Lavender is a Mediterranean shrub which is cultivated for its aromatic flowers in the United States and Europe, particularly in Bulgaria, and France, Britain, Australia, and Russia where large quantities of this herb are grown annually. The common Lavender is a shrubby plant having many woody branches and long narrow leaves. The fragrant flowers of Lavender are used in the preparation of many herbal healths.
Traditionally, herbalists used Lavender for a variety of complaints of the nervous system, including depression and fatigue. It can also be tried to help support headache and joint pain. In Arab medicine, it can be used as an expectorant and an antispasmodic. Due to its delightful odor, Lavender has found wide application in perfumes and cosmetics throughout history. The name Lavender comes from the Latin "lavare," meaning to wash, and refers to the Roman custom of scenting bath water with the leaves and flowers of this aromatic plant.
Before World War II, Lavender can be used as an antiseptic dressing for wounds, and as a method to get rid of parasites. In the days when corsets were the fashion, ladies would tuck some Lavender oil in a bottle around their necks to revive them when they were feeling faint. Lavender was also a popular strewing herb in the Middle Ages, and used as an ingredient in sachets to repel moths and other bugs from stored clothing. It was burned in sick rooms during the Bubonic Plague so as to help avoid the spread of the health problem. It was also used to scent leather. The smell of Lavender helps to lift the spirits. It is a helpful fragrance to have present at birth, since it calms the mother. Likewise, at death, when it helps calm the one about to depart, and their loved ones.
Lavender is stimulating and carminative. Its aromatic properties make it useful to add to lotions and creams. This herb has been used extensively in perfumes, soaps, and sachets. Lavender water, made from the essential oil, is used in therapeutic baths to help support nervous excitement. The oil may have a sedative action on the heart and will support healthy blood pressure levels. A small amount added to bland oils makes a useful application in skin problems, such as eczema and psoriasis, and a rub for rheumatic complaints. The primary chemical constituents of Lavender include essential oil (linalol, eucalyptol, geraniol, limonene, cineole), tannins, coumarins, flavonoids, and triterpenoids.
The herb exhibits activity against diphtheria, typhoid, pneumonia, staph, strep and many flu viruses. Lavender is also useful as an antibacterial agent. Known topical uses include acne, burns, cellulite, cold sores, eczema, edema, fatigue, halitosis, headache, infection, insect bites, insect repellent, insect stings, irritability, joint pain, lice, muscle soreness, joint pain, skin rashes, scars, snakebites, toothache, vertigo, and yeast infections. Place a drop of Lavender essential oil on the edge of the mattress of a teething baby to calm him/her down. Use Lavender as a rinse for fragrant hair, and use it in massage oil, and as a salve for eczema. The common name Lavender also includes Lavendula viridis, Lavendula vera, Lavendula officinalis, and other Lavendula species, which are used interchangeably with Lavendula angustifolia.
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Stir 1/4 of a teaspoon into a glass of water and consume 3 times daily, with meals.
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