My Love Affair With Lavender

Do you love to look at the gorgeous beauty of lavender? How about the aromatic fragrance of lavender? It is used in more products than you probably suspect. Lavender {an herb} has been used since ancient times in perfumes and as a way to “life the spirits”.

The dried blossoms can be sewn into sachets and used to repel moths or to add fragrance to clothing. Lavender essential oil was a component of smelling salts in Victorian times.

Encycopedia.com states:

The essential oil of certain lavender species has a sedative, antispasmodic, and tranquilizing effect. Lavender has been long valued as a headache remedy. It can be taken in a mild infusion, or can be rubbed on the temples, or sniffed like smelling salts to provide relief from headaches caused by stress . Lavender oil is antiseptic, and has been used as a topical disinfectant for wounds . In high doses, it can kill many common bacteria such as typhoid, diphtheria, streptococcus, and pneumococcus, according to some research. The essential oil has also been used as a folk treatment for the bite of some venomous snakes. When used in hydrotherapy as part of an aromatic, Epsom salt bath, the essential oils of some species will soothe tired nerves and relieve the pain of neuralgia . They are also used topically on burns and have been shown to speed healing. It is also a fine addition to a foot bath for sore feet. Lavender essence makes a pleasant massage oil for kneading sore muscles and joints.

Do you use lavender? If so, for what purpose?

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Comments

  1. Lisa Brown says

    I love lavender. I have a face wash that smells of lavender and when I use it, I feel instantly relaxed. I like putting it around the house, it is so pretty to look at.

  2. olivia rubin says

    i just wrote up a post, pushed enter and my ipad shut off…hoping u got it. i will check tomorrow to,see if itmposted

  3. olivia rubin says

    i have 4 plug-ins being used right now that are lavendar and vanilla, and a reed diffuser with lavendar juniper next to my bed. I like that it is a scent that is calming, and sweet/inviting. My sister loves lavendar. She wore a lavendar head piece for wedding and had calalily and lavendar on the tables.

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