Ustukhudus (Lavandula stoechas)

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Sanskrit Name - Ustukhudus

Botanical Name - Lavandula stoechas 

Family - Labiatae

Common Names - Dhaaru, Alphazan, AAnisul Akhaah, Musimkul Akaah, Haafizul Akaah, Arabian or French lavender Ustukhudus (Lanandula stoechas)

Lavender benefits of muscle relaxation.
In a preliminary experiment, Japanese researchers found that lavender essentialOil relaxed vascular smooth muscle. They further discovered a 
chemical called linalyl acetate as the major ingredient to cause the relaxation effects on rabbit vascular smooth muscle. Linalyl acetate produced 
sustained and progressive relaxation during the contraction through partially activation of nitric oxide/cyclic guanosine monophosphate pathway, 
and partially MLC dephosphorylation via activating MLC phosphatase.

Lavender benefits - insomnia and depression
In a 4-week study, Korean researchers supplied 42 women suffered from insomnia with lavender fragrance, they found improvements in insomnia 
and depression. In several occasions medications are often prescribed for these conditions, but it can become a problem in the long run if you 
become dependent to them, if so seeking drug rehabilitation is a definite option.

Lavender benefits - high blood pressure.
Japanese researchers showed that olfactory stimulation with scent of lavenderOil or its component - linalool lowered renal sympathetic nerve 
activity and blood pressure and elevated gastric vagal (parasympathetic) nerve activity in urethane-anesthetized rats.

Lavender benefits - appetite
Japanese researchers observed that olfactory stimulation with scent of lavenderOil suppressed sympathetic nerve activities and elevated gastric 
vagal (parasympathetic) nerve activity, decreased plasma glycerol concentration and body temperature, and enhanced appetite in rats.  A 
15-min daily exposure to scent of lavenderOil increased food intake and body weight in the study.

Lavender benefits - pain relief.
Eight sessions of acupressure with aromatic lavenderOil were found to be an effective method for short-term neck pain relief.

Use of LavenderOil during recesses may improve work efficiency. A study of 36 healthy male students randomly assigned to exposure to aroma or 
not exposed to aroma during recesses significantly higher attention levels for the lavender group than for the control group. Probably, lavender 
aroma allows a better rest.

Lavender benefits - anxiety and agitation.
Researchers stimulated dental procedures patients with lavender during their waiting in a study of 200 patients. They found that ambient odors of 
orange and lavender reduced anxiety and improved mood in patients waiting for dental treatment. Use of odors is helpful in reducing anxiety in 
dental patients.

Researchers also found that a Lavender aromatherapy hand massage program is effective on emotions and aggressive behavior of elderly with 
dementia of the Alzheimer's type.

Researchers from UK found psychologically positive mood changes after the bathing regimen (20% lavenderOil and 80% grapeseedOil) for 
energetic arousal, tense arousal, hedonic tone and anger-frustration in a study of eighty women not receiving treatment for psychological 

Researchers also found that lavenderOil administered in an aroma stream showed modest efficacy in the treatment of agitated behavior in 
patients suffered from severe dementia.

Japanese researchers claimed that lavender odorants were associated with reduced mental stress and increased arousal rate. In the study, the 
researchers placed subjects into a (2 x 2- x 3 m) sound protected room for 20 min without the presentation of an odor, an analogous group of 15 
received the odorOil, and one group of 13 received a non-stressful condition. They then analyzed the responses from the Cox and Mackay's 
stress/arousal adjective checklist.

Lavender benefits - cancer risks.
Researchers from Italy showed lavenderOil exerted strong antimutagenic activity, reducing mutant colonies in the TA98 strain exposed to the 
direct mutagen 2-nitrofluorene. Antimutagenicity was concentration-dependent: the maximal concentration (0.80 mg/plate) reduced the number of 
histidine-independent revertant colonies by 66.4%. LavenderOil (0.80 mg/plate) also showed moderate antimutagenicity against the TA98 strain 
exposed to the direct mutagen 1-nitropyrene.

Lavender benefits of anti-bacterial activities.
Spanish lavender essentialOils exhibited a very strong antibacterial activity against the tested bacteria in a test-tube study.