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LAVENDER HERBAL INFORMATION
Lavender use dates back to the times of the ancient Greeks, though the Romans were responsible for the widespread use of Lavender throughout Europe. They took it with them everywhere to use in their bath water and soap. It was widely used in potpourri and sachets for its aroma.
As a sedative and disinfectant, the medicinal uses of Lavender are well known, and with modern trends toward herbal remedies, it is its popularity.
Lavendula angustifolia, or French Lavender, is a shrub like flowering perennial that originally grew in the mountains near the Mediterranean Sea. Lavender has long been used for both medicinal and decorative purposes. Lavender is mainly used in two forms, either dried flowers or an oil extracted from the flowers and flower stalks.
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LAVENDER HERBAL USES
Written records of the use of Lavender for medicinal purposes date back to the time of Dioscorides. Medicinally, Lavender is often used as an antispasmodic, a diuretic, a sedative, and a stomach tonic. This herb has been widely used to relieve headaches and is considered effective against migraines, fainting, and dizziness. It is used to reduce hysteria and stress, eliminate insomnia, soothe muscle aches, bug bites, rashes, colds, chest infections, and rheumatism, and even reduce flatulence. The sedative effects of Lavender have been well documented in medical studies and found to be effective in reducing caffeine induced hyperactivity.
For medicinal use, a few drops can be applied to a sugar cube and then eaten, or a tea made from the dried flowers.
As a beauty treatment and soothing bath, add either flowers or essential oil to warm water as the tub fills. A mixture of equal parts Lavender Flowers, Rose Petals, Sage, and Rosemary makes a soothing and rejuvenating bath mixture.
Lavender flowers are an excellent base for a potpourri mixture, and can be spread along a mantle to bring a fresh, soothing scent to the entire house. A handful placed in a bowl of hot water will leave the house smelling fresh for many hours.
LAVENDER TEA & OTHER USEFUL RECIPES
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula officinalis) is a shrub known for its pleasant aroma and bright purple flowers. It is native to the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean, but is now cultivated throughout the world, particularly in the United States, Australia and southern Europe. Used in potpourri, cloth sachets, soaps and shampoos, it is also prepared as a tea, which has traditionally been used for medicinal purposes. Lavender tea has other traditional uses, although many of them are not backed by scientific research. Traditional ailments lavender tea may treat include migraines, colic, loss of appetite, toothache, acne, nausea, vomiting, cancer and even use as a mosquito repellent.
LAVENDER PROMOTES RELAXATION
Inducing relaxation is a traditional use of Lavender tea, primarily because of the soothing aroma. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that scientific studies suggest that inhaling the scent of lavender may slow nervous system activity, promoting relaxation. This can help with anxiety, insomnia, stress and depression. One small study published in the September 2011 edition of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that patients who were treated by inhaling Lavender Essential Oil experienced significant reduction in stress levels and reduced levels of pain when hypodermic needles were inserted. Preparing Lavender tea helps release the oils responsible for the beneficial aroma.
LAVENDER & DIGESTIVE UPSET RELIEF
Another common traditional use for Lavender tea is for digestive issue relief, including nervous stomach and indigestion. Modern studies suggest that this may be a valid use. One study published in the November 1997 edition of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that the smooth muscle in the intestines responsible for moving food through the digestive system of rats would relax when Lavender Essential Oil was applied, indicating that humans may be affected the same way. Another study published in the November 2004 Life Sciences journal reported that lavender oils protected against the formation of gastric ulcers in rats and relieved indigestion.
LAVENDER & MUSCLE SPASM-CONVULTION RELIEF
A convulsion occurs when a muscle contracts and relaxes rapidly involuntarily, causing the body to shake. A spasm is similar, but it usually results in a muscle staying contracted. Lavender oil has been found to be a benefit in reducing both spasms and convulsions. A study published in the July 2000 Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that rats given a small dose of lavender experienced reduced convulsions and spasms, which was thought to be a result of the lavender blocking the calcium channel, a key part of the muscle contraction process.
