When I agreed to write this blog, I wasn’t sure what subject I’d cover. Lavender is probably my favourite essential oil and I really have to be careful not to add it to everything: the creams and soaps I make, the carpet I clean… So I knew I wouldn’t have a problem to write about it.
I just couldn’t expect that, with the deadline approaching, I’d so fortunate to find about a study which has just been published on the respectable Journal of Medical Microbiology: Portuguese researchers proved the potent antifungal effect of lavender oil against common skin and nail fungal infections.
My brain was in ecstasy – and lavender oil wasn’t the culprit!
For anyone who has ever suffered with conditions such as thrush, Athlete’s foot, ringworm or nail infections, you’re probably aware how hard it is to treat and how long it takes to get rid of these. Besides, there is a relatively high chance of recurrence.
Fungal and bacterial infections are on the rise, as it is microbe resistance to drugs. Few antifungal drugs are available, and most of them have undesirable side effects.
As the Portuguese research team explained, ‘essential oils may be cheap, efficient alternatives that have minimal side effects’.Indeed!
Lavender oil is probably one of the most studied and widely used essential oils available (check previous posts on Lavenderworld blog). Its therapeutic characteristics are widely known, notably its sedative action – everyone knows it helps you to relax and have a good night of sleep!
Lavender oil may have become very popular not only because of its sweet, floral and refreshing scent but also because it is a considerably safe oil to use. It can even be applied to children.
Understanding how lavender oil kills fungi is the first step into developing a way of using lavender oil to fight infections. Of course there is still a long way to go in the quest for a natural, non-toxic (to humans!) alternative to cure fungal infections – but these results are very promising.
I love lavender oil, so I’ll be following the advances of medicine to see when this powerful plant finally gets the recognition it deserves.If you want to read more about this study, please go to: http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-02-lavender-oil-potent-antifungal-effect.html
Guest post by Andrea Palluch from Skin Bistro (www.skinbistro.co.uk). Skin Bistro is Victoria Regia’s special range of ready-made products for sale to the public. I make luxurious products with high quality organic, natural and fair trade ingredients, whenever possible. I’m always creating new products, and adjusting recipes according to seasons. I also offer a fully bespoke service.