The wound healing potential of lavender oil

Earlier studies have shown that lavender oil promotes wound healing. However, no study has looked into the molecular mechanisms of its effect. A study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine provided scientific evidence on the wound healing properties of lavender oil and its mechanisms in an animal model.

  • In the study, researchers at Morinomiya University of Medical Sciences in Japan looked at the effect of lavender oil on various stages of wound healing and its molecular mechanism.
  • They produced circular full-thickness skin wounds on mice.
  • The mice received either a placebo solution or lavender oil treatment on the wounds on alternating days for 14 days.
  • Results revealed that the topical treatment of lavender oil on the area of wounds increased transforming growth factor-beta, which is known to regulate proliferation of fibroblasts, collagen synthesis, and production of wound granulation tissue.
  • The increase in transforming growth factor-beta promoted collagen synthesis and differentiation of fibroblasts.
  • In addition, it significantly accelerated wound healing process by promoting the formation of granulation tissue, tissue remodeling by collagen replacement, and wound shrinking.

In conclusion, the findings of the study suggested that lavender oil can potentially promote wound healing in the early stages by promoting transforming growth factor-beta.

Read the full text of the study at this link.

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Journal Reference:

Mori H-M, Kawanami H, Kawahata H, Aoki M. WOUND HEALING POTENTIAL OF LAVENDER OIL BY ACCELERATION OF GRANULATION AND WOUND CONTRACTION THROUGH INDUCTION OF TGF-? IN A RAT MODEL. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 26 May 2016; 16(144). DOI: 10.1186/s12906-016-1128-7

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