Lavender (lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender is known for its calming affects and is often referred to as the nerve herb. the name lavender is derived from the Latin word Lavare, meaning ‘to wash’. in Roman times lavenders distinctive aroma made it a popular herb to bath in. Today it is commonly used in perfumery and aromatherapy, and to make lavender sachets.
Lavender belongs to the lamiaceae family. It is an evergreen shrub that grows to around 80cm tall. The plant has a strong aromatic scent and bitter taste.
Lavender is native to the Mediterranean although is now mainly cultivated in France, Spain, England and Tasmania.
The essential oil in Lavender gives a calming and relaxing effect. the main constituents found in lavender oil are;
1) linalyl acetate
4) tannic acid
Lavender is considered one of the safest and versatile herbs used to treat children. Lavender can be used to treat anxiety, insomnia, stress and headaches. It helps alleviate nausea, digestion and flatulence associated with nervous disorders.
When used in a bath, lavender is mildly sedative and helps to balance emotions. When used with a massage, it helps to stimulate circulation, ease muscle pains and also helps to treat gout and rheumatism. A small sachet of lavender placed under your pillow at night can also help alleviate sleep disorders.
Lavender is most commonly used as a lavender tea, flower extract, oil and bath wash.
Note **never apply undiluted essential oils to an infants skin.
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