Pretty Lavender

Lavender is one of the prettiest herbs, in my opinion. And this is not only my opinion, you can bet on that. In fact, it is such a beautiful plant, that it merited a color of its very own. A light purple shade which goes with so many things. There are 39 species of lavender, and they all share a light purple or bluish color. Exceptions are species of lavender which are light pink and even yellow! Certain kinds of lavender are used for its essential oil, and I will mention them soon. First, a bit more history!fields of lavender

This little shrub is pretty old, and it has been in the service of mankind for over 2,500 years. It is native to parts of Africa, and to the Mediterranean. Nowadays, it can be found all over the world. It was well received wherever it ended up. It is a plant which can adapt easily, and – as mentioned – it also yields one of the most popular essential oils there are.

Lavender’s official name is Lavandula angustifolia. Lavender’s translation is “washing” or “to wash”, which attests to its use by the ancient empires – a use which still continues to be popular to this day. In days of yore, people used to add the plant to bathwater. They attributed medical and spiritual significance to the plant, which is also an ongoing status. Lavender can be used for food, and even for casual every day therapy. This plant can help you sleep better, reduce anxiety, and even relieve the aches and pains of menstruation. It can do wonders, inside and out, which is what makes its essential oil so popular. It is always in high demand, because it can do so much for us.ancient Egypt, lavender

In ancient Egypt, lavender was used in the mummification process, and it is no wonder. It is a revered plant, which is easy to grow and maintain. It comes in many forms: fresh, dried, gel, oil, extract, tea, and possibly others which escape me at the moment.

Lavender essential oil is used by many. It has antifungal and antiseptic abilities, and can even be used to help with inflammation. Putting a few drops in a burner before bed (minding the flame, of course!), can really help launch you into a good night’s sleep. The fumes stay long after the candle has been blown out.

Lavender’s oil is also used to help treat acne, eczema, sunburns, insect bites. It can be very beneficial for scalp, hair, and skin. It has an effect which really is remarkable, but this changes from one person to another. Either way, because of this, lavender oil is added to many different kinds of creams, lotions, and other cosmetics products. Maple Holistics makes some great lavender based products.

Note: even though no side effects have been documented, children and pregnant (or nursing) women should consult with a physician before implementing lavender as a medical solution. Lavender can help slow down the heart rate, which can make it a liability in certain cases. If you are taking any medication, check with your doctor.

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