The word lavender is derived for the Latin word Lavere meaning to wash. Lavender is reference in the bible by the name spikenard, which is the Greek name for Lavender. Lavender comes in several different species they are English Lavender, Hidcote English Lavender, Munstead English Lavender, Grosso Lavender, Provence Lavender and French Lavender.
Lavender Uses & Benefits
Lavender has been valued for centuries for its physical beauty, soothing fragrance and healing properties. “It has been said that in ancient times bundles of lavender were given to women in labor for squeezing during contractions as the fragrance released was known to calm pain and facilitate an unencumbered birth.” (Temecula Co 2019)
“In fact, lavender is the oldest perfume known and its remnants were found in the ancient tombs of Egyptian royalty. At times throughout history, lavender was so highly prized that is was reserved for the use of royalty only” (Jackelliot.over-blog.com 2019)
Here are some of the ways you can use lavender to your benefit.
- Essential Lavender Oil Benefits – Lavender is the most used essential oil in the world due to its medicinal benefits and pleasant aroma. Continuous use of Lavender oil provides antioxidant protection, helps balance blood sugar, heals cuts and burns, improves acne and alleviates headaches. Putting a few drops of essential lavender oil on your temples is said to alleviate symptoms of tension headaches and migraines. Lavender oil, it is commonly used in relaxing massages and in skin care and bath products.
- Dried Lavender Tea– Drinking it before bedtime can help alleviate stress, anxiety and depression and help you doze off into a peaceful slumber. You can also make tea from the dried leaves to help relieve nervous stomach or digestive problems.
- Lavender Lotion not only provides a calming effect from the scent but also moistures the skin. Use it in a diffuser or put some on the bottom of your feet. You can also put it on your pillows.
- Cooking with Lavender in the Kitchen– Lavender is part of the mint family so it can be added to bring a touch of flavor to any dish. It can be used in cookies, salads or you might try making lavender lemonade.
- Lavender Potpourri, Spray and Scented Candles add the beautiful scent to any room or space. Putting Lavender potpourri in your drawers or closet is a nice way to freshen up any area.
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