Lavender and its uses
For humankind – Mark Twain said: “Forgiveness is the smell that lavender gives out when you tread on it”
Ladies, listen up!! According to legend Cleopatra used lavender to seduce Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.
Lavender has been used for more than 2500 years for different reasons, such as to disguise foul smells and perfume in ancient times, but also for its herbal rejuvenating properties and health benefits.
Lavender is an herb. The flower and the oil of lavender are used to make medicine.
Lavender is used in many products you buy off the shelf. You can however harvest and use it for various purposes.
The essential oil of lavender may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. It can be used to help heal minor burns and bug bites due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Crush fresh lavender between your fingers or rub lavender oil on your temples for a soothing dose of aromatherapy stress relief or to alleviate headache. Lavender relieves anxiety and tension naturally.
Is your skin burned, chafed or irritated? Add some lavender oil to your moisturizer or a spray water bottle and apply or mist your skin generously.
Did you know that steeping a small handful of lavender flowers in boiling water creates a healthful herbal tea? This is just as effective as chamomile for promoting sleep and helping to soothe frazzled nerves. A strong tea can be cooled and used as a scalp rinse to remedy dandruff. Simmering dried lavender herb in a pot of water with some citrus peels for a natural air freshener.
Some people add lavender to bathwater to treat circulation disorders and improve mental wellbeing. Adding a few drops of the essential oil or a cup of strong brewed tea and a cup of Epsom salts to a bath helps relax sore muscles.
Sew the dried flowers into small satchels and use them in place of dryer sheets in the dryer and in your wardrobe.
Some studies even suggest that lavender can help digestive issues such as vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas, upset stomach, and abdominal swelling. In addition to helping with digestive issues, lavender is used to help relieve pain from sprains, toothaches, and sores.
Precautions: There is some evidence that long term regular use of concentrated lavender can cause hormone imbalance in males, and young men in puberty.