Lavender (Lavandula Officinalis) medicinal herb, also called Lavandula Vera is a plant that is native to the Mediterranean. The botanical name comes from a Latin word meaning "to wash." The Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, as well as ancient Egyptians all used this herb medicinally. They also used it as a perfume, hair conditioners, bath waters, and lotion for the skin. The tips of the blossoms were also used to flavor desserts and drinks. It is a perennial herb that belongs to the mint family and it is an aromatic herb.
The medicinal properties are antibacterial, carminative, sedative, analgesic, antidepressant, decongestant, relaxant, nervine, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-anxiety, antimicrobial, vulnerary and anti-fungal. The constituents are tannins, volatile oil and coumarins, flavonoids.
The common names are Lavandula officinalis, Lavandula Vera, English lavender, Common and True lavender.
There are many varieties of this plant but the English plant is considered best in regards to fragrance. The odor is just extraordinary refreshing. Mixing the flowers with black tea will ensure added fragrance. It is one of the best herbs that is a part of aromatherapy. When you hear the name, the first thing that comes to mind is aromatherapy. For me, it it the top herb in aromatherapy. It is the herb that you can take when going on a trip to overcome any little discomforts and ailments. It is referred to as 'the medicine chest in a bottle' and I am in total agreement with that statement.
It is an essential plant for herb garden. The oil, leaves and flowers are used as a tea in the form of a tincture. It has a soothing effect on the nerves, relieves hoarseness, sore throat, sweetens the breath, eliminates worms, settles the stomach, relieves fainting, nausea and vomiting, and it also increases the flow of urine.
Take 7 drops of the oil with a spoonful of honey for gas, dizzy spells, fainting, migraine headaches, motion sickness and purifying of the intestines. The oil rubbed in the insides of your hat is said to stimulate the brain and relieve headaches. The oil of this medicinal herb is used as a rub to relieve pains in the joints and other pains due to rheumatism and arthritis. A few drops of the oil of this plant in a spoon of honey will quickly calm the nerves, settle the stomach, sweeten the breath, and act as a disinfectant. It also reduces fever.
Adding the oil, flowers or tea to bath water will make a good body deodorant. It calms the nerves and relieves fatigue. It is a good skin cleanser which stimulate circulation of the blood to the skin and helps to remove blemishes and other marks from the skin. In England, the bath is traditionally used to to relieve bodily aches and pains. This medicinal herb is a good mouthwash, deodorant, skin cleanser, and a foot bath for tired feet.
It can be used as an ingredient in hair care products and you can do just that right at home. Just combine the oil with apple cider vinegar and nettle and use as hair rinse for dry and normal hair. You can also combine peppermint, jojoba as well as oat extract with lavender oil which will make a very useful scalp oil treatment.
As an insect repellent, combine equal parts of thyme linalol, peppermint, lemongrass oil and a carrier oil such as olive oil can prevent insect bites and stings. Apply to the skin or put on pieces of tissues and placed at strategic locations in rooms to keep away insects.
To make a tincture, liniment or deodorant,
Let this stand for nine
days, then strain and use as desire.The dosage is one or two
teaspoonful to a cup of warm water, sweetened with honey. As a herbal deodorant or herbal body lotion, dilute a little before applying lavender products to the skin.