Posted by: godshealingplants | November 16, 2017

LAVENDER BENEFITS

HISTORY

Lavender is a perennial flowering shrub native to northern Africa and the Mediterranean region, with a history dating back to more than 2,500 years ago. It has been used by ancient civilizations such as the Phoenicians, Arabians and Egyptians for perfumes and mummification. The Greeks, Romans and Persians on the other hand, added it to their bathwater to wash and help purify their skin. They also discovered its medicinal properties.

The ancient Greeks called Lavender nardus, after the Syrian city of Naarda and was commonly called Nard. Lavender was one of the holy herbs used to prepare the essence and Nard, or ‘spikenard’ and is mentioned in the Bible in the ‘Song of Solomon’ and in the gospels’ accounts of women anointing Jesus with Nard (Mark 14:3; John 12:3).

Today Lavender widespread presence is due to its beautiful flowers, its alluring scent and its extensive uses.  

ABOUT

Lavender is a perennial flowering plant of the mint family known for its beauty, its sweet floral fragrance and its multiple uses.

 

It is a short shrub that grows to be roughly 2 feet tall. The distinct, fresh scent of lavender comes from the plant’s flowers, which is where the essential oil is extracted from. After extraction, lavender essential oil is produced through the process of steam distillation. During steam distillation, steam and pressure are used to cause chemical elements to be released from the plant—separating water and the essential oil.

 

It takes 35 pounds of lavender flowers to produce just one 15mL bottle of Lavender essential oil. 

It is comprised of over 150 active constituents that are rich in esters, which are aromatic molecules that contain antispasmodic, calming and stimulating properties. 

Today, lavender is sold in different forms, and is a common fixture among households and professionals. It can be used in different ways, such as for cooking, home decorations and aromatherapy. Lavender has a sweet, floral, herbaceous and slightly woody scent. 

BENEFITS 

Due to the rich, long history of lavender, it is no surprise that many cultures have used it in various ways to help treat different conditions. Below you will find some of them: 

BLOOD CIRCULATION: Lavender may help with lowering elevated blood pressure levels and can be used against hypertension. 

DIGESTION: Lavender may help improve the digestive tract by stimulating the production of bile and gastric juices. As a result, it may help alleviate conditions like stomach pain, indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea. 

HAIR: Lavender essential oil has been helpful to aid people dealing with baldness, especially for those who are suffering from alopecia. Consequently, oil of lavender has also been advocated as a preventative step for baldness. It has also been highly successful in killing lice eggs, and lice. 

INSOMNIA: If you regularly struggle with insomnia or restless sleep patterns, it can negatively impact your life. By brewing a few lavender flowers in hot water, you can steep a wonderful tea that has been used to induce sleep and relaxation for thousands of years. 

PAIN RELIEF: Applying lavender essential oil to your muscles may help relieve soreness, joint pain and rheumatism. 

RESPIRATORY DISORDERS: Diffused via an inhaler or a vaporizer, lavender essential oil can help treat respiratory infections like the common cold, flu, cough and asthma. You may apply it directly to your chest, neck or back as well. 

SKIN DISORDER: Lavender essential oil is known to have strong antifungal properties, which may help with common fungal infections like ringworm. 

HOW TO USE LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

 

There are many ways to apply lavender essential oil. Some of the most commonly used methods include: 

  • BATH: Adding a few drops of lavender oil to your bathwater can help you to experience the therapeutic benefits throughout your body almost instantly. 
  • DIFFUSER: You can use a diffuser to help treat any respiratory conditions you might have. This method can help you feel relaxed and may help you breathe easier. 
  • MASSAGE: You can apply diluted lavender essential oil directly to your skin and massage it to help feel relaxed. You can use it on fungal infections as well to help speed up the healing process. Diluting it with a carrier oil is important because it has a very strong aroma, and an undiluted application can possibly sting your skin. 
  • SOAK: You can soak your hands and feet in a warm bowl of water mixed with lavender oil after a tiring day at work.

The oil is also used as a disinfectant, an antiseptic, an anti-inflammatory and for aromatherapy. An infusion of lavender is claimed to soothe and heal insect bites, sunburn and small cuts, burns and inflammatory conditions and even acne.

Lavender oil is said to soothe headaches, migraines and motion sickness when applied to the temples. It is frequently used as an aid to sleep and relaxation. 

NOTE: Important Things to Remember Before Using Lavender Essential Oil.Before using lavender essential oil, or any essential oil for that matter, it’s always important to do a skin test first to check for any allergic reaction. To perform the test, apply one drop of pure lavender essential oil to your arm and see if the skin becomes irritated. If the nothing happens, then you’re free to proceed with using the oil – but make sure it’s diluted when you do so. Should any irritation occur, stop using the oil immediately and contact your doctor if the irritation doesn’t subside. 

OTHER BENEFITS

Aside from the therapeutic and topical benefits of lavender, it has other useful applications as well, such as:

 

Air FreshenerThe fragrant, pale purple flowers and flower buds are used in potpourris, as fragrant herbal filler inside sachets, to give linens, closets and drawers a fresh scent. They are also a safe, natural alternative to mothballs. You can place sachets in your car as an alternative to commercial air fresheners. And as an air spray, it is used to give a fresh scent to practically any room. 

Home Decorating – Lavender flowers are very pleasing to the eye, making them popular choices for home decorations. You can plant them in patterns to create natural borders in your garden, or you can just grab a bunch and place them in a vase or jar to add life to any room.

CULINARY ENJOYMENT

As a member of the mint family, Lavender has been used for centuries in the preparation of food.

Lavender delivers a floral, slightly sweet and elegant flavor to salads, soups, meat and seafood dishes, desserts, cheeses, baked goods and confectionery. For most cooking applications it is the dried flowers that are used although the leaves may also be used. Only the buds or flowers contain the essential oil of Lavender which is where the scent and flavor are best derived.

 

Make sure to grind them finely first before cooking and use them sparingly, as they have a powerful flavor and aroma that can overpower the other ingredients in your dish. 

Here are some ideas for using lavender in cooking:

Lavender, ginger lemonade

Chia soaked in rice or almond milk with blueberry, lavender and seeds

Lavender lentil salad

 Lavender vinaigrette

 

 Lavender lemon cup cakes 

Lavender blueberry ice-cream

Chocolate pound cake with lavender glaze

Lavender tea

ENJOY!

 

SOURCES:

http://mercola.com

http://naturalnewsblog.com

https:/doterra.com

https://bulkapothecary.com

 

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