Lavender Uses – Relaxation For Your Mind, Body And Soul

By | April 9, 2014

Lavender Uses - Relaxation For  Your Mind, Body And SoulThe first mention of lavender’s healing properties in the late 12th century called it a herb that “dispels pure thoughts and desires”!. In that century this wonderful herb was used for cramps, strokes, edema, dizziness, and a multitude of other ailments. They even believed to be a “brain tonic” when used in shampoos!.

Since that time long ago the actual benefits of lavender on our brains and nervous system have been proven although we no longer believe in using it in shampoo but rather drink it in tea or inhale its volatile oil in aromatherapy.

In fact, the scent of lavender is used in linen closets because it is effective in repelling moths.

What makes lavender so effective are its main active ingredients, its volatile oils. It contains tannins, bitters, and resins and it calms nerves, restlessness and insomnia quickly,

Other uses include abdominal gas, indigestion and loss of appetite. Lavender helps increase appetite by stimulating the livers production of bile. As well sometimes baths using lavender are used to treat circulatory problems or promote wound healing.

How To Use Lavender

You can drink it in a tea, or inhale its oil. You can combine it with other herbs that compliment or enhance its medicinal effects.

Tea – Pour half-pint boiling water over two tsps. lavender flowers and let steep for five to ten minutes, then strain.

Strong Tea – Strong tea is a popular additive to baths, pour hot water over two to three ounces of lavender flowers.

Herbal Sachets – Mix equal parts of lavender flowers and hops and put the herbs into a linen sachet.

Essential Oils – These preparations contain volatile oils that have been extracted by steam distillation. Essential oils are either diffused with a vaporizer, added to massage oil or taken internally.

When To Use

Nervous Exhaustion or Restlessness – Take one to four drops of lavender oil poured over a sugar cube or add a strong tea to your bath and/or drink two cups of lavender tea sweetened with honey.

Insomnia – After taking a herbal lavender bath place a lavender sachet under your pillow. It will help you fall asleep.

Digestive Problems – Drink three cups of lavender tea per day.

Circulation Problems – Add a few drops of lavender oil to your bath or take the oil internally. Use lukewarm water for a bath.

A wise tip if you grow your own vegetables is to place lavender next to the veggies because it acts as a natural pesticide.

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