It's widely known know that lavender oil can calm, de-stress, and help you relax. But that's not all this plant-derived ingredient can do for you. When you use a bath product infused with lavender oil, you're getting more than clean. Here are some of the many benefits that lavender offers!
1. Antidepressant Effects
You've had a bad day. Absolutely everything has gone wrong and your happy-go-lucky mood is down in the dumps. If you're looking for a pick-me-up, lavender oil could be the key. Research published in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology found that lavender essential oil may have an antidepressant effect on the body. While a lavender body wash isn't a substitute for therapy (or doctor-prescribed medications that treat clinical depression), the oil may provide a temporary mood booster, helping you get over an end-of-the-day slump.
2. Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
Lavender may be a natural ingredient, but don't let that fool you into thinking its medicinal benefits are simply the stuff old of wives' tales. Research published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine illustrated that lavender oil exhibits anti-inflammatory benefits.
These properties may also help reduce the effects of swelling in joints. A study published in the journal Pain Management Nursing found that aromatherapy massage (using oils such as lavender) can relieve the pain and fatigue in patients with rheumatoid arthritis—which is an inflammatory joint disorder.
3. Surgical Applications
Surgery can be scary. Luckily, lavender can be used as a non-pharmaceutical aid to help ease a patient's anxiety before they head to the operating room. A study published in the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing found that inhaling lavender oil before surgery helped to ease anxiety levels in breast surgery patients. Of course, always talk to your doctor or surgeon before trying any treatment techniques.
Lavender may also be useful after surgery. According to a study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine, aromatherapy (with lavender and ginger essential oils) reduced common postsurgical side effects, such as nausea and vomiting.
4. Anti-Fungal Impact
Athlete's foot and other similar fungal infections are never fun. Here's where the benefits of lavender soap may come into play to soothe the skin. Research in the Journal of Medical Microbiology showed a connection between lavender essential oil use and the inhibited growth of Candida albicans (a common fungus).
The next time you need a quick mood boost or just want to relax, try implementing a soap made with lavender essential oil in your routine. One great option is Tom's of Maine Natural Body Wash in Lavender & Shea, which helps maintain your skin's natural moisture and is gentle on skin.
Keep in mind that you should always consult your medical provider before trying any home remedies for health conditions.
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Why It's Good
You can use lavender body wash as a natural way to de-stress, relax, and so much more. From boosting your mood to reducing inflammation, the essential oil at the heart of this bubbly bath product offers benefits galore.