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Therapeutic Values of Lavender

Updated on July 4, 2012

Flowers are indispensable part of our celebrations and ceremonies. They are widely used in our social and religious life: births, nuptials and even deaths. However, most of us may not know, flowers also ply the trade in maintaining our health and general well being. Dried or fresh flowers and flower extracts have medicinal value, because the highest concentration of life force in a plant is found in flowers.

Lavender is not only essential flower in perfumery, but also has medicinal properties. Lavender extracts (essential oils) and dried lavender can be used externally and internally to heal body and mind. Many cosmetic products and traditional herbal remedies extensively use lavender extracts. It is one of the common flowers in aromatherapy. Herbal teas and body care products usually contain lavender because of its relaxing and stress-relieving properties.


Health Benefits of Lavender

If you are battling with depression and insomnia, lavender is the flower for you. Lavender extracts or lavender essential oil helps to relax body and mind. Use few drops of lavender essential oil on the pillow before you go to sleep, this will alleviate stress and anxiety.

Lavender is very useful for skin. You can use lavender oil to prepare home remedies for skin. It heals skin conditions such as fungal infections or eczema. If your skin is itchy or dry, rub lavender oil on infected parts.

Massage your scalp with lavender essential oil if you have hair loss problem. Scalp massage with lavender oil also cures headaches.

Lavender helps to curb post-operative pain.

Use lavender essential oil or dried lavender in baths to lift your mood.

Lavender hydrates your skin. You can use lavender essential oil in the day time or bed time.

How to Heal From Lavender

Lavender essential oil and dried lavender flowers are used in lavender flower therapy. It can be used externally or internally to alleviate certain mental and physical conditions.

Lavender essential oil is extracted from fresh flowers. Lavender oil has many health benefits. You can extract lavender oil yourself but you need lots of flowers to extract little bit of oil. If you cannot extract lavender oil, you can buy it in the herbal stores.

If you have grown lavender in your backyard, you can dry the flowers and later use as herbal medication. When you are drying flowers, remember to keep away from direct sunlight.

Take a warm bath by adding a tablespoon of lavender essential oil before going to sleep. This will help you to eradicate your sleeping disorder.

If you have skin irritation, make a relaxing bath by using dried lavender. Fill a drawstring muslin bag with half cup of dried lavender, equal amount of oatmeal and 2-3 drops of lavender oil. Place the bag under running water and let the ingredients soak in water. Your bath will be ready in ten minutes.


Lavender Tea

You can make hot or cold tea from dried lavender flowers.

If you are suffering from depression, lavender flower tea will help you. Lavender flower tea is also beneficial to nervous system. There is no side effect of lavender flower tea, you can drink it daily.

How to make lavender tea

Boil 1-2 table spoon dried lavender in a cup of water for two minutes, strain and drink. You may also add 1-2 pieces of cardamom or clove to spice up your tea. You can sweeten your lavender tea with honey.

To make cold lavender tea, soak dried lavender in a cup of hot water for ten minutes. Strain, add ice cubes and honey. Your cold lavender tea is ready.


Lavender Aroma Therapy

Lavender aroma lifts mood by activating nervous system. Lavender aroma therapy greatly helps people battling with sleeping disorder. Lavender is a good alternative to sleeping pills. Importantly, it is not addictive like sleeping pills.

You can use lavender essential oil as room fresher by burning lavender essential oil in an aromatherapy burner. Lavender aroma soothes your nerves and pacifies your mind.

To manage stress and anxiety, add 2-3 drops of lavender oil in a steamer and inhale the steam along with lavender aroma. This will also alleviate dryness in your facial skin. You can also apply lavender essential oil as makeup base because it moisturizes your skin.

Many diseases are rooted in our mind and emotions. When the transformation occurs at the emotional level, the physical change is long lasting. The ancient philosophies reveal that, we cannot enjoy total well being until the mind, body and the spirit are in equilibrium. Healing power of flowers lies in their energy fields that give them their unique healing characteristics.

If you are sick don’t rush to medicine cabinet, instead experiment with alternative medicine such as flower therapy. More and more researches are being carried out to prove benefits of traditional medication. Lots of the formulas have scientific basis.


