Health Benefits of Lavender Tea
How Lavender Tea Prevents Cancer
Like most recommended teas, lavender tea contains many antioxidants. Among lavender’s antioxidants are quercetin and apigenin–two cancer fighting bioactives that have received a lot of academic attention. (1)
- Quercetin, part of a class of antioxidants known as flavonoids, reverses oxidative damage and acts as an anti-inflammatory. Oxidative damage and chronic tissue strain can both lead to cancer.
- Quercetin also induces controlled cell death of cancerous cells. It may specifically target ovarian and gastrointestinal cancers. (2)
How Lavender Tea Prevents Cardiovascular Disease
One study found that lavender may be effective in managing ischemic heart disease, which is caused by increased strain on the heart following the narrowing of the arterial walls. Since lavender has some anti-inflammatory properties, it is possible that lavender minimizes swelling and strain of the arteries and heart. (3)
Other Benefits of Lavender Tea
Lavender tea does more than prevent diseases, it assists other functions in your body.
Lavender Tea and Immune Health
In one in vitro study, lavender oil recruited cells to naturally target and kill foreign invaders. (4) If left unaddressed, foreign bodies such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi can cause severe infections. By stimulating immune responses, lavender promotes overall immune health. Quercetin might be responsible for lavender’s impact on immune health; quercetin is directly involved in the metabolic and enzymatic activity of the immune system. By stimulating immune responses, lavender promotes overall immune health. (5)
Lavender Tea and Pain Relief
In a mice study, lavender essential oil greatly relieved nerve pain, with an efficacy and intensity comparable to marketed drugs. Lavender also relaxes muscles and has anticonvulsant properties, suggesting it may also manage muscle pain with or without exercise. (6)
Lavender Tea and Cognitive Health
Research conducted on the effect of lavender on mental health and the nervous system is presently confined to animal studies. In such studies, lavender has been found to inhibit symptoms of anxiety and depression, having similar effects as synthetic psychoactive drugs like diazepam and lorazepam.
Lavender improved spatial working memory deficit in rats displaying Alzheimer’s-like cognitive decline. Lavender reversed symptoms of poor cognitive aging. (7)