Lavender, medicinal plant with soothing properties
- Common name: Lavender
- Scientific name: Lavandula officinalis, Lavandula vera, Lavandula agustifolia
- Family: Labiada
- Useful part: flowers
- Properties: Regenerates cells, anti-inflammatory, healing, sedative
- Applications: Burns, wounds, allergies, care of all skin types
- Contraindications: Does not have
Lavender is a plant of the family of lamiaceae, contains about thirty known species. The scientific name of lavender, lavandulae, comes from the Latin verb I will wash, because this flower helps wash both physical and emotional wounds.
his smell Unmistakable has made this plant the quintessential jewel of aromatherapy. In France it is widely used to make perfumes and cologne waters. It is also used for perfume and scare away the insects in cabinets and drawers, in which a small bag with lavender flowers is placed. Your bushy spikes of flowers are steam distilled to produce the essential oil used for muscle aches and headaches.
Lavender is used in infusion for migraines caused by nervous exhaustion by taking 1 cup of standard infusion of flowers 3 times a day and, if you drink 1 cup before bedtime, it can help relieve insomnia. It is also appropriate as a digestive after food.
In tincture, you can take up to 5 ml (1 teaspoon) a day for migraines, depression or nervous tension, although it also serves to calm asthma, especially in attacks triggered by nervous tension, and for stress.
However, the most widespread application of lavender is like essential oil, which must be taken advantage of in three different ways:
- Apply pure oil on insect bites or bites, or add 10 drops to 50 ml of water and use it as a sunburn lotion. To help fall asleep, place a cloth with 3-4 drops of oil under the pillow.
- Massage oil. Dilute 2 ml (20 drops) of essential oil in 10 ml of base oil to relieve muscle aches. Rub your temples and neck in case of tension headaches or when you perceive the slightest sign of migraine.
- Hair rinse. Dilute 20 drops of essential oil in a jug of water to get a good hair rinse for lice. Apply a few drops of pure oil on the comb with which the larvae and nits are removed.
Lavender, as a medicinal plant, has many uses: analgesic, cell regenerator, sedative, helps to reduce the symptoms of flu and cold ... always using the essential oil It is extracted from the plant. But above all it has great power antiseptic. In a recent burn it helps prevent the appearance of blisters, as well as regenerate tissues. In the case of wounds, it disinfects instantly avoiding subsequent consequences. It is also widely used as anti-inflammatory, especially in rheumatism or arthritis processes, since lavender helps Relax and calm the pain.
It is important for our health that the essential oil we use is of high quality, but the measures that are given in the indications of the remedies may not be the same and not act in the same way to the ailments.
Other uses of the lavender plant
The strongly aromatic lavender flower is used, in addition to as a natural air freshener, as a moth repellent. A lavender tonic is also made with aloe vera that has properties refreshing, cleansing and toning or a natural scrub to soften the skin of the body.
If you want information on how to grow lavender, in this article that includes an explanatory video we talk about the cultivation of this aromatic plant: Grow lavender.