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Holistic healing properties of lavender

There are approximately 30 different varieties of lavender around the world. It has been prized as perfume by the ancient Greeks and harvested in France for its essential oils.   
Lavender is also well known in biblical times as 'spikenard'. It is said to have come from the Garden of Eden by Adam and Eve. Many proposed that it is this herb that was used by the Virgin Mary to perfume Jesus’ swaddling clothes and by Mary Magdalene to anoint his feet.
Lavender is a great addition to any garden.  Bees and butterflies love the deep purple blossoms and when planted in vegetable gardens or orchards it promotes healthy pollination. This aromatic herb grows best in a protected, sunny, warm location.  It grows best in dry well-drained, lime-rich soil and can grow 12 to 24 inches tall.  Lavender is best harvested just before full blossoming on a dry mid-summer day.  To dry this beautiful herb, tie the stems together and hang upside down for several days.  
The holistic properties of Lavender are said to assist in alleviating tension and insomnia, easing digestive upsets and calming coughs.  Some of lavenders popular uses are: 
  • Lavender oil is antiseptic and antibacterial making it an ideal remedy for blemished skin.
  • When used in a warm bath, lavender relaxes tension. Add a handful of lavender blossoms or lavender salts to a warm bath just before bedtime you will have a peaceful nights rest.  
  • Used in a tea, lavender works as a sedative, promoting sleep. It also has antispasmodic properties, which relieves headaches, coughs and indigestion caused from nervousness.
  • Using diluted Lavender Essential Oil during massage relieves aching muscles.
  •  When used on diluted Lavender Essential Oil has antibacterial properties that cleans, sooths and heals cuts, stings, and burns.
  • Lavender sachets use both leaves and blooms to repel moths and other pests.
  • To make an inexpensive and effective spray for cleaning and disinfecting, diffuse distilled white vinegar with flowers and leaves. Use on kitchen and bath surfaces in place of your chemical cleaners.
  • Placing a few drops of lavender essential oil onto a cotton ball or filter of your vacuum cleaner for a fresh clean scent when you vacuum.

When using any essential oils or herbal remedies, pregnant women should use caution as they are more sensitive at this time.  Consult your physician if you decide an herbal supplement would assist you in your quest for wellness if you are taking any prescription medications.

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  • Penny Nickols Sioux Falls Home Improvement Examine 5 years ago

    I enjoy the scent of lavender and was interested in the background information you provided in this article.

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