Lavender is a versatile plant, it is a fragrant plant with a pretty flower in scent and colour but not many know it is also actually a herb. Therefore it is edible.
Here are some interesting facts about this herb:
- “The polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) in lavender can help reduce the ‘bad’ bacteria in your gut,” says Christine Gerbstadt, MD, author of Doctor’s Detox Diet and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For its de-puff perks, sprinkle dried culinary lavender onto Greek yoghurt (also gut friendly).
It is widely heard that lavender can help promote restfulness and assist in sending us off to sleep. Did you know that research actually shows that this herb can assist in lowering your heart rate and blood pressure, putting you in a relaxed state. In some hospitals in America they have been conducting clinical trials that uses the oil of Lavender & Chamomile to help sooth babies born to addiction.
- “It’s a natural anti-inflammatory, so it helps reduce itching, swelling, and redness,” explains Naila Malik, MD, a Texas-based dermatologist.
You can also use the dried herb to assist with dandruff, as a tincture, inside a pillow or mask, in the dryer, to infuse vinegar or olive oil, as an air freshener, as a tea & in cooking.
What about the Essential oil?
The Modern Essentials App indicates that the Lavender Essential Oil has the following properties:
dōTERRA’s Lavender Essential oil is a sweet, soft smelling oil that does not have the sharpness and punchlines of the cheap synthetic versions on the market. People who have a sensitivity to the synthetic version may find that their brain will associate the smell of Lavender with the reaction they received and our brains being the powerful instrument it is may also produce a similar response to the naturally derived scent contained within the Essential Oil – memory association. I have been advised that by using Frankincense Essential oil mixed with the Lavender Essential Oil can assist this issue over time. Although, true sensitivity does exist and thus will not resolve, it is important to know the difference – was your initial response generated from the Lavender flower or a synthetic Lavender scent? If initially it was the synthetic scent and developed to include the flower, then this method may help however it if was the flower, you have a genuine sensitivity. My mother has always had a reaction to Lavender, getting headaches and feeling unwell as a result of the smell. However, she has recently told me that she is using the dōTERRA Lavender Essential Oil and has had no reaction at all like she got from the synthetic scent.
Essential Oil users report that they experience a general sense of well being when using Lavender Essential Oil including health, love peace and creativity. The Modern Essentials App has a long list of conditions it may provide assistance for. Here is an an excerpt: “Lavender is a universal oil that has traditionally been known to balance the body and to work wherever there is a need. If in doubt, use lavender. It may help anxiety, arthritis, asthma, body systems balance, bronchitis, bruises, carbuncles, cold sores, earaches, fainting, gallstones, relieve headaches, heart irregularity, reduce high blood pressure, hives (urticaria), hysteria, insect bites and bee stings, infection, influenza, injuries, repel insects, laryngitis, migraine headaches, mental clarity, mouth abscess, reduce mucus, nervous tension, pineal gland (activates), respiratory function, rheumatism, skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, rashes), sprains, sunstroke, throat infections, tuberculosis, typhoid fever and whooping cough.”
To me, lavender is not only pretty, has a great fragrance and is a wonderful herb but it is a holistic piece of flora that encourages finding Natural Solutions for Everyday.
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I hope this encourages you to try using lavender more often in your lives or even giving the essential oil a go.
Have a wonderful day!
Amendment: 22 January 2019
I have been advised that lavender essential oil (and tea tree essential oil) have an estrogen like quality and can cause gynecomastia in teenage boys therefore I would recommend caution and monitoring if they use it stopping if the condition occurs.