Lavandula angustifolia is more commonly known as lavender. Lavender is native to the mountainous zones of the Mediterranean. It is typically found growing wild where there is plenty of sun and rocky terrain. The plant itself is a heavy branched shrub It has long gray green leafs. The medicinal uses all have to do with the delicate blooms. Now lavender is also grown on farms for many uses all over the world.
Lavender is known to be have a large number of medicinal properties. Most often it is used by herbalist, but even mainstream medicine notes some of its’ properties. For example, Mayo Clinic reports that lavender has been used successfully for easing the pain of an episiotomy. The medicinal uses that are noted by Mayo Clinic include benefits as an aromatherapy treatment and a relaxation technique for sleeping issues.
One of the best ways to use lavender is in a tincture. A tincture is a mixture of the herb and oil of the herb mixed with an alcohol based substance. Some people use a diluted rubbing alcohol as a base. Others use glycerin or vinegar. Others simply use a bit of vodka if they are making their own tinctures. Tinctures can also be purchased at many herbal stores.
A lavender tincture makes an excellent face care product. It can be mixed with a creamy soap. If can be used as an astringent after washing. It has also been used as a toner and as an ingredient in a number of lotions.
The more science learns about stress and how if affects the body, the emphasis is expressed at the need to control stress for medical, mental and emotional health. If money is the root of all evil, stress comes in second.
Some of the ways that lavender is used to reduce stress is in the form of massage oil. Sachets filled with lavender and placed under the pillow can help with a better nights sleep. A lavender tea is a great way to calm the nerves.
Reasons that herbalists would have would suggest that lavender be taken internally. It may be for exhaustion, irritability, stress, migraines, colds, gall bladder problems, upset stomach, flatulence, nervousness, insomnia, and loss of appetite.
The easiest and safest way to take lavender internally is to make a tea. Essence oils can be taken internally, but unless you own a still and have done the procedure yourself there is no way of knowing how pure or safe the product may be.
There are many legitimate uses for this great herb. it is easy to grow. Always include this in the list of medications or treatments so your physician is well informed.