It’s known as “first aid in a bottle,” but Lavender has a long history of use.
Egyptians are said to have used it as a perfume and in mummification. Romans used it for bathing, cooking and scenting the air and it was used in the Middle Ages for sanitizing churches and homes against the Plague.
It is generally considered a safe herb for most populations and has a wide variety of uses.
Parts Used: Flower
Mental and Emotional
Lavender is often found to be profoundly relaxing and uplifting with mild antidepressant effects. It’s one of the best herbs for baths to support relief of tension, stress, nervousness, depression and insomnia.
Use a few drops of essential oil or blossoms in a muslin bag in a bath. No time for a bath? 8-10 drops lavender essential oil in 4 oz grapeseed, almond or apricot base oil to make a great massage oil, or a quick pick-me-up placed on the nape of neck or inside the wrists to help support mood and a healthy outlook. It’s great to help relax!
This herb has been shown to be antimicrobial, helping to increase resistance to colds, cough, upper respiratory infections and antispasmodic assisting those with asthma and coughs.
Lavender is a popular antispasmodic, used in digestive formulas to support indigestion relief and calm muscle spasms in the bowel. Said to relieve abdominal swelling from gas in the intestinal or peritoneal cavity. The herb also is believed to ease loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea and upset stomach.
Lavender essential oil has been used as an antiseptic for inflammation and treatment of infection of the skin. The oil has been used to stimulate tissue repair, minimize scar formation and relieve bites and stings.
Combined with feverfew, Lavender supports alleviation of migraines and other types of headaches.
It’s also considered an antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic and can be used alone or in conjunction with other herbs to help treat a variety of infections.
According to Webmd, “Lavender is LIKELY SAFE for most adults in food amounts. It’s POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth, applied to the skin, or inhaled in medicinal amounts. There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking this or any other natural supplement if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.”
Chloral Hydrate, sedative medications including Barbiturates and CNS depressants interact with this herb which might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Taking this along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness. Stop using lavender at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery, according to Webmd.
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