At Mexico Bariatric Center we love helping people overcome health issues through bariatric surgery in Tijuana, Mexico. By undergoing bariatric procedures such as a gastric sleeve (VSG) and gastric bypass, many of our patients succeed in both long-term weight loss and overcoming obesity-related health issues. Some health problems that our patients overcome are:
Our goal is, of course, to help our patients to live a healthy and enjoyable quality of life, a and we don’t like to just leave it at our surgery and nutrition services. There are a problems lifestyle, dietary, and exercise habits out there that can contribute to long-term happiness and success.
Which brings us to writing this article about lavender essential oil. For over 2,500 years, lavender essential oil has been used for medicinal purposes and serves as a source of some significant health benefits. Just a small bottle of this essential oil can help in the following ways:
1 – Serves as an Antioxidant
We are exposed to toxins, pollutants, chemicals, radioactivity, and many other harmful entities throughout the course of our lives which can lead to various health problems such as disease and infections. A great way to build up your body’s defense against such risks is to provide it with antioxidants which help the body to fight off free radicals.
Because the body can become deficient in antioxidants due to factors such as poor diet, natural options such as lavender prove to be an excellent solution. Research has shown that within 22 hours of use, lavender essential oil aids in the production of three of our bodies most powerful antioxidants which are:
Other research has shown that when breathed in as a vapor for 60 minutes a day, lavender essential oil can, in fact, protect cells from damage that could otherwise lead to cancer.
2 – Boosts Mood and Supports Brain Health
Lavender can help support a positive mood while at the same time supporting the well-being of your brain. Lavender has been used for years to treat issues such as migraines, anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, and other neurological issues. One study found that taking capsules containing 80 mg of lavender oil can treat anxiety, disrupted sleep and depression without the harmful side effects of drugs such as Prozac.
3 – Treatment for Diabetes
Scientific research shows that the effects of lavender oil on blood sugar can, in fact, help protect the body from symptoms of diabetes which include:
- Glucose levels
- Weight gain
- Depletion of liver/kidney antioxidants
- Liver/kidney dysfunction
In fact, the antioxidant activity of lavender is more powerful than vitamin C (ascorbic acid).
4 – Helps to Heal Burns and Cuts
Lavender has been found to help fight infection as well as heal wounds. For burns or eczema, lavender can be mixed with coconut oil at a 1:5 ratio which will support rapid healing.
5 – Supports Good Sleep
According to study results, lavender oil can improve sleep quality by 60% regarding length of sleep, time is taken to fall asleep, and restfulness. Research results have also shown that lavender oil helps improve sleep in men and women who struggle with insomnia.
One great way to utilize lavender oil for good sleep is to take a healing bath. Just add 15 drops of lavender oil with 1 cup of Epsom salts to a full tub of water. This combination will help both relax your body and improve sleep.
6 – Boosts Skin Health
Here are a few ways that lavender can be used to support healthy skin:
- Mix 10 drops of lavender per 1 ounce of aloe vera or coconut oil to promote rapid healing of a sunburn, scrape, minor cut, or dry skin.
- Mix lavender oil with frankincense essential oil, apply it first thing in the morning and before bed and say bye bye to age and sunspots
Lavender is of course just one of many great essential oils out there that can significantly benefit your health.
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