LAVENDER TEA RECIPE INDEX
LAVENDER TEA RECIPE
Lavender's scent is probably familiar to you from bath and aromatherapy products, which gives some indication of the taste. Lavender has a floral flavor with undertones of rosemary, mint and citrus. If you use too much in tea or another recipe, you end up with something unpleasantly akin to perfume, so use lavender conservatively, especially when you are new to it. Try a tea blend with some complementary herbs or aromatics to temper the taste.
Pour 1 cup of water for each cup of tea you want to make into a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil over high heat, then move the pot to a cool burner.
Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried Lavender Flower Buds into the hot water, depending on how potent a lavender flavor you want.
Add other flavorings at this point, if you wish, such as Rosemary, Peppermint or Spearmint, Chamomile, Cloves, Green/White Tea Leaves, Dried Rose Petals, Vanilla Essence, Orange Zest (Peel) or Lemon Zest (Peel). If you use additional herbs, reduce about one-half less lavender.
Steep the Lavender tea blend for 3 to 5 minutes. The longer it steeps, the stronger the tea will be. Put a mesh strainer over a tea cup and pour the tea through the strainer. Sweeten the tea to taste with Sugar or Honey.
LAVENDER TEA TIPS:
Dried lavender has a concentrated flavor. If you use fresh lavender flowers to make a tea, you will need about three times as much to develop a full-flavored infusion. Make a lavender tea blend in larger quantities for convenience and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If all components are dried, it should retain its potency for a week. If you use fresh herbs or aromatics, discard the blend after three days. Only use lavender and other floral ingredients that are labeled for culinary use.
SOOTHING LAVENDER TEA RECIPE
3 parts Chamomile
2 parts Hibiscus
2 parts Lavender
1 part Calendula
Mix all dry flowers together, store in an airtight container in a dark place. To make tea, place 1 teaspoon of mixture in a tea ball, and let steep in hot water 5 to 10 minutes. Add honey for an excellent cold remedy.
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LAVENDER SCENTED STATIONARY RECIPE
This simple project makes a wonderful gift! You will need:
A set of stationary
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Flowers (optional)
Plastic wrap or a plastic bag
Remove all paper from box. On each sheet and envelope, put two small drops of lavender oil (on envelopes, put it on the flap). Put all back in box, and place in plastic bag. Seal and let stand overnight. Remove the stationery - if the scent is not strong enough, repeat the process.
Store the finished paper in a sealed bag or wrapped in plastic. If using as a gift, place a few lavender flowers in the box with the finished paper.
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LAVENDER JELLY JAR ROOM SCENTS RECIPE
8 ounces clear, Unscented Glycerin Soap
1 teaspoon Lavender Essential Oil
10 drops Blue & Red Food Coloring (optional)
3 (4-ounce) jelly jars
Melt soap in top of a double boiler, do not let boil. Immediately stir in essential oil and color, and pour into jars. Let set for several hours, then cover jars.
To scent a room, simply remove the cover from one jar. The jars can be decorated with lace, ribbon, fabric, or glitter.
To refresh the scent of an older jelly jar, put the jar in a pan of hot water until the soap is soft, then pour back into double boiler, melt completely, and add more essential oil.
Alternatively, this mixture can be poured into small candy molds and turned into scented soaps. In this case, do NOT use food coloring.
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The medicinal properties of Lavender involve the use of Lavender oil or dried Lavender flowers. Lavender in lotions and oils soothes burns and relieves bee stings. As an oil, it aids in relieving the pain of muscle tension and is a natural relaxant. Read product label directions for use.
LAVENDER SAFETY & INTERACTION
Lavender tea is relatively safe, but it can cause issues if you are taking medications that depress the central nervous system. Medications that might cause problems when taken with lavender tea include barbiturates, chloral hydrate and CNS depressants, often referred to as sedatives.
If you have any type of allergic reaction, such as a rash or throat closure, discontinue use of lavender tea.
Lavender oil should not be taken internally and should not be used during pregnancy. Safety in young children, nursing women, or those with severe kidney or liver disease is not known.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: There are no known contraindications to the use of lavender.
DISCLAIMER: This information is in no way intended to be a substitute for modern medical care. Do not self-treat any medical complaint without the guidance of a qualified health care provider. If you are pregnant, nursing or taking any medications consult a qualified health care practitioner or midwife before using any herbal or nutritional products.
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