Lavender 

(Lavandula officinalis)

Description

This is a very popular herb with Aromatherapists as it possesses a pretty fragrance. As well as having a nice scent, the herb also possesses wonderful medicinal properties and can also be used near clothes to keep the moths away.

Herbalists prescribe lavender tea and the essential oil of lavender, both made from the plant's blue-violet flowers, to treat common minor ailments such as insomnia, headaches, nausea, and flatulence.

Lavender has a calming and soothing effect that relieves anxiety and promotes relaxation. Its fragrance is thought to stimulate mental processes and help alleviate depression. Lavender oil is an antiseptic as well and consequently it is used for skin problems such as fungus, burns, wounds, eczema, and acne.

How It May Benefit You...

Take internally for:

  • insomnia
  • depression
  • headache, especially when caused by stress.
  • poor digestion
  • nausea
  • flatulence
  • colic.

Apply externally for:

  • burns
  • wounds
  • eczema
  • acne
  • fungal infections such as candidiasis or ringworm.
  • rheumatism.

Caution

Do not use oil of lavender internally.

WARNING:    Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.

Availability

Available in dried bulk, capsules, oils, and tinctures.

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