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    • Aplethora23 profile image

      Angie Power 

      7 years ago from North Cali

      Great info! After reading this, I noticed that Lavender and Aloe Vera plants have similar healing properties. You just gave me an awesome idea for an article. Thank you.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      Hello Debby,

      I have never grown lavender, but I have used lavender essential oil.

      Thanks for sharing your views.


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      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Dear Vinaya - Wonderful, wonderful Hub on Lavender. I do love this plant, although can sometimes be hard to grow. If it does like a place in the garden, don't move it! I dab the beautiful fragrant oil as if cologne or perfume; and have a lavender filled 'eye' pillow for meditation. Blessings, Debby

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal


      Thanks for your generous comments on my hubs.


    • Angelme566 profile image


      7 years ago

      A good alternative medicine..

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      Alecia Myrphy


      Thank you very much for reading, commenting and sharing.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      What a fascinating hub about the health benefits of lavender. Voted this hub up across the board except for funny and shared it on Pinterest.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Lavender is such a beautiful flower and I love the smell of it. I'd heard it was good for relaxation but didn't know about depression and insomnia. Will definitely keep that in mind. Great hub!

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      Hello DDE, I hope you will make best use of your lavenders.


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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I have lots of lavender in my garden thanks for the useful benefits

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      Hi Audrey, I have never grown lavender, but I love the smell.

      Thanks for your comment


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      Audrey Howitt 

      7 years ago from California

      I grow lavender and love its smell--nice to know that it is therapeutic!

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      Hi Angel, thanks for coming back.


    • Angelme566 profile image


      8 years ago

      I agree with Shuva.

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      8 years ago

      Vinaya, you can write wonderfully about any topic. This is simply great.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal

      Hello Ruchira, true indeed lavender is pretty and have many health benefits. Thanks for stopping by.

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      8 years ago from United States

      Lavender is a pretty herb and yet useful. I applaud the information you have supplied in this hub.

      many votes and useful button!

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal



      Thelma Alberts





      Thank you my dear fellow writers for your wonderful comments. I'm glad that you found this useful and you have already used lavender in one or other way.


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      8 years ago from Guildford

      Wow - beautiful - I just love lavender and generations before me have done the same for reasons highlighted in your wonderful hub.

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      Fehl Dungo 

      8 years ago from close to you...

      I'm wearing lavender shirt now LOL. Color is nice though not really my favorite. I love lavender oil in my Swedish massage :) So invigorating. Oh Vinaya this hub has it all, the details and photos so amazing. Never knew much health and mental benefits of lavender til I read this. Plus your dividers are lavender too. :)

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      8 years ago

      Thank you for the wonderful information about lavender.....I didn't know you can use it for so many different things! I have a lavender plant that is beautiful and it smells so amazing....lavender has always been one of my very favorite scents.....and lilac is the other.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What an educational hub Vinaya, well done. Lavender can be so calming.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Sorry Vinaya. I can´t find the share button. Why is it not here? I´ll be back later.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Lavender is my first aid herb. I use lavender essential oil in many ways like using a few drops for my base massage oil, for sleeping, bathing and skin irritations like getting rid of warts. A few years ago I had warts in my finger and I bought a lot of medicine to get rid of them but no success. Then I came interested to lavender essential oil and tried it in my facial massage. I later found out that my warts were gone because I kept on using lavender mixture in my hands.

      This article is very informative and of good quality. I have to share it to my friends here and in FB.

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      Girish puri 

      8 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Vinaya, Indeed it is very useful about and flowers have great medicinal values, In India Flowers of BURAS are found on higher altitudes, and are very useful for Cholesterol and hypertension problems. useful hub.

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      8 years ago

      Your welcome:) I would love to read more of these types of hubs Vinaya.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal








      I'm glad to know that you have benefited from lavender. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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      8 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Beautiful hub, Vinaya Ghimire! I need to put some on my pillow and use it in other ways too! Voted up and across and shared. :)

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      8 years ago

      I love aroma therapy lavender candles. I use the bath and body products too. The smell is fresh and invigorating! I didn't know that lavender was so useful. Voted up useful!

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      Cathleena Beams 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      I love lavender and have grown it in the past, a few different types. Your photo with the field grown lavender is stunning. It is such a fabulous and wonderfully scented flower.

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      Sherry Hewins 

      8 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I suffer from insomnia, and a friend gave me a little pillow stuffed with lavender, and it is indeed very soothing.

