We all know and love lavender for its pleasant aroma and relaxing qualities. But many people are unaware of how healing this amazing and beautiful herb can be. Lavender carries a vast array of medicinal properties. Comprised of over 100 constituants lavender holds many important healing properties. It is antibacterial, antifungal, anticancer, antianxiety, antioxidant… to name just a few… basically it is an essential herb to keep in your home collection. Aside from the fact that its so pretty and smells good. It is easy to grow and having lavender in your garden or window pots indoors makes it easy to access and ads beauty and a lovely smell in or around your home.
Topical: Lavender is a powerful remedy when used topically. It is antiseptic and can help cleanse and heal wounds, scrapes, cuts, insect bites, sunburns & skin infections. It also is a great herb to use for anti aging treatments and dry skin.
Lavender can be used in the form of an essential oil ( which should ALWAYS be diluted in a carrier oil) or a wash. Adding a few drops of Lavender EO to skin creams, coconut or jojoba oil or skin salves is an easy way to add its potent healing properties to something you already have. You can also make a tea with lavender to use as a wash or compress. Let it cool and use it to wash wounds, insect bites or cuts, or soak a towel with it and ring it out for a compress for headaches or sunburns.
Internal: The calming effect we get from lavender isn’t exclusive to aromatherapy. Lavender is a mild nervine and is known for its anti-anxiety, anti-depression, stress relief and sedative effects. It also helps with candida, stimulates the immune system and aids in digestive problems such as nausea, upset stomach and gas.
Adding lavender to tea blends or using it as a tincture is the easiest way to ad lavender to you diet. Blending lavender with chamomile makes a lovely sweet tea perfect for before bed, to create a calming effect or help with digestive issues as chamomile has a lot of similar healing properties in regards to stress relief and digestive issues.
Lavender is also awesome to cook with. There are tons of recipes that incorporate lavender. It brings a lovely and unique flavor to many recipes and foods. I will be posting some recipes with lavender soon, so I will come back and link them here.
Aromatherapy: This is an obvious one. Lavender is super relaxing. In aromatherapy form lavender can help with most of the above listed issues. Use the essential oil in candles, dab (diluted in carrier oil) on wrists or ad to a bath (again DILUTE in oil… Its not fun getting in a bath with undiluted EO… trust me I’ve done it). You can make or buy an eye pillow with the dried herb as well. I love adding it to sage bundles and incorporating it into my smudge rituals as well.