Researchers have found that lavender oil could be an effective way to combat antifungal-resistant infections. because the oil was lethal to a range of strains that can cause disease in the skin. In the study, the essential oils distilled from Lavandula angustifolia seemed to destroy the membranes of fungal cells. It also showed that lavender oil was potent, demonstrating antifungal activity on a wide spectrum.
A study published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology found that lavender oil could be effective in combating antifungal-resistant infections. In the study, the essential oils distilled from the Lavandula genus of the lavender plant seemed to work by destroying the membranes of fungal cells. The study showed that Lavandula oil is potent and demonstrates antifungal activity on a wide spectrum.
A study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine compared the effects of several treatments for wound healing. Their findings suggest that lavender has an acceleratory effect on wound healing.
Lavender is possibly effective for treating alopecia areata. In a more recent study, researchers found that applying lavender oil helped to promote hair growth over the course of 4 weeks.
Lavender scents have been shown to reduce anxiety before a dental appointment. A review article in the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice evaluates the effectiveness of Silexan with different anxiety disorders. (Silexan is a lavender-oil preparation available in 80-milligram (mg) gelatine capsules). The findings were that Silexan had anxiety-reducing, effect on patients with generalized or subsyndromal anxiety within 2 weeks.
Researchers have also studied whether lavender may alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms. Currently, there is no single treatment that is universally recognized as effective. The study concluded that lavender aromatherapy could alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms.
It is not certain whether lavender is effective in treating any medical condition. Medicinal use of this product has not been approved by the FDA. Lavender should not be used in place of medication prescribed for you by your doctor.