Lavender (lavandula) - a friend of the nerves and the skin

Although it is called "irresistible mistress of Mediterranean" and is considered a trademark of France, lavender has long been cultivated on plantations and gardens throughout Europe, and, as growing wild in dry, warm and rocky slopes. This long-lasting, branched shrub, is recognized by a bluish-purple flowers, very aromatic and pleasant scent and bitter taste. For centuries, dried flowers of this plant are put in the laundry to get a pleasant smell, while fresh or, more often, dry bouquets are used to dispel the mosquitoes, moths, bedbugs and other insects.

Lavender, Lavandula
Lavandula Angustifolia
Dried lavender flowers have a strong flavor and are commonly used for the preparation of teas, herbal drops, essential oils, baths and inhalers. Rich in essential oil and tannin, also contain phenolic acids and flavonoids. The most precious ingredient is essential oil whose quantity and composition vary from plant varieties, weather conditions during the season, soil, altitude and distillation methods. Therefore the value of some of its components vary in a very wide limits.

When comes about the healing, aromatherapists claim that it is the oil of exceptional quality. It is considered harmless, with no adverse effects, can be used in all age groups and is very effective against many diseases and ailments. No wonder, therefore, that lavender oil is called "the mother of essential oils." Colorless or yellowish, it's priced for the content of linalyl acetate, and most pharmacists prescribe that quality lavender essential oil should not be less than 35 nor more than 62 percent of the acetate. It is kept in a cool, dark place in tightly closed dark glass jars.

Lavender - a powerful antiseptic
Lavender - A Powerful Antiseptic
And when comes about healing properties, lavender has a beneficial effect of gastric and uterus, reduces bloating, increases the secretion of urine, and regulating the menstrual cycle. It is recommended for tranquilizers, palpitations, intestinal cramps and migraine. Furthermore, it proved to be a real friend of the skin, as it gives good results in the fight against acne, oily skin, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema and athlete's foot. Lavender is also used for allergies, asthma, bronchitis, sore throat, mouth infections, cough, sinusitis, conjunctivitis, migraines, headaches, burns, cuts, anxiety, depression, stress, hypertension and pain in the ears. Lavender, like other herbs also gives better results if mixed with chamomile, rosemary or sage, because these plants enhance its effect.

Recipe against hair loss

  • 15 g of dried lavender flowers
  • 25 g of chamomile
  • 0.5 dcl of lemon juice
  • 3 dcl of water
Dried lavender and chamomile flowers cover with water, heat up until boiling, strain, cool and add lemon juice. Use this liquid every time at the end of washing your hair. Soon you will notice an improvement: the hair stops falling, gets shine and becomes fluffy.

Recipe for mood improvement

  • 4-6 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1 dcl of milk
Before going to bed, add a mixture of milk and lavender in a bath filled with warm water. Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and stay in the tub about twenty minutes. Prepare this bath four times a week.

Relaxing tea

  • 2.5 teaspoons of dried lavender flowers
  • 1/2 liter of water
  • 2 teaspoons of flowery honey
Pour the boiling water over the flowers, cover it, and after two or three minutes strain the liquid. When cooled add the honey, stir, divide into two doses, and drink every morning and evening.

Recipe to beat insomnia

  • 50 g of dried lavender flowers
  • 50 g of hypericum
  • 50 g of evening primrose roots
  • 50 g of valerian
In one liter of water, add two tablespoons of herb mixture, cover and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Remove from stove, strain and drink during the day, three or four cups of very hot tea, slowly sip by sip.
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