Herbs & Natural Foods for Health

Lavendar

Scientific Name - Lavandula angustifolia

Properties - Aromatic, antiseptic, calmative, sedative, antispasmodic, carminative, headache relief, insect repellent

Common Uses - Make tea to calm nerves and alleviate headaches. Tonic water and skin lotions containing lavendar may improve skin texture and aid in healing acne. Commonly found in sachets to ward off insects in drawers and in potpourri to mask room odors. Tea or compresses made with lavendar may relieve coughs and chest congestion.

Parts Used - Essential oil (from flowers, leaves, and stems)

Locating & Handling - Purchase oil or tea in health food stores. Grow lavendar as potted plants or outdoors.

Caution - None

Origin - Native to Mediterranean area, used in ancient Greece and Rome


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