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