Information on Lavender
Lavender has been used for numerous centuries for different
purposes because it provides various different types of benefits. Lavender
flowers and lavender essential oil have been important ingredients in the
traditional medicine because they have very powerful healing properties.
Lavender is usually cherished for its wonderful aroma.
Lavender is a genus of 39 different flowering plants and it belongs to the mint family. It originates from the Mediterranean region, southeast India and tropical Africa. Nowadays it can also be found in Australia, southern Europe and the United States. It is characterized by an upright stem and shoots, small violet flowers borne in whorls and actually forming a spike right above the foliage.
Lavender Uses and Benefits
Lavender can be used for various different types of
medicinal and culinary purposes. Both the flowers and the plant can be used,
depending on the purpose.
Different types of lavender preparations commonly
involve dried flowers, lavender essential oil, tincture, teas and infusion.
Lavender flowers can be used for the preparation of desserts, cookies, jams,
ice cream and jellies. They can also be used for different types of salad. The
flowers can also be used to make lavender syrup and lavender sugar.
lavender buds are the most commonly used for all different culinary purposes.
Lavender oil can be made from the flowers and it is an important ingredient of
numerous different types of perfumes, salves, balms, and cosmetics because it is
characterized by a fresh and sweet fragrance.
Lavender oil also has very potent
antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties so it
can be of great help when it comes to the treatment of minor cuts, colic, skin
abrasions, indigestion, wounds, nausea, insect bites, gas, insect stings,
throat infection, skin lesions, ear infection, burns, sinus infection, blisters,
congestion, eczema, cough, acne, bronchitis, headache, asthma, migraine,
rheumatoid arthritis and muscle pain.
Lavender tea made from lavender flowers
has powerful soothing and antidepressant properties so it can be used of great
help for those who suffer from nervousness, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
It also slows down the activity of the central nervous system which can be
beneficial for those who suffer from agitation and restlessness.
Lavender tea can also be used as a hair rinse in order to get rid of the annoying dandruff. Lavender is also efficient in repelling moth and other types of insects. It can also be used for dried flower arrangements. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid ingesting lavender in any form.