Lavender - by Wendy Kerr

 

Lavender works to calm and sooth a person on a deep level allowing natural healing to occur.

Lavender is regarded as the most versatile, easily obtained herb.

 

Lavender is also known as:  Lamiaceae (Labiatae), L. Vera, L. Officinale, Garden Lavender, Common Lavender. 


The scent of Lavender is familiar to almost everyone. The odor is conducive to a long life, and should be smelled as often as possible, all nightlong when you place fresh picked Lavender in your pillow case before sleep! Sweet dreams are a given. Having been used as a cosmetic water, insect repellent, for relaxation and sleep are only a part of the list of the benefits of this plant.

Lavender is believed to benefit a multitude of problems, including stress, anxiety, exhaustion, irritability, headaches, migraines, insomnia, depression, colds, digestion, flatulence, upset stomach, liver and gallbladder problems, nervousness, loss of appetite, and as a breath freshener and mouthwash.  Lavender essence or water can be used as a skin toner useful for speeding cell renewal and is a powerful antiseptic for acne.  Lavender also has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsive, and last but certainly not least - anti-depressant properties.  Lavender is so versatile, this is just a small list of its benefits!  

USES IN THE HOME

As a tea for relaxation, stomach upset and a peaceful sleep.

Lavender water can be used as a tonic for the skin, providing antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and fever reducer. 

Sprays and aromatherapy that use lavender are very effective in keeping pesky insects away from you and your home.

Effective in the treatment of lice, ringworm, scabies and sunburn.

A drop of essential oil of Lavender on each temple can relieve headache and migraine pain.

Chewing on the dried stems of the plant, acts like a toothbrush from nature!

Flowers are delicious in salads!