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Herbsprout is a webblog and podcast dedicated to sharing the health benefits of herbs, food, innovations, and our gut microbiome. Herbsprout seeks to bridge the vast chasm dividing the mainstream medical community, alternative medicine, and Asian medicine, especially of China (TCM), India (Ayurveda), and Japan (eJim & Kampo).

Health benefits of lavender oil

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Lavender oil is distilled from the plant lavender (lavandula angustifolia). It has become one of the most popular forms of aromatherapy, according to a June 20 2020 article by Yahoo news (1). The herb contains components like linalool and linalyl which tout a long list of benefits such as improving digestion, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, calming and soothing skin, antibacterial and antimicrobial.

One popular lavender oil Silexan was found to contain 36.8% of linalool and 34.2% of linalyl acetate26, according to a December 2019 human clinical study reported in Nature Magazine (2). The Nature report points out that anxiety disorders in United States reaches as much as 28.8% of the mostly working population, compared to 14.5% in Europe, and 20% in Australia.

Lavender oil is so concentrated that you often need to combine it with a carrier oil (like coconut, jojoba and argan oil, to name a few) before applying directly to your skin. Most reputable producers will have already included the carrier oil, ready to use.

This article was co- written by Cindy Postma, Herbsprout essential oils contributor.

1) https://www.yahoo.com/amphtml/lifestyle/16-lavender-oil-uses-way-230000614.html
2) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-54529-9

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