As I am sure you have seen from previous posts I have written on Lavender that I am a bit partial to it. Well, according to The Federation of Holistic Therapies, in an article in Natural Health, it has many many health benefits.
It was first introduced to Britain by the Romans and is said to get its name from the Latin word ‘lavare, which means to wash or cleanse.
In aromatherapy, the lavender essential oil is highly regarded for its soothing and balancing effects. When used at bedtime, lavender helps to calm the mind and promote sleep.
It’s also used to soothe aches and pains and skin problems and as an insect repellent.
It lends a delicate flavour to casseroles, scones, roast lamb, and even ice-cream. It is a tonic to the cardiovascular and digestive system, it can lower blood pressure and can help to thin the blood due to the presence of coumarins.
It’s good for muscle spasm, sprains, strains, cramps, and rheumatic pains. It can work as a sedative to the