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About lavender uses

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.

The dried 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.

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