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All About Lavender

  • Its broad rootstock bears woody branches with upright, rod like, leafy, green shoots. A silvery down covers the gray green narrow leaves, which are oblong and tapered, attached directly at the base, and curled spirally. The oil in lavender's small, blue violet flowers gives the herb its fragrant scent.

 

  • Lavender flowers represent purity, silence, devotion, serenity, grace, and calmness. Purple is the color of royalty and speaks of elegance, refinement, and luxury, too. The color is also associated with the crown chakra, which is the energy center associated with higher purpose and spiritual connectivity.

 

  • Lavender has a very distinct smell. Once you've smelled lavender, you will recognize it instantly. Overall, it has a floral scent, but one that is light and fresh, without being too pungent or overwhelming. It can also have a sweetness to it with herbal, balsamic undertones and notes.

 

  • There are over 45 different species with over 450 varieties. Lavender belongs to the genus Lavendula.

 

  • The most widely grown lavender species in North America, English Lavender, also most commonly used for cooking and baking. The plants oils are often used for perfumes and sprays. Where the flower can be used for sachets and decorations.

  • Lavender has been used for over 2,500 years. The Greeks first planted it to scent their baths. The Egyptians used lavender oil in embalming, and the Greeks used it to ease headaches, gastritis, and sore throats. The ancient Romans used lavender for its antiseptic and healing qualities, plus deterring inse

  • The leaves are edible and fragrant too, and there are lots of great uses for them in cooking and crafting. You can enjoy lavender's fresh flavor and fragrance in various recipes, including teas, cakes, lemonade, and cookies.

Benefits of Lavender

Lavender essential oil has many potential benefits, including:

  • Anti-inflammatory - Lavender contains linalool and linalyl acetate, which are anti-inflammatory compounds. Lavender oil is thought to have antiseptic properties and can help heal minor burns and bug bites.

  • Anxiolytic  - Research suggests that lavender oil can help treat anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness.

  • Skin conditions - Lavender oil can help improve skin conditions like acne, burns, eczema, and dry skin. You can apply it to your skin with a carrier oil to form a lotion, or directly with your hands for wrinkles and dry skin.

  • Pain relief - Lavender oil can help soothe many types of pain, both mental and physical. You can use it in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain, or massage it into your scalp.

  • Hair health - You can massage a couple of drops of lavender oil into your scalp as a calming end to the day, or add two or three drops to each dollop of shampoo or conditioner you use.

  • Decongestant - When diffused, lavender essential oil can relieve headaches and nausea, and it can promote easier breathing by working as a decongestant.

  • Deodorizer  - Lavender essential oil can deodorize stale air, fabrics, and body odors. 

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