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The Very Useful Lavender Herb

Updated on April 2, 2017

Lavender Is A Wonderful Herb

Lavender Has Many Benefits

There are many varieties of the Lavender plant. The early Romans used the Lavender plant in their bath houses as a strewing herb, and also for beauty purposes. Lavender is a wonderful herb, and it’s safe to use. It helps to ease the nerves, especially frazzled nerves, and it helps for depression and insomnia. Lavender also helps to treat sunburn, eczema, acne and bruises. Lavender has a harmonizing effect on the body. It eases fear in cases of emotional upset and anxiousness, and it also relaxes the mind. It also helps to ease winds, and bloating, and it eases muscle spasms. It’s antibacterial, and it helps for depression. It also stimulates blood flow. It’s a perennial bushy shrub and it grows to between 30cm and 100cm high, and its fragrant leaves are pointed and smooth, and the edges of the leaves are serrated. The tiny flowers smell very lovely, and they cluster at the end of spiky long stems. The lavender plant looks attractive in any garden.

How To Use Lavender Essential Oil

Use ten drops of Lavender Essential Oil, and mix it with 20ml carrier oil (like sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil), and massage it into affected muscles, or massage it into your temples if you have a headache, or add six to eight drops to a nice warm bath. Wait until the water is in the bath, and then add the Lavender Essential Oil. If you add the Essential Oil while the bath is still busy filling with water, then the Oil will evaporate. If you add a few drops of Lavender to an aromatherapy burner, it can help to create a lovely calm atmosphere, which will help you to sleep better.

Lavender Can Help You To Sleep Better

Lavender Is A Fantastic Antiseptic

Lavender is excellent as an antiseptic. What’s more, is that it has a very soothing effect on tired and aching muscles, and at the end of the day, after a hard day’s work, a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil in a nice warm bath is the ultimate pampering session. Afterwards, you will feel enveloped in tranquillity, and it’s an absolutely blissful experience. Lavender gets rid of tension in a hurry, by gently caressing the soul.

Don’t ever use Lavender Essential Oils during the first three months of pregnancy.

Lavender is a great garden plant, because with its striking purple flowers, it makes a garden beautiful. Also, Lavender has a fragrance that is pleasing to the senses. If you want to attract butterflies and bees to your garden, plant lots of Lavender. Butterflies and bees are quite delightful. When you grow Lavender, do not overwater it. You only need to water it once a week. It needs sunshine, and well drained soil. Add a bit of lime to the soil. This will help the Lavender plants establish themselves.

Lavender Gently Caresses One's Soul

Some Great Uses For Lavender

  • Lavender Oil should not be ingested, because it is highly toxic. It’s okay to inhale it, or to mix it with a carrier oil and massage it into the skin, or you can add it to your bath water, or you can add a few drops to an aromatherapy burner. It’s also a great idea to scent your handkerchief with Lavender water, and to fan yourself with it.
  • Pour boiling water over a small sprig of English Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia), to make a soothing tea. Steep for five to six minutes. Then strain, and voila, you have made your own cup of lavender tea. Sweeten with honey or sugar, and drink before going to bed. It eases insomnia, anxiety and stress.
  • Hang bunches of cut Lavender (flowers down) in a dry and cool place. You can remove the flowers once they are dry, and put it in muslin bags. The lovely flowers keep their fragrance for years. To repel moths, hang these muslin bags in clothes and linen cupboards.
  • Paint your bedroom walls in a shade of Lavender, for a soothing atmosphere.
  • Another excellent idea is to place a Lavender Sachet (muslin bag) under your pillow for a good night’s sleep.
  • And even more fantastic, is that you can discourage fleas by tucking one or two sachets (muslin bags) of Lavender into your dog’s bedding.
  • Lavender is being used in restaurants right across the world. It has a great taste, and it is very fragrant. It adds color to salads, and you can use it in quite a few recipes. It’s excellent as a garnish. The fragrance is much better if the Lavender Flowers are fresh.
  • A very great idea is to flavor jams and desserts with lavender flowers. You can also take the lavender leaves and flowers, and use it to make lavender vinegar. All you need to do is to add eight to eleven sprigs of lavender to a 750ml bottle of apple-cider vinegar. You may need to pour the liquid into a bigger bottle. Now seal the lid, and place the bottle in an area where it can stand in the sun for three whole weeks. The lavender in the bottle should be replaced with fresh lavender leaves and flowers each week to make a stronger lavender infusion.

Some More Great Ways To Use Lavender

  • You can use Lavender Essential Oil to moisturize your skin. It’s a wonderful moisturizer. Mix 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil with 10ml carrier oil (sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil), and massage into your face. For best results do this twice a day, mornings and evenings. Lavender also works wonderfully as a facial toner. Make your own by simmering one cup of water and then add a cup of fresh lavender flowers and leaves. Leave it to cool for a while, and then strain, reserving the liquid. Add a 100ml of witch hazel(available from the pharmacy), and stir, and then pour the liquid into a dark bottle. It should be stored in a cool place.
  • Lavender is great for the libido.
  • Lavender tastes wonderfully delicious in puddings, sweet baked goods, soup and stews.
  • Lavender takes the itch and inflammation out of insect bites. It also helps for nasty stings.
  • Lavender is being used in many air fresheners because it kills bacteria in the air, and because of its refreshing fragrance.
  • Lavender Plants around the house keeps away insects like crickets.
  • Lavender is also being used in soaps, body lotions, moisturizers, tissue oils, perfumes, and in aromatherapy oils.
  • If you have aching muscles, then add a bunch of fresh lavender to your bath water. Your muscles will soon feel soothed. You can also mix lavender essential oil with aqueous cream to massage muscular aches, and you can also use it to massage areas that have cellulite.
  • Lavender can be used lavishly, because it has a very low toxicity.

Lavender Makes A Soothing Tea

Recipe For A Lavender Bath Soak

Lovely Lavender Bath Soak For A Softer Skin :

Ingredients :

5 drops lavender essential oil

2 tablespoons honey

5 tablespoons baking soda

1 cup milk

Pour the milk into a bowl, and then add the baking soda. Stir well. Now add the honey, and mix very well. Add the lavender essential oil, and mix well too. This mixture is adequate for one tub. After adding it to your bath, just lie back, inhale the lovely fragrance, and relax. Ooh, it’s total bliss.

The Lavender Plant is truly remarkable, and quite amazing, because it is so useful, so having a few Lavender Plants in your garden may be a very good idea.

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