Lavender and its many products have been produced for hundreds of years. It is widely regarded as one of the most versatile and effective essential oils. Depending on the application it is antiseptic, stimulating and even calming.
The benefits of Lavender are endless, from helping with sleep by placing a few drops on your pillow at night, to help ease aching joints and muscles. Try soaking in a warm bath with Lavender oil to relax your body and mind.
Lavender is deducted from the roman word "lavare - to wash“. The antiseptic virtues of lavender are well known. There are many hints to the fact that these effects of lavender oil were known in earlier times. Today there are more and inflammations which cannot be cured by modern pharmaceuticals.
There have been astonishing results when these inflammations were treated with lavender oil (Dr. B. Belaiche, Paris)
Following illnesses are said to be treated effectively with lavender
Loss of appetite
2-5 drops of Essential oil of Lavande fine on a piece of sugar
Diseases of upper
Important to know:
Before the intake of lavender essential oil it is really important to be sure of the purity of the essence. Sometimes lavandin is blended with lavender essential oil. Lavandin essential oil is much cheaper than lavender oil. It has different effects and is seldom used for medical purposes.
LAVENDER IN MEDICINE
Many of the purported medicinal uses for lavender have, upon modern scientific testing, proven to be legitimate. Lavender oil does have antibiotic activity effectively killing many common bacteria. Lavender oil was used extensively during world Wars I and II on the battle field and whenever medical supplies became scarce to prevent infection and as a pain reliever.
The sedative effects of lavender are well documented in medical tests
demonstrating its effectiveness in reducing caffeine induced hyperactivity,
and increasing length of sleep by ingestion or inhalation.
The inclusion of lavender in lotions and oils placed on burns and bee stings
aids in relieving the pain and its use in massage oils helps in relaxing
The other maladies that Lavender is reportedly helpful in controlling include such things as the control of dandruff and hair loss when included in shampoos. Many of these claims have yet to be tested scientifically but it is evident that many of the old uses for lavender were more than simply old wives tales.
LAVENDER AS FOOD
Lavender was often used during Tudor and Elizabethan times in the preparation of a wide variety of dishes and was a particular favorite of Queen Elizabeth I. The palace gardeners were required to have lavender flowers available at all times which were sued to make Conserve of Lavender (a mixture of lavender flowers and sugar) and sweet lavender tisane, a drink made with lavender flowers, boiling water and honey.
Today the flowers can often be found in salads where they bring a dash of color, fragrance and a bitter-sweet flavor. The blossoms and leaves can be used instead of rosemary in many recipes and crystallized flowers make beautiful and tasty cake decorations.
Lavender used in the kitchen is primarily fresh blossoms or "culinary lavender". To get fresh blossoms you must of course grow your own of know someone that does. In many recipes dried blossoms can be substituted. Culinary lavender is lavender buds harvested just before flowering, it is when the oil concentration in the bud is the highest.
LAVENDER IN COSMETICS
Today most lavender oil is extracted by steam distillation. There are three primary types of lavender oil produced today. Oil of spike distilled from L. latifolia and produced primarily in Spain, "true" oil of lavender distilled from L. angustifolia primarily in England and Australia, and oil derived from the Lavandin hybrids produced primarily in France and the United States. The latter is by far the most abundant.
Many of today's perfumes are synthetic in origin but the synthetic components tend to lack the subtlety of the essential oils and thus are often blended with oil of lavender or other essential oils to add complexity and 'soften" the edges of the synthetic aromas.
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