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Lavender:

Family: Labiatae.

Growing pattern:- Perennial.

Lavender aroma therapy has become an increasingly popular way to ease anxiety, fatigue and headaches. It can even increase your mental functioning. Besides being inhaled the herb may also be taken orally or be rubbed on the skin to treat such conditions as toothache, loss of appetite and sprains. Adding a touch of lavender oil to your bath can improve your circulation not to mention relieve your tired and achy feet after some marathon shopping at the mall or to un-stress after a bad day at work.

Lavender quickly became a staple herb in the kitchens and apothecaries of yesteryear and was also a valuable trade commodity, some varieties of distilled lavender oils commanding high sums. The use of lavender in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable.

Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous. Lavender is also known as Lavandula angustifolia, aspic, lavandin, spike lavender, and true lavender.

Lavender has been used for many purposes including loss of appetite, nervousness, insomnia, acne, headaches, diabetes, rheumatic pain, nerve pain, and colds. Lavender is a bushy, branching shrub, whose lower branches are woody, although the young stems are herbaceous. It grows to a maximum height of three feet. Stems and leaves are covered with fine grey hairs. The evergreen leaves are silvery grey, eight times as long as wide, up to two inches in length, linear, smooth edged, and opposite.

Uses of Lavender:-

Lavender can be used in connection with the following conditions and symptoms:-

  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Abdominal complaints
  • Rheumatism
  • Loss of appetite

Used in rubbing oils for sore joints. An infusion can be used as a cold compress for headaches. Added to many cosmetics lavender has always been valued for its perfume. Lavender bags are used for linen and Lavender is again being used in cooking, for example in ice cream and biscuits.

Side effects

When used in the recommended dosage, lavender is not considered harmful. Some people have reported developing contact dermatitis (a rash) when lavender oil is used directly on the skin.

 

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