Utilized for food, healing and relaxation, lavender is one of the most well rounded herbs. Lavender is part of the same family as basil, catnip, lemon balm, peppermint, oregano, rosemary, chia, sage and thyme. As with most blue and purplish plants, lavender has cooling and nervine properties.
It is from the flowers that we get the ever so potent essential oil. Lavender oil has a low toxicity level and great antiseptic and antibacterial properties. The flowers also boast antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
From an herbal perspective, lavender’s energy and flavor is considered spicy, fragrant, mildly bitter and cool. Lavender’s benefits include calming, regenerative, healing, sedative, astringent, antihistamine, cytophylactic, and antispasmodic. Ultimately, lavender is most known for its relaxing and healing properties. I love working with lavender because it is an antidepressant, analgesic (pain reliever), hypotensive nervine, relaxing, soothing, antibacterial and cardiotonic. Lavender is also antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, carminative—herbs that help relieve gas and griping (sever pain in the bowels)—, antioxidant, and stimulates blood flow.
Lavender’s calming property makes it an excellent aid for sleep issues, insomnia, nightmares, depression, stress, anxiety, focus and concentration, migraines, headaches, mood swings, nervous tension and emotional balance. Lavender is good for allergies, hay fever, asthma, bronchial problems, flu symptoms, lice and insect repellents. In terms of pain, lavender can help relieve symptoms of sunburns, burns, pains, strains, sprains, cuts, wounds, blisters and bee and wasp stings. Lavender also helps calm issues associated with scars, inflammation, boils, rashes, psoriasis, abscesses, acne, eczema, dermatitis and alopecia. Other conditions lavender might help with are teeth grinding, high blood pressure, menstrual regulation, vertigo, ear ache indigestion and colic.
While lavender may seem overly used or advertised, there are many benefits that keep lavender number one in many books. I have had great success with its applications personally and professionally. Although some people might have an aversion to the smell of lavender, it often serves as a diagnostic tool for me. Sometimes what our bodies try to avoid is what our soul is actually calling for. For example, for clients that can’t stand the smell of lavender, they might have an underlying issue of not being able to relax or are constantly stressed.
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Please consult your primary physician before using herbal remedies. The information above is for self-educative purposes only, and should not be used in place of professional medical advice.
Stephanie works as an herbalist, naturopath and energy healer. She is the creator and maker of the handmade, all natural, customizable Bradberry® brand of herbal products. Stephanie helps her clients find natural solutions for their unique health, wellness and skincare needs.
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