There are many purported benefits of lavender, some with more supporting evidence than others. When used as an herbal remedy, lavender is often claimed to be useful for conditions such as insomnia, restlessness, upset stomach, and migraines.
Other claimed benefits of lavender (when applied to the skin) include pain relief, hair growth in people with alopecia areata, and improved circulation.
Lavender oil is an essential oil, derived from plants (genus lavendula) by steam distillation of the flowers. The oil is mainly used in the fragrance and perfume industry but there is an increasing use in the aromatherapy and culinary industries.
An Overview; Lavender is often used as a scent or flavoring agent for various products. It is also used medicinally (as an herbal remedy). When taken orally, lavender is sometimes claimed to be beneficial for the following conditions:
Loss of appetite
Upset stomach, nausea, or vomiting
When applied to the skin, lavender is claimed to be beneficial for the following conditions:
A specific type of hair loss known as alopecia areata
** Lavender is also said to work as an insect repellent and to promote overall psychological well-being when applied to the skin.
When inhaled (as aromatherapy), lavender is said to be beneficial for the following conditions:
Agitation related to dementia (such as Alzheimer's disease).
There is little scientific evidence that lavender is beneficial for most uses. As with many alternative and complementary therapies, claims for the benefits of lavender are sometimes exaggerated, and such claims must be evaluated critically.