The Essential Herbal...Lavender

One of the most popular, and my favorite on the essential herbal list is Lavender.


(Lavendula offincinalis)

Lavender is native to France and the Western Mediterranean. Lavender is now cultivated worldwide for the essential oil. There has been many years of research into Lavender essential oil. It has significant antiseptic, and antibacterial properties. It is one of a few essential oils you use "neat" or straight onto the skin.
Lavender is best known for the calming and soothing properties. It can help alleviate depression. Lavender essential oil is a valuable first aid remedy. It helps to heal wounds, burns, and sores. Rub it onto an insect sting, and it will relieve the pain and inflammation. Massaged into the temples it can ease a headache.
For nervousness, you can drink a cup of lavender flower tea. Infuse the flowers in a cup of hot water, and drink 3-4 cups daily.
For back pain, add 20 drops of essential oil into 4 ounces of a carrier oil and massage into sore area.
Lavender makes a wonderful household cleaner. Combine 25 drops into water or hydrogen peroxide for a natural antibacterial cleaner.
To help you relax, burn a few drops in a diffuser, or put into bath water.
Lavender is a wonderful herbal healer.

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