Lavender Essential Oil: Potent Antifungal

Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on March 10, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Posted in Blog

A study published recently in the Journal of Medical Microbiology showed that Lavender essential oil could be used to combat the increasing incidence of antifungal-resistant infections. This is great news, as there has been an increase in the incidence of fungal diseases the last few years.

The essential oil of Lavender shows a potent antifungal effect against strains of fungi responsible for common skin and nail infections, as well as various species of Candida. It destroyed the fungal cells by damaging the cell membrane.

The species used in this study was Lavandula viridis, from southern Portugal; however, many Lavender species share similar properties. Other studies of the biological activity of various Lavendula essential oils have demonstrated their sedative and antispasmodic properties, as well as their antimicrobial and antioxidant effectiveness.

Isn’t it great when science validates time-honored, traditional uses of herbs! It reminds me a little of the circular tale about the ‘History of Medicine’…

“I have an earache….”
2000 BC “Here, eat this root.”
AD 1000 “That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.”
AD 1850 “That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.”
AD 1940 “That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.”
AD 1985 “That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.”
AD 2000 “That antibiotic is unnatural. Here, eat this root.”

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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