Common names: English lavender, French lavender, Garden lavender
Lavender is a group of 39 species of flowering plants in the mint family. It is in the small, blue-violet flowers of lavender plants where the scent and the flavor of lavender are derived.
Available forms: Aromatherapy oils, lavender extracts, lavender infusions, lavender teas, lavender tinctures, whole dried lavender flowers. Ingredients in lotions, soaps, bath gels, body washes and even candles.
Lavender Flower Uses:
- Lavender is a great addition to Potpourris.
- Lavender can also be placed in a drawer to freshen clothes.
- Dried lavender flower can also be placed in the side table of your bed to help the restless fall sleep.
- It can also be used as herbal filler inside sachets to discourage moths from closets and drawers.
- Dried lavender flowers are also widely used as confetti for tossing after a wedding.
- Lavender is also used as insect repellant.
Health Benefits of Lavender Flower Tea:
- An infusion of lavender is claimed to soothe and heal insect bites.
- Lavender tea is frequently used as an aid to sleep and relaxation. Just place three flower heads to a cup of boiling water and drink before bedtime.
- Lavender tea is use as hair rinse to help reduce hair loss and dandruff.
- Lavender flowers can be candied and are sometimes used as cake decorations.
- Lavender is also used to flavor baked goods.
- The French are famous for their lavender syrup, most commonly made from an extract of lavender.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Oil is the most popular of all the essential oils because of its calming properties. Lavender contains linalool and lavandulyl acetate a substance that slow the body’s nervous system. Lavender oil not only calms the mind, it can also fight infection and soothe inflammation. Lavender oil may or may not be diluted and can be applied directly to affected areas.
Lavender essential oil: The Essential oil is extracted from the fresh flowers by distillation with water. English lavender, yields an essential oil with sweet overtones, and can be used in balms, salves, perfumes, cosmetics, and topical applications.
Characteristic of Lavender Essential Oil: Lavender oil has a light fresh aroma; it is clear in color and watery in viscosity.
Uses: Lavender essential oil has been traditionally used in making perfumes. Today, lavender essential oil is used in various forms including aromatherapy oil, gels, infusion, lotion, and soaps. Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including cedar wood, pine, clary sage, geranium, and nutmeg.
Health Benefits of Lavender Oil:
- Lavender oil when applied to the temples it can help soothe headaches.
- A few drops of oil into warm bath water are a refreshing and relaxing treat.
- Highly diluted lavender oil is used in gargles to subdue the strong, unpleasant taste and smell of therapeutic drugs.
- Lavender oil is a fast and natural solution to a great sleep. In a study subjects were given the oil to sniff before bedtime and all slept more soundly. A few drops on a pillow are all you need to have a goodnight sleep.
- Lavender oil has amazing skin healing qualities as it encourages growth of new skin cells. It is used to heal skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and other inflammations.
- Lavender oil is useful for the hair as it can be very effective on lice and lice eggs or nits.
- Whenever you feel stressed out just put a drop of the oil under your nose or dab some on a tissue and inhale.
How to Mix Lavender Essential Oil:
- Mix 5 to 6 drops of Lavender essential oil to your bath water if you have dry skin.
- Diffuse 10 to 12 drops of Lavender oil into the air during your workday for natural stress relief.
- Add 2 drops of Lavender per ounce of your favorite lightly scented body oil (like almond oil or olive oil) to help improve your skin and relax your mind.
Important things to know:
- Lavender oil is one of the safest essential oils and can be used in full strength on the skin.
- Not all essential oils are considered equal. In fact, the labeling laws for essential oils allow companies to say 100% pure even if they are extended with up to 50% chemicals (some of the extenders are even cancer-causing).
- Lavender should be avoided in the early pregnancy. People with low blood pressure may feel dull and/or drowsy.
- Do not use lavender oil internally. Also, avoid contact with the eyes or mucous membranes such as the lips and nostril.
“This post was originally published on July 26, 2012 @ 12:49”