Lavandula officinalis. ALSO KNOWN AS
France. PARTS USED
TRADITIONAL HERBAL USES AND MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Lavender is known for its peaceful, soothing and calming qualities. It helps with sleeplessness, headaches, and irritability as it is calming to the mind.
It is uplifting and aids with clearing low energy, as it is invigorating to a tired brain. It is also known as an anti-depressant.
Lavender is so gentle and soothing for the nervous system, it calms and balances excessive nervousness and states of anxiety.
Lavender is also an antiseptic, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal agent and is the premier plant for healing burns, wounds, sores and stings.
Hot Lavender tea
causes sweating and reduces fevers. It helps in this way to detoxify the body, by increasing elimination of toxins via the skin. Also Lavender has a mild diuretic action, and flushes out toxins through the urine.Lavender essential oil
is can be used in the bath for relieving tiredness, stress and irritability, or vapourised in an oil burner to create an uplifting and calming atmosphere. It can be added to a massage oil or cream and used as an antiseptic, wound healer and muscle and joint soothing balm. It is the no 1 natural remedy for burns, and must be applied to the burnt skin immediately. See How to use Essential OilsESSENTIAL OIL NOTE
Middle noteBLENDS WELL WITHEssential oils:
Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clarysage, Clove, Eucalyptus, Frankinsence, Geranium,, Ginger, Juniper berry, lemongrass, Neroil, peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Valerian & Vetivert.For sunburn:
Lavender & Roman Chamomile & Aloe VeraCut herbs for tea:
Lavender, Passionflower, Valerian for insomnia
Lavender, Lemon balm, Avena sativa, Rosemary & St John's Wort for depression
Lavender & Orange peel for mood enhancementAROMA
Refreshing & Floral.
FOLKLORE AND HISTORY
Lavender is probably the most well known medicinal herb. Originally from France and the western Mediterranean, lavender is now cultivated world wide.
The Romans were responsible for the spread of Lavender throughout Europe and used Lavender in the famous Roman bath houses. They most certainly used Lavender in the fumigation of a sick room, or in preparation for childbirth.
Traditionally the fragrance of lavender was thought to bring good luck and lift sorrow. Bundles of lavender were placed in a pregnant woman's arms to bring courage and strength. It has long been known as an aphrodisiac when mixed with rose buds and placed in a marital bed.
Energetically the lavender plant is thought to bring peace and protection.
Borneol, cineol (mainly in English Lavender, only a trace in French), geraniol, linalool, limonene, linalyl acetate, linalyl butrate, pinene, tannin.
TYPICAL PREPARATIONS AND DOSAGE
Lavender flowers can be used in many ways, they can be sewed into a sachet to perfume a space, or used as a potpourri.
Lavender flowers can be used to make a tea infusion: Use 1 heaped teasp. of dried Lavender flowers to 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 - 15 minutes. Drink this tea 3 times per day.
Lavender essential oil can be used in the bath, or vapourised in an oil burner. It can be added to a massage oil or cream. Use 6-8 drops per bath and 10 -18 drops per 30ml of carrier oil. See Essential Oil Dosage Chart PRECAUTIONS