(Natural News) Lavender oil is known for its relaxing effects, however, it is more than just that. Lavender oil can actually be used for treating wounds, according to a study. Researchers at Morinomiya University of Medical Sciences in Japan looked at the effect of lavender oil on various stages of wound healing and its molecular mechanism.
In their study, which was published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, they evaluated the wound healing properties of lavender oil and its mechanisms in an animal model.
For the study, they produced circular full-thickness skin wounds on mice. Then, to test the efficacy and mechanism of lavender oil, they topically applied either lavender oil or a placebo solution on the wounds. The treatment was done on alternating days for two weeks.
Based on the results of the study, the topical application of lavender oil on the area of wounds increased transforming growth factor-beta, which is known to regulate proliferation of fibroblasts, collagen synthesis, and production of wound granulation tissue.
The up-regulation of transforming growth factor-beta promoted collagen synthesis and differentiation of fibroblasts. In addition, it significantly accelerated wound healing process by promoting the formation of granulation tissue, tissue remodeling by collagen replacement, and wound shrinking.
In conclusion, the findings of the study suggested that lavender oil can potentially promote wound healing in the early stages by promoting transforming growth factor-beta.
The many benefits of lavender oil and how to use it
Lavender oil is one of the most versatile essential oil available. Here are some different uses of lavender oil:
- Lavender oil has a calming effect: Lavender oil is often used for relaxation and calmness. To use, rub two to three drops of lavender oil on your palms, then inhale the scent. For an immediate calming effect on the body, rub the oil on your feet, temples, or wrists.
- Lavender oil as a sleeping aid: Because of its calming properties, lavender oil can also be used to help you sleep better. Rub a few drops of the essential oil on your palms, then inhale. You can also rub a drop of lavender oil on your palms and smooth them on your pillow.
- Lavender oil for treating insect bites: Lavender oil is used for skin problems like insect bites or bee stings. Just put a drop of the oil on a bee sting or insect bite to relieve itching and swelling.
- Lavender oil for minor burns: This essential oil can reduce pain caused by a minor burn. Just apply two to three drops of lavender oil on the affected area to relieve pain.
- Lavender oil treats eczema: Topical application of lavender oil with a nut or vegetable mixing oil like coconut oil can help treat eczema and dermatitis. (Related: Lavender oil is a powerful antifungal that fights skin conditions, Candida.)
- Lavender oil relieves nausea or motion sickness: To use lavender oil for relieving symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of the oil on the end of your tongue, behind the ears, or around the navel.
- Lavender oil keeps the lips moisturized: If you have dry, chapped, or sunburned lips, rub a drop of lavender oil on the lips.
- Lavender oil for hay fever: Lavender oil can help treat the symptoms of fever. To use, rub a drop of the oil between your palms and inhale deeply.
- Lavender oil for dandruff treatment: This essential oil can help remove dandruff. Just rub a few drops of it into the scalp.
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