Lavender (Lavandula officinalis)
Lavender (Lavender officinalis) is probably one of the most well-known and easily recognised of the herbs with her showy floral spikes - she's not shy to show off her talents! But on closer inspection, her tiny purple flowers with their familiar, relaxing scent begin to reveal a soothing, cooling nature, with a long history of use in ancient European and Middle Eastern cultures. She is native to the mountains in the West of the Mediterranean, and thrives in warm, dry conditions.
Lavender flowers were traditionally used to bathe a new baby and welcome them into the World. Known for healing and anti-septic actions on the skin, Lavender has been used topically for cuts, scrapes and burns. As a heady aromatic, Lavender oil has been used to treat all nature of ailments affecting the head, including migraine headache and mental stress. It helps empty and overactive mind, and aids in relaxation and restful sleep. In addition, as an anti-spasmodic, Lavender was used to relieve spasms, tension and paralysis through-out the body.
Studies have found Lavender to be an effective anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-septic when used against infections including staph, colds and flus. Lavender oil contains linalool and linalyl acetate, which studies have found may be effective for the treatment of anxiety.
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