Lavender Uses and Benefits: Lavender is a bushy shrub with gray-green foliage and a silvery sheen. Its flowers, quite fragrant, come in different colors: blue, purple, violet or white. Synonymous with Provence and often associated with the sun and the sweetness of life, lavender is one of the oldest perfumes known to man. It has also long been known for its medicinal properties.
Soothing. The essential oil of lavender calms and combats anxiety and irritability, thus balancing the nervous system. It calms feelings of internal instability. A few ways to use lavender for the nerves: a bath with lavender can be both refreshing and soothing; put lavender flowers in a cloth bag and hang it under the bathtub faucet. Known also as a “headache” herb, it gives great relief for migraines, headaches, and dizziness. Keep a bouquet of lavender under your pillow to soothe bouts of restless sleep. The warmth from one’s head releases the calming odors from the plant.
Exciting! Being very aromatic, lavender helps digestion. Lavender works well in cases of colic, flatulence, gastroenteritis, nausea, and bloating. Half a cup of lavender tea twice a day can calm upset stomachs.
Antispasmodic. Lavender is effective in reducing persistent cough; it is therefore suggested in the relief of respiratory ailments. It fights respiratory diseases especially if they are the sort linked to anxiety, like asthma. It relaxes the individual and allows him to breathe better.
Lavender on your Plate
Even though blue isn’t a color you generally find humans eating (ever seen a blue vegetable?), lavender has quietly managed to land on our plates. It possesses a very rich flavor, so it must always be used sparingly. Some ideas: lavender-scented oil can be used on salads; fruit tarts can be served with jam or a hint of lavender; or hot milk can be infused with lavender for a guaranteed calming effect. To enjoy a summer twist to roasts, add a fifth of the amount of thyme against an equivalent portion of lavender, and get ready for a taste both surprising and intoxicating.
Lavender in the Garden!
The odor of lavender acts favorably on vegetable gardens, as it helps nearby vegetables become stronger and more flavorful.
Lavender oil is one of the most popular essential oils because of its many beneficial properties. One property we know of best is its ability to promote relaxation. It can therefore be used to combat insomnia, anxiety, and migraines caused by stress, or to simply to promote sleep.
You probably already know that lavender has calming effects, but did you know that it also promotes the healing of small wounds? Its healing effect stems from its antiseptic nature. It helps address, among other things, wounds, burns, insect bites, and cuts without irritating the skin! When released into the air, the analgesic qualities of the essential oil, promote the alleviation of cough.
The essential oil of lavender can also be used in the treatment of many skin problems like acne, eczema and other skin diseases. Its antiseptic properties also allow it to be safely used on clothing to protect from moths.