name was derived from the Latin verb "to wash" and both the Romans and Greeks
scented their soaps and bathwater with the herb. In the Middle Ages,
lavender was considered the herb of love.
Some think of it as the
English garden herb, others think of the Lavender Alps in the south of France
where the hills are alive with color and scent. Lavender is a bushy,
branching shrub, the stems of which often become a dense, woody tangle.
The flowers are small, lavender-purple and bloom in June and July.
It is native to the Mediteranean region, naturalized in the southern United
States and is widely cultivated throughout the world.
Some scientific study
revealed that lavender oil may have spasmolytic, antiseptic and carminative
The German Standard License for lavender tea lists it
for restlessness, sleeplessness, lack of appetite, nervous irritable
stomach, meteorism, and nervous disorders of the intestines. Lavender
preparations are traditionally used to treat symptoms of neurotonic disorders,
especially minor sleeplessness.
Rub a drop of lavender oil on
your temples to help relieve a headache.
It can also be
used to treat skin conditions including Rosacea.
It may be
helpful as a treatment of functional circulatory disorders.
Lavender is safe but should
be used in moderation. One teaspoon of flowers to a pint of water for
infusions can be used as a mild
sedative. For eczema and psoriasis, add no more than two drops of oil to
a cup of olive oil. Add a few drops of this mixture in a hot bath to
relieve neuralgia pain or sore feet. Warm lavender tea can be applied as
a compress for the relief of chest congestion.
It is also used in
perfumed products. The leaves repel insects.
Unless otherwise prescribed,
Tea extract, and bath additive. Internal: Infusion: 12
teaspoons in 150 ml water. Essential oil: 14 drops
(approximately 2080 mg). Note: Combinations with other sedative or
carminative herbs may be beneficial.
For treating skin conditions
including rosacea, wash and pat dry the area to be treated. Try a very small
amount to test for allergic reaction first. If all is well, soak a cotton ball
and gently massage it into affected areas. Repeat daily. Note: Lavender oil has
antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, but must be used with caution as a
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