I love to read my monthly issue of Herbalgram. It is published by the Herb Research Foundation and provides a wealth of key botanical research as it applies to health and healing. This summer issue highlighted one of my favorite herbs: lavender.
We are all aware that mental stress impacts the human body in a variety of ways. This study addressed the effects of stress on restricting the heart’s blood supply which increases the risk of stroke and heart attack. This Japan study looked at the effect of the herb-lavender as aromatherapy on blood flow to the heart and cortisol levels (stress hormone marker). Results showed that men that used 4-5 drops of lavender oil in 20 ml of hot water as aromatherapy in their rooms had statistically significant lower blood levels of cortisol and increased improvement in blood flow to the heart. The researchers concluded that this was the first study of its kind that measured the acute effects of aromatherapy on heart circulation and stress hormones. They hope that more trials will be done to look at the long term effects of aromatherapy on the human body!
This is great news to all Sustainable High Performers, it opens the door to think different about our plants and herbs around us and how our health can be impacted.
By Patti Milligan
Director of Nutrition