Even smelling this medicinal herb, lavender has been shown to calm and relax. It also eases pain, and when applied to cuts and bruises functions as an antiseptic.
This herb originally found only in the Mediterranean,but now blooms in many sunny locations around the world and is also very popular as a decorative garden shrub as it produces beautifully scented purple flower heads.
These flowers are fragrant aromatic,relaxing herb,and it can be used in baking,lotion making,gourmet cooking,tea making,tinctures and much more.The flowers are full of medicinally active compounds!
- Hair loss in a condition called alopecia areata. There is some evidence that applying lavender oil in combination with oils from thyme,rosemary,and cedarwood might improve hair growth by as much as 44% after 7 months of treatment.
- Canker sores. Some research shows that applying two drops of lavender oil to affected area three times daily can improve canker sore healing and reduce canker sore swelling and pain.
- Anxiety. Some research shows that taking lavender oil by mouth for 6-10 weeks improves anxiety and sleep and prevents anxiety recurrence in people with mild to severe anxiety. However, does not seem to be more effective than the anti-anxiety medicationlorazepam (Ativan).So far, early studies disagree about the effectiveness of using this oil as aromatherapy for treating anxiety.
- Adding the dried herb to homemade buckwheath pillows or sleep mascks to help promote relaxing sleep.
- A strong tea can be cooled and used as a scalp rince to remedy dandruff.
- The essential oil can be used tropically to help with acne or skin irritations.
- The essential oil or lavender infused oil in homemade lotion bars,lotions,whipped body butter and more.
- Simmering dried lavender herb in a pot of water with some citrus peels for a natural air freshener.
It has been thought for centuries to enflame passions as an aphrodisiac, and is still one of the most recognized scents in the world. The German Commission E commended lavender for treating insomnia, nervous stomach, and anxiety. The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia lists it as a treatment for flatulence, colic, and depressive headaches, and many modern herbal practitioners use the herb to treat migraines in menopause. In Spain, it is added to teas to treat diabetes and insulin resistance.One of the problems with lavender is that it can grow and spread quickly, which is why it is actually considered a weed in certain parts of the world, particularly if that varietal isn’t one of those prized for their scent. The scent and flavor is wonderful, but the real bonus of lavender comes from its health benefits, which we will explore in greater detail below.
Lavender has a long history of use in natural remedies and as a natural scent and perfume. It’s calming scent makes it soothing to the respiratory system and it is often suggested to be diffused to calm coughs and colds. It’s natural antibacterial properties may also make it useful in protecting against airborne viruses and bacteria when diffused.