Lavender Herbal Remedies to Wash Away the
Ills of the Day
Lavender has always been one of the most popular herbs
used in herbal remedies. Lavender's name is derived from the
Latin word lavarre, which means to wash. The most common
types of healing lavenders are L. angustifolia and L. spica.
French lavender, L. stoechas, is one of the most commonly used
varieties of lavender.
The flowers of the lavender plant are used to create a wide
variety of herbal remedies. The character of the lavender
flowers is described by traditional herbalists as bitter,
cooling and mostly dry. These flowers contain tannins, volatile
oils, coumarins, triterpernoids, and flavonoids. Like all
essential oils, the Lavender oil must be diluted in a base
cream or oil depending on how you will use it. Dried Lavender
petals are most comforting in potpourris and sachets for the
closet, clothes drawers or under your pillow.
Lavender is well regarded for its ability to promote bile
flow, and is well known as a relaxant, antispasmodic,
circulatory stimulant, and an antiseptic, a tonic for the
nervous system, an analgesic, and a carminative. In ancient
Arab medicine, lavender was widely used as an expectorant. In
the folk medicine of Europe, lavender was used as a wound
Current Lavender Herbal Remedies
Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular of all
aromatic essential oils and can be used to treat a large
variety of ailments.
Many herbalists recommend that lavender essential oil be an
integral part of any household first aid kit as the oils can be
used to create a variety of herbal remedies.
The essential oil of lavender can be used to make a healing
cream. Simply add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a
chamomile-based cream to treat skin problems such as
You can also add a few drops of lavender essential oil with
a few drops of water to treat scalds, burns, or sunburn.
Lavender essential oil can also be used to create a potent
chest rub. Simply add 1 ml of oil to 5 drops of chamomile oil
and rub into chest to treat bronchitis spasms or symptoms of
To treat lice problems, Lavender can also be used as a hair
rinse. Simply dilute 5-10 drops of essential lavender oil in
water for lice problems. The hair rinses can also be used on a
fine comb to treat the hair for nits.
Lavender essential oil can also be used to make a wonderful
massage oil. Combine 1 ml of lavender essential oil into 25 ml
carrier oil for you multiple use massage oil. Use this massage
oil for treating painful muscles. You can rub this oil into the
temples and the nape of the neck to treat tension headaches and
Lavender essential oil can also help protect against insect
bites and stings. I do believe the original use for dried
lavender was as a bug repellant in homes. Not only did it give
the home a more pleasant smell but it deterred the fleas and
lice from taking up residence as well.
Simply smelling lavender can prove healing. Lavender is one
of the most important herbs of aromatherapy. It is highly
regarded for helping to ease feelings of stress, anxiety, and
it can help relieve the symptoms of insomnia.
If your climate will allow it, try planting Lavender in your
garden. It spreads quickly so you might want to grow it in a
container. I have not had much luck growing it in the house,
but I do not have a green thumb.
There are some cautions that accompany the use of lavender.
It is strongly recommended that women who are pregnant avoid
high doses of lavender. High doses of lavender in any form have
been shown to be a strong uterine stimulant.
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