Lavender, we have all seen in someone's garden and the flowers have a beautiful sent. Lavender oil is extracted from its leaves. The oil can be used to treat depression, relax muscles and ease tension. It also has great antiseptic properties so it can heal sunburn or treat acne and it is also great for your skin and hair. Lavender oil is an oil that can be used directly without dilution.
So lets talk further about lavender and it's benefits.
The list goes on and on! So what are the active ingredients of lavender?
Well lavender oil contains up to 50% of linalol, an alcohol that helps to kill germs i.e. Bacteria and viruses and also helps in healing sores and burns. Compounds called esters are also present which also help in the same thing plus they help regulate your moods. Lavender oil contains ketones that help in relieving pain reduce inflammation, build new skin, and cause sleep!
Lavender Recipes for you to try.
Excellent for aching muscles, relaxation, stress relief. Add 6-8 drops Lavender essential oil after running the water and vigorously agitate water. Add the drops to a capful of milk or Epsom salts and then put in the bath as this helps to disperse the oils through out the water. This is a great way to receive the benefits of Lavender oil.
Fill the top dish of an 'oil burner' or 'vaporizer' with water and add 6-8 drops of Lavender oil.
Lavender for Burns
After running cold water on the burn for approx 10 minutes, put a few drops of neat lavender oil onto the burnt area (including sunburn). This will greatly assist the healing process. Remember serious burns must be seen to by a doctor.
And if you are game you can cook with lavender.
* Lavender Tea
Use 4 teaspoons of fresh Lavender or 1 Tbsp. dried. Place in a mug & pour 1/4 cup of boiling water over the Lavender. Use a saucer as a lid & steep 5 minutes. Stain & measure tea as a flavour booster, drink remainder as you wait for cookies!
Can substitute 1 Tbsp. Lemon juice or 1 tsp. vanilla extract.
The dough can be frozen. (This way you can make the dough rolls in fresh season & bake for Christmas!) Please ~ thaw before slicing so dough does not crack.
So as we can see Lavender is one versatile plant.
(sources:.organicfacts.net, nutrasanus.com, enhancing your mind body spirit magazine, netherfield.co.nz, happyvalleylavender.com)