Ahhhh, lavender. You can already smell it in your mind, can't you? This easy to grow herb has many uses, and not just to drive out mosquitoes in the summertime.
Lavender is by far one of my favorite herbs. Not only is it beautiful, but it has hundreds of uses. It is a fragrant aromatic, a relaxing herb, and it can be used in baking, lotion making, gourmet cooking, tea making, tinctures and much more.
According to Mountain Rose Herbs:
“It has been thought for centuries to enflame passions as an aphrodisiac, and is still one of the most recognized scents in the world. The German Commission E commended lavender for treating insomnia, nervous stomach, and anxiety. The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia lists it as a treatment for flatulence, colic, and depressive headaches, and many modern herbal practitioners use the herb to treat migraines in menopause. In Spain, it is added to teas to treat diabetes and insulin resistance.”
Lavender is known for it’s scent but also for its antibacterial, antimicrobial, expectorant, stress-relieving, antiseptic and analgesic properties.
Lavender has a long history of use in natural remedies and as a natural scent and perfume. It’s calming scent makes it soothing to the respiratory system and it is often suggested to be diffused to calm coughs and colds. It’s natural antibacterial properties may also make it useful in protecting against airborne viruses and bacteria when diffused.
A scientific study recently confirmed that merely perfuming the air with lavender enabled participants to sleep just as long as when they took dangerous sleeping pills. And even more soundly!
No wonder people have used it to scent their pillow for centuries. It also helps with depression and anxiety.
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Sources: Wellness Mama
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