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      8 years ago from Hawaii

      I love lavender! I cook with it a lot because I love its delicate taste. As you pointed out, it smells great, tastes good, and is super healthy. Thanks for the tea idea and the beautiful pictures.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      8 years ago from Chennai, India

      A well-written & well-researched hub on one of most important flowers - lavender. I totally agree with its benefits listed by you as I bought lavender aromatic candles and they smell very nice. Also they help in relaxing my senses and enable me in staying more calm than before. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & Socially Shared

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Vinaya,

      I can see from all the comments that many people are verifying the beneficial uses of lavender with regard to sleeplessness, headaches and such. I think of it as an old fashioned scent but obviously one that is well loved and used. Will have to give it a try for some good sleep at night. Voted useful and interesting. Thanks! Tweeting.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal



      Thank you my dear friends and fellow writers for sharing your opinions about lavender.Thanks for reading and commenting. Cheers

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      8 years ago from North Shields, UK

      you know - I grow lavender - but the only thing I've ever done with it is fill my French lavender bags to make the house smell gorgeous. now i know of all sorts of things i can don with it. Must try your lavender tea first. Thanks Vinaya. Splendid work, as ever.

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      8 years ago from London, UK

      Beautiful and useful to read. I love Lavender / Mandarin and Lemon Aromatherapy/Essential Oils. Lavender is my favourite. The qualities are amazing. Spraying Lavender round the house is beautiful too.

      You wrote about Lavender Tea - I have not tried that yet but will buy it, whenever I see it. I'm curious to know what it tastes like. Thanks

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal



      Movie Master














      Nell Rose

      Thank you my dear fellow writers and friends for your wonderful feedback. I'm glad that you have used lavender in one way or other.

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      What a beautiful hub! I love Lavender, I have used it for headaches and as a calming bath oil to make me sleep, the photos are lovely such a wonderful colour. I have run out of Lavender at the moment, I am going to have to get some more now, thanks for the reminder, cheers nell

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      You can never go wrong with lavender and you can never go wrong with a hub by Vinaya! Great job. The pictures are so lovely I can almost smell the lavender and there's so much information you need to read it twice.

      Voted up, useful and interesting!

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      Jools Hogg 

      8 years ago from North-East UK

      Vinaya, such an interesting hub about one of the most gorgeous flowers. I have lavender oil at my bed side in case I can't fall asleep and I just put a drop or two on my pillow and I'm out like a light.

      Great hub, voted up.

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      8 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      This hub is full of amazing information. Vinaya you keep publishing interesting and useful details about things that will enhance a persons life.

    • sofs profile image


      8 years ago

      Great hub with beautiful pictures.. enjoyed it ... I love lavender... the color and the flower.. :) Thanks for sharing.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      The scent of lavender is so pleasing; it's good to know that it also has many therapeutic uses. I love the idea of a drop of lavender on my pillow - that must bring sweet dreams, indeed! Voted up and pinned!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful photos and great Hub. I love Lavender. I've used it on my pillow for years. I didn't know about all these other uses you mention.

      I will vote this UP, etc. and will share.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Beautiful pictures and a well written hub on lavender. Truly, lavender has a lot of benefits. Very beautifully presented Vinaya.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      8 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love the smell of lavender! And your hub is so beautifully put together with the formatting, capsules and photos. Well done, Vinaya. Wonderful work.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      Fantastic hub Vinaya. Very informative, beautifully formatted and highly professional. No wonder this hit the 1000 mark pretty quick. You're a star. voted up and all the way.

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      Joana e Bruno 

      8 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hello, Vinaya, very interesting hub, actually I have lavender in my backyard and I wondering what I was going to do with it and you gave me some ideas... I personally appreciate that tip about using it in cases of sleeping disorder... Voted up, useful and sharing! Stay well!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      8 years ago from Western NC

      I LOVE lavender. I have the essential oil here at home as well as the tea. It just makes life worth living! Hehe. It is great stuff...pardon me, I need to go get a few drops of lavender before I continue. ;)

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      8 years ago

      This is a beautiful hub! I love the pictures and dividers you used. As always your hubs are well written and very informative. I use spray lavender in my boys rooms to help them sleep. Occasionally I drink lavender tea. It's such a useful herb. Voted up and shared! Kelley

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      Jaye Denman 

      8 years ago from Deep South, USA

      A terrific hub, Vinaya! I love the fragrance of lavender and use it often as aromatherapy to relax me...and also my dog. Animals respond to aromatherapy as well as humans. In fact, I'm using it today (a major holiday in the U.S. when fireworks are sounding loudly at all hours). Both my dog and I dislike the noise of firecrackers, so the lavender essential oil is helping us "chill."

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      A fabulous hub Vinaya, I love lavender - the flower and scent is beautiful and it is such a versatile plant.

      Voting up/awesome

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Outstanding hub tribute to lavender! The entire package of this hub is wonderful. Well done!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This is a gorgeous hub! I think Lavender is my favorite of all the flowers I grow due to it's calming properties. It smells so good!

      I love this article and I also love the idea of sprinkling some in my bathwater! Up and everything!!! Awesome job!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal



      b. Malin,











      always exploring,


      Thank you my dear fellow writers for sharing your experience with lavender. I'm glad that you have found this hub useful. Thanks for your comments.

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      8 years ago from Neverland

      The pictures are beautiful and the uses are....well, useful! I knew lavander was good for fighting insomnia and depression but I learned from your Hub that its also good for eczema - my dry skin thanks you =)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh, The lavender flower is so beautiful. I will start using the oil. Thank you Vinaya. I love your articles, they are always interesting, plus helpful. Cheers my friend...

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Vinaya,

      This is right up my holistic alley... I love all that is lavender, using it freely with candles, linen spray, perfumes, tea and sachets... it evokes peacefulness and tranquility no matter what my current state of mind.

      Comprehensive and beautiful in presentation, UP & UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Christopher Peruzzi 

      8 years ago from Freehold, NJ

      Lavender oil has saved my bacon more than once. I used it to reduce the pain and inflammation of sinus pressure by applying a small amount to my mustache hair when I have a head ache.

      It's awesome.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      Your photos are lovely. I have used lavender by itself in a vase as a centerpiece as they are such a pretty color of blue/purple. I also have used it for aromatherapy, but did not know it was good for the skin as well. Thanks for the information and I learned something new today.

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      8 years ago

      Excellent article. Did not know you could use it for skin conditions. In the United States you usually see the essential oil itself, but not the lavender flower or tea in the coops. Good idea if you have lavender in your garden, though.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 years ago from Shelton

      I never knew the values in Lavender I thought it just made women smell lovely .. good share my friend...

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      Alastar Packer 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Had no idea about the lavenders benefits for sleeplessness, pain fighting and use as a shampoo. A medicinal flower to consider using for sure, thanks Vin!

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      8 years ago

      useful and informative post

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 

      8 years ago from India

      Informative, interesting and beautiful hub. Thanks for sharing. I love the aroma of lavender, but I did not know that it is so useful.

      Thanks for enriching my knowledge.

      Voted up, interesting, awesome and of course useful.

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      8 years ago

      Hi Vinaya

      I put a couple of drops of lavender on my pillow to help me sleep.

      If only more people would turn to alternative methods such as flower remedies instead of drugs with their terrible side effects.

      Voted up and away

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      8 years ago

      So good inputs about Lavender but personally i don't like Lavender color for i equate it with grief..thought it is a beautiful color but i find sadness in them , in our tradition this color dominates when family is grieving.

      And i remember one friend says that if you will do gardening , planting plants is therapeutic and you said it here this lines--

      Many diseases are rooted in our mind and emotions. When the transformation occurs at the emotional level, the physical change is long lasting. The ancient philosophies reveal that, we cannot enjoy total well being until the mind, body and the spirit are in equilibrium. Healing power of flowers lies in their energy fields that give them their unique healing characteristics.

      Voted Up , beautiful , useful . awesome and shared now..

      Great Tuesday Morning friend V.

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      b. Malin 

      8 years ago

      Lavender is one of my Favorite colors in Flowers...Who knew it had such a Wonderful History and is used for good health and well being. The Tea sounds Delicious, I will try it...And Flower Therapy sounds Wonderful. Thanks so much for Sharing this Enlightening Hub Vinaya.

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      Carolee Samuda 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      Hey Vinaya. I love lavender, one of my favourite smells. Lavender bubble baths always relaxes me and make me sleep much better.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lavender is my favorite herb by far; we have it growing all over our property. Great hub!


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