Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula officinalis – The name lavender comes from the Latin root lavare, which means “to wash.” Originating in the hills of the mediterranean it now mostly grown in Europe.
Here are some facts and uses for lavender:
- Lavender essential oils can be used if you have dry scalp conditions. Mix 15 drops of lavender essential oil with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Gently warm the mixture. Wet your hair and massage into the scalp. Leave for an hour then shampoo out
- Used in baths for hundreds of years to help purify body and spirit
- When the lavender scent is inhaled it has been scientifically proven to have calming effects similar to that of a mild sedative
- Lavender is a natural anti-inflammatory so can be used on swelling or itching
- Antioxidants in lavender help to reduce the bad bacteria in your gut, which aids digestion.
- Use lavender infused tea to settle your stomach and act as a mild sedative to help sleep
- Cooking with lavender -herbes de Provence is a mixture of dried herbs from France which contains lavender. Check out these 13 recipes using this herbal mixture.
- Science has proven that lavender lowers heart rate but is most effective to induce sleep when used with other methods such as cutting out caffeine, creating a dark environment, no internet before bed and routine sleeping times
- Used to aid insomnia and anxiety, depression and fatigue
- Lavender contains Iron, Calcium and vitamin A
- Dilute essential oils with warm water to clean the house. This will leave your home smelling aromatic and floral and also acts as a disinfectant for your surfaces.
- The scent of lavender deters mice, flies, mosquitoes and other pests from the area
- Can be used to to deter fleas from the pets in your home by adding a few drops to the back of their neck.
- During London’s great plague, people would tie bunches of lavender to their wrists to fight infection and bacteria
Pure lavender oil is actually toxic when taken orally. The most effective way to reap its benefits is by inhalation therapy, directly onto the skin or using the lavender flower whole in food and drinks.
We recommend using lavender essential oils or scented candles with lavender.
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