Lavender is one of the best known herbs of all herbs.
Lavender can be made into a relaxing tea, either by itself or with other herbs which have complimentary properties. Used regularly it can help relieve depression and calm anxiety, and also helps when someone is in a state of nervous exhaustion.
Lavender can be used as an oil, rubbed directly into the skin, added to a bath or inhaled. It is a wonderfully calming and relaxing herb, with strong first-aid effects; dabbed on the temples, it can relieve a headache, and it will relieve earache in seconds if dropped into the affected ear. It is not often taken internally these days.
Lavender is often used in a small netted bag to store under the pillow at night to aid in sleep, or similarly in clothes drawers to maintain a pleasant fragrance.
The scent of Lavender bring back childhood memories vividly to the mind: high summer days that last for ever, lavender bushes shimmering against the blue sky, the bees blundering in and out among the flowers, stirring up the intense, sweet sensation.
Lavender is particularly rich in aromatic molecules called esters, which are antispasmodic, pacifying and tonic, while other molecules give it its antiviral, anit-bacterial and anti-inflammatory powers. Of the many therapeutic attributes of Lavender oil, respiratory relief would be one of the most consistently reported benefits.
Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia
Actions: antispasmodic, calming, tonic, antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory