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Lavender May 5, 2010

Filed under: Food and drink — cnesgreen @ 4:36 pm

Lavender is an aromatic, shrubby, multi-branched herbal plant with a stem reaching a height of about 6 to 24 inches. Purple-colored flowers typically grow on the woody stems, although there are varieties that have pink and white flowers. Lavender bears very narrow, gray green leaves.

 

 

Flower spikes are used for dried flower arrangements. The fragrant, pale purple flowers and flower buds are used in potpourris. Dried and sealed in pouches, they are placed among stored items of clothing to give a fresh fragrance and as a deterrent to moths. The plant is also grown commercially for extraction of lavender oil from the flowers. This oil is used as an antiseptic and for aromatherapy.

 

Lavender is a tough plant and is extremely drought resistant. Its flowers keep their scent when dried and are also edible. If properly cared for, a lavender plant will live up to ten years.

 

Lavender’s History

Lavender is an herb rich in history and culture. Long prized for its healing properties, written records of the use of lavender for medicinal purposes date back as far as 60AD and the writings of Dioscorides. In ancient Rome lavender was recognized for its healing and antiseptic qualities, its ability to deter insects, and for washing. In fact, its name stems from the Latin "lavare", meaning to wash. In Medieval times lavender crosses were hung from doors to ward off evil and to safeguard against disease. In London, people wore bunches of lavender tied to their wrists to protect them from the Plague. During the First World War, when modern antibiotics were sparse, lavender was used to dress wounds and helped to heal scar tissue and burns. Since then lavender has continued to be popular, and not only for medicinal purposes.

 

 

An infusion of lavender is said to soothe headaches. Lavender is frequently used as an aid to sleep and relaxation: an infusion of flowerheads added to a cup of boiling water are recommended as a soothing and relaxing bedtime drink.

 

 

Lavender Tea Benefits have been known for a long time as being particularly beneficial to disorders involving the nervous system.

 

Lavender has been valued as a scented herb throughout the centuries. The fragrance of lavender is known to relax and soothe the mind and the body. Many perfumeries include the essential oil of lavender in formulating their products.

 

 

 

Historically, lavender was used as an antiseptic and for mental health purposes.

Today, the herb is used for conditions such as anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, and depression.

Lavender is also used for headache, upset stomach, and hair loss.

 

 

 

Lavender’s Antibiotic Properties

 

Lavender is renowned for its antibiotic properties. Studies have shown that the essential oil of lavender, particularly when combined with Geranium oil, is capable of killing some Staph infections. Other studies have reported that lavender is good for treating ear infections, and is mild enough to treat such symptoms in children. Recently, four new chemicals have been isolated from lavender plants, and are believed to be beneficial for the treatment of candida. There is ongoing research into these four substances.

 

Anxiety, stress, tension headaches;

Lavender tea (infusion) may be made from the dried flowers, 1 1/2 tsp. flowers to 8oz.water. This can be drunk up to 4 times a day for nervous exhaustion, depression, tension headache, indigestion and as a relaxant during labour.

 

Infectious disease and fever;

Lavender reduces fever and purifies the system by inducing sweating to eliminate toxins. It is a strong antiseptic and has been used to fight diphtheria, strep throat and pneumonia.

 

Lice;

used as a scalp wash it can be used to kill head lice.

 

Mouth and throat;

Lavender tea, or a few drops of oil in a glass of water, used as a gargle eases sore throats and laryngitis, can also soothe toothache.

 

Vomiting and diarrhoea;

Lavender tea can ease the digestive system and relieve vomiting and diarrhoea.

 

Wounds;

lavender oil is an exception to all the other essential oils, in that it does not need to be diluted in a carrier oil because it is so gentle. It is also safe to use on infants and children. Lavender is often used to treat scalds, minor burns, cuts, grazes, inflammation, eczema and dermatitis.

 

 

Herbalist doctor’s viewpoint

 

Lavender tea may help ease insomnia.

Lavender tea may help calm nervousness and anxiety. It may also be used to alleviate stress and uplift flagging spirits.

Lavender tea may help treat an upset stomach, as well as flatulence and colic. It may also be used to treat stomach and bowel infections.

Lavender tea may help alleviate depressive and migraine headaches.

Lavender tea, when applied topically, may help alleviate colds, cough, asthma, bronchitis and similar problems in the respiratory system.

Lavender tea may help induce sweating and consequently reduce the body temperature during fever.

Lavender tea, when applied topically, may help heal cuts, wounds, ulcers and sores.

Lavender tea is also useful as a mouthwash to combat halitosis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For maximum benefit, medicinal tea must be properly prepared. To make lavender tea, pour 8 oz. freshly boiled water over a tea bag in a cup. Cover cup and steep 10-15 minutes. Then strain and enjoy.

 

Water temperature, covering your cup and steeping time greatly influence the yield of beneficial components that will end up in your teacup! Lavender Tea is not recommended to consume over 5 grams daily.

 

 

 

How To Lower Your Stress With Lavender!

One of the greatest herbs in the world to help you relax and wind down is going to be lavender.

One of the greatest ways to use lavender is going to be via aromatherapy;

there are many different bath products that use lavender so you can truly relax your body in the hot water with a scent that is calming.

Another way to use lavender is in your food eating things with lavender in it is a fantastic way to ensure that you are going to calm down.

All around, it is a fantastic herb and can really help you in the long run.

 

How Does Lavender Help Sleeping?

Lavender eases both anxiety and insomnia according to research. For centuries, men and women have placed lavender sprigs in their pillows for a soothing night’s sleep.

How to Use It:Lavender tea is easily made by steeping 1 to 2 teaspoons of whole lavender per cup of hot water. Steep for 10 minutes and drink 1 to 3 times per day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lavender tea is a highly aromatic tea, you may try blending it with other teas such as puer, mint, white tea, Keemun black or green tea for better taste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purple liquid. The fragrance is tangy and special.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once a bag of herbals or flowers is opened, The herbals could be kept in ambient and dry conditions such as in the living room, the study or the office, but it must be completely away from light, moisture, smell and heat.

 

An airtight container or a vacuum tank is an ideal storage solution.

 

 

Sealed Clips are also a good choice for opened packaging bags.

 

 

 

The quality of the herbals lasts longer if they are kept in the fridge. But please make sure the package is sealed and cover with a box to insulate from temperature change.

 

In addition, if the bag is taken in and out from the fridge very often, this will cause heat stress to the herbals as temperature is increased and decreased very frequently. Air will be drawn from outside and condensation will occur.

 

 

That is why we packed our herbals into small sealed packaging bags instead of large bags or boxes. You could open a small bag of the herbal and enjoy its freshness while the other bags are sealed and well kept in the fridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many alternative medicine health care providers feel that using certain herbal teas during pregnancy is a great way to support optimal pregnancy health. Herbal teas can often provide an additional source of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and iron.

 

However, due to the lack of studies on most herbs, the FDA encourages caution when consuming herbal teas during pregnancy.

 

It is always best to talk with a qualified medical professional about any herbal teas that you are interested in drinking.

 

though there are no known reports of harmful drug interactions with lavender, it may increase the sedative effects of many medications. Use with caution if taking medications with sedative effects such as antihistamines and therapies for anxiety and insomnia.

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