Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, is masculine in action and associated with Mercury, the element of air and the astrological sign Virgo. Lavender is an excellent meditation herb. Burning lavender incense during meditation can help you to relax, open your mind, and free yourself. The scent of lavender is relaxing and uplifting all at once making it a great aromatherapy for stressed out or depressed individuals.
Lavender has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy, and does indeed appear to have antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsive, and last but certainly not least - anti-depressant properties. Either fresh or dried flowers contain the medicinal properties of Lavender.
Lavender is most commonly steam distilled
Internally, Lavender is believed to be of benefit for a multitude of problems, including stress, anxiety, exhaustion, irritability, headaches, migraines, insomnia, depression, colds, digestion, flatulence, upset stomach, liver and gallbladder problems, nervousness, loss of appetite, and as a breath freshener and mouthwash. Inhaling the essential oil in some cases has been reported to work as well as narcotics for inducing relaxation and sleep, easing symptoms of depression, and reducing headache pain. For inhalation purposes, boil 2 cups of water, add 2 drops of essential oil, and inhale the steam.
Lavender is a good addition to wedding cakes because of its delicate flavor and its association with love and fertility.
To make lavender flavored sugar, layer dried lavender buds and sugar in a jar and let it sit in a dark place for about a month. Sift out the lavender buds and enjoy your sugar in delicately flavored cakes, custards and tea.
Lavender is excellent in teas for relaxation, digestion and love.
Externally, Lavender oil is one of the safest essential oils and can be used full-strength on the skin. It works wonderfully and can be applied directly for cuts, scrapes, wounds, burns, bee, wasp, and insect stings, rashes, muscle aches, rheumatism, arthritis, cold sores, canker sores, blisters, bruises, athlete's foot, and rubbed directly into the temples in case of headache or migraine.
Combine 3-5 drops with sweet almond oil and a few drops of Vitamin E oil, and use as a luxurious skin oil after shower or bath.
Lavender deters fleas and moths. Place sachets of lavender buds or lavender wands in cupboards and closets or stuff them into pet bedding to help deter pests from these areas. Also put sachets of lavender in your dryer to scent your laundry. These can be reused several times.
It is possible to also put a few drops of lavender essential oil on pillows and sheets for a relaxing, warming sleep.
We sell high quality Lavender essential oil from Nascent Naturals, in 15ml and 100ml sizes.