Parts Used & Where Grown
Eastern European countries, particularly Bulgaria, as well as France, Britain, Australia, and Russia grow large quantities of lavender. The fragrant flowers of lavender are used in the preparation of herbal medicines.
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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:
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Lavender oil's aroma is known to be calming and may be helpful in some cases of insomnia.
Perineal Pain after Childbirth
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In one study, adding lavender oil to a bath helped relieve perineal pain after childbirth.
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
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Lavender is a gas-relieving herb that may be helpful in calming an upset stomach.
Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)
Traditionally, herbalists used lavender for a variety of conditions of the nervous system, including depression and fatigue.1 It has also been used for headache and rheumatism. Due to its delightful odor, lavender has found wide application in perfumes and cosmetics throughout history.
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