According to the US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health, studies show that lavender is kind of a big deal.
For a bit of background, the lavender plant is native to certain parts of Africa, Europe, and the scattered Middle East with over 30 different species.
Getting a bit scientific, the active natural chemicals in lavender are are linalool, linalyl acetate, 1,8-cineole B-ocimene, terpinen-4-ol, and camphor, which vary in levels from species to species. These are basically the chemicals that give lavender its useful properties.
According to research, "lavender improved associated symptoms such as restlessness, disturbed sleep, and somatic complaints and had a beneficial influence on general well-being and quality of life". While in many of these cases lavender was used orally, NHCO recommends using lavender for external use only and aromatherapy. If you can find great lavender tea, go for it!
In certain neurological test settings, lavender was shown to improve mood and reduce psychological distress, and even depression in postpartum women.
NHCO offers a variety of clean skincare products made with lavender, and we've received great feedback from using them.
When I was going through fertility treatment, I was on some pretty hardcore drugs which gave me insomnia and insomnia often in the same day. I had restless legs in the middle of the night which caused poor sleep quality. Because I didn't want to take MORE drugs to help me go to sleep, so I figured I would whip up a concoction ingredients I had on-hand to help do the trick. It worked perfectly, and this product was later perfected as the Fresh Lavender Sleeping Mist.
Products with essential oils are great as pick-me-ups and minor ailments, but we do not believe that aromatherapy should replace conventional medicine. As great as lavender is, it's not the holy grail of mental health.
If you are facing a serious ailment or issue, we recommend being safe and seeing your doctor for medical guidance and intervention.