Syringa vulgaris or lilac is a flowering, deciduous shrub in the olive family. It is native to the Balkan Peninsula and was commonly propagated by European immigrants wherever they settled in order to preserve memories of home. In the US, lilacs were brought by pioneers in the 1800s. These flowers are commonly cultivated for their beautiful purple-blue or yellow petals and fragrance. In addition, the flowers are popular for their essential oils which are commonly used in aromatherapy.
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Aromatherapy has been used for centuries as a form of healing and managing psychological and physical problems. In aromatherapy, fragrant oils of specific plants are diffused into the air through a candle or atomizer. According to aromatherapy enthusiasts, inhalation of these oils provide various benefits including easing anxiety, easing congestion and in some instances enhancing feelings of sensuality.
Apart from being used in aromatherapy, lilacs have a medicinal history. In the past, these flowers were used to eliminate parasitic worms and cure malaria. In addition, lilacs have been used to treat fever and skin ailments including sunburns, scrapes, and cuts.
At a basic level, lilac flowers have astringent properties. Astringents contain compounds that are highly effective in toning and tightening your skin, which make them ideal for the beauty industry. As a result, topical application of lilac oil or infusion helps in reducing premature aging, wrinkles and skin sagging. In addition, lilac infusions are commonly applied to cuts and rashes to hasten healing.
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When taken orally, a lilac infusion enhances blood flow by triggering irritation to the places it comes into contact with such as the gastrointestinal tract. Enhanced blood flow hastens healing by directing the body’s resources to the affected area.
Lilac’s essential oil is an ideal vermifuge. This means that it has anthelmintic properties which are great for purging the body of intestinal worms. Anthelmintic drugs kill or stun parasites and intestinal worms without harming the body.
Lilac flowers not only have a divine fragrance but also possess antibacterial properties. These properties make it handy for eliminating infection-causing bacteria. In addition, lilac oil or infusion can be used in homes as an air freshener and disinfectant at the same time.
So, do you want to inhale the uplifting fragrance of these flowers and enjoy the health benefits of lilacs? How about growing some in your garden?