor before using homeopathic remedies, and always go to the doctor for serious medical symptoms.
Check out our favorite ways to use lavender as a medicine:
Recent studies found that lavender may have potent antifungal properties. In fact, studies suggest that lavender can treat tough infections that are resistant to store bought antifungal medicine. If you have an odd foot fungus, try soothing it with a warm foot bath of dried lavender leaves.
Lavender is famous for its anti-anxiety properties. While its scent is great for immediate calm, you can also drink homemade lavender tea for similar effects. In a pinch, dab a drop of lavender oil on your wrists for a quick calm-down.
Because lavender is naturally calming, it’s also a fantastic sleep aid. Make a bedtime tea of lavender to fall asleep in no time. Combine it with dried chamomile flowers to zonk out even faster!
Cold sores are annoying, painful, and embarrassing. While it takes them a while to go away, you can speed up the healing process with lavender. Combine lavender oil with coconut oil and spread it over the sores twice daily. Lavender’s anti-inflammatory properties will help your skin heal more quickly.
Got nausea, gas, or a sour stomach? Before you grab that Pepto-Bismol, try a hot cup of lavender tea. Studies suggest lavender tea reduces inflammation in the digestive system to relieve minor discomfort.
The bottom line
Lavender is so much more than a room spray. This plant can work wonders in home remedies. Give it a try the next time you have any of these common ailments for quick, natural relief.