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|Posted on June 23, 2011 at 1:18 PM|
Lavender oil has been proven to aid in relaxation and promote sleep, but did you know that lavender oil is also effective against fungus?
Scientists have demonstrated that lavender oil's effectiveness against two important fungal strains: 1. Candida species, which cause thrush, and 2. dermatophytes, which cause athlete's foot and ringworm. Lavender oil attacks these fungi by damaging their cell membranes. In cases of nail infections, for example, lavender oil may be applied topically, directly onto the nail bed where they have little to no blood supply. They are unreachable by medicines taken internally because medicines only work if the infection is in the blood.
The recent increase of drug-resistant fungal infections, especially to those who are immunocompromised, has prompted renewed research of natural remedies such as with this essential oil. Lavendula oil also shows wide-spectrum anti-fungal properties and is a highly potent oil.
More medicinal uses:
-Antiseptic & pain reliever.
-Applied to minor burns and insect bites/stings.
-Used in massage oils for joint and muscle pain relief.
-Chest rub for asthmatic & bronchitic spasm.
-Hair rinse to treat head lice.
And of course my personal favorite, in aromatherapy, lavender oil is an anxiolytic, which induces calmness and relieves anxiety.
Lavender oil smells wonderful so why not keep some on hand for its many medicinal purposes as well!