Lavender (Latin name: Lavandula angustifolia officinalis)
This shrub native of the Mediterranean region has some 28 species cultivated in many countries. In recent years it is grown even in the cold climate of Quebec!
Pleasantly perfumed and elegant, Lavender is appreciated since antiquity.
It is often called the "wonder of the smell".
Lavender is used in perfumery, cosmetics, decoration, as a natural insecticide and of course for its many medicinal properties.
Medicinal properties of Lavender:
Lavender has powerful antiseptic properties, it is also sedative, anxiolytic (which calms anxiety) and antispasmodic, it helps digestion and promotes bile evacuation.
Lavender would be effective in relieving migraine headaches and stimulate some sleep (a small bag of dried lavender under the pillow or a few drops of essential oil in a diffuser).
It would also be an antidote against the venom of reptiles. It also recommends whole lavender baths to strengthen children and keep them healthy.
Lavender is useful in cases of:
- Nervousness and anxiety
- Sleep disorders
- Lack of appetite
- Intestinal disorders
- Minor skin infections
- Poor circulation
- Respiratory problems (in combination with other herbs) to help cure the common cold, flu, bronchitis and other respiratory problems.
- Mouth ulcers and mouth sores
The use of lavender:
We use lavender flowers in internal or external use, in the form of flat fresh or dried in herbal teas, essential oil.
Internal use: fresh or dried flowers to make tea. 5 g of flowers per liter of boiling water. Infusion of 5 minutes.
Externally: alcoholate-based essential oil or dried flowers. Preparation: 100g of fresh flowers macerated in 500 ml alcohol at 30 °
Gargle: 3 to 4 drops of essential oil in a glass of water
Do not use lavender essential oil internally. Should not be used by pregnant or lactating women.
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