Lavender Leaf (Lavendula sp various)
Lavender is such a well-loved herb through the centuries. It is believed that lavender originated in the Mediteranean area and was more than likely spread throughout Europe by the Romans. The word lavender comes from the Latin word lavare, which means “to wash”. The Romans loved to use this herb in their baths.
Throughout history lavender has symbolized love, affection, cleanliness, purity, chastity, protection, longevity, acknowledgement, perseverance and peace. Biblical references and folklore have mingled together over the years, and it was believed that Adam and Eve took lavender with them when they were banished from the Garden of Eden. As that legend goes, lavender later received its perfume distinction when Mary laid the baby Jesus’ clothes upon a bush of it to dry. In the gospel of Luke it is mentioned by the name used at that time, spikenard.
Today, lavender is most well-known for the following reasons:
As a tea or infusion it promotes good health. It is used for nervousness, anxiety, tension, hysteria. Lavender is also emotionally balancing. It reduces irritability, calms the digestive system, counteracts insomnia, aids sleeping and relieves fatigue. It also aids indigestion, anxiety, exhaustion, tension headaches and migraine. Relieves pain from rheumatism, arthritis, facial pains, neuralgia, sprains, inflammation and toothache. Reduces nausea, vertigo and can revive one from a faint. It is a stimulant for palsy, debility and lack of nerve power. Lavender stimulates peripheral circulation. It is also known as an antidepressant.
Wow! What a hard working herb! No wonder our foremothers and fathers loved it.
It is also used externally for burns, sunburn, rheumatism, muscular pains, neuralgia, cold sores, insect bites, head lice, halitosis, vaginal discharge and anal fissure. It is analgesic and antiseptic. Good for psoriasis and eczema.
In the home it is an excellent insect repellent. An essential ingredient for potpourri. It keeps away fish moths and mice. It makes a good flavoring in biscuits, cake and pancakes
It is also used to make tonic water for delicate and sensitive skins. Beneficial for dandruff.
Lavender contains the following nutrients: Vitamin A, calcium, iron
Dosage: Can be used freely as this is a very safe herb,
Cautions: Should not be used during pregnancy
How to make tea:
Put one teaspoon of herbs into a cup of boiling water. Cover and stand for 10 minutes, strain, drink hot or cold without sugar. Try to stop using sugar where ever possible. We cannot be held responsible for any claims arising from the incorrect use of herb remedy. Take under guidance of a qualified person. Do not take herbal remedies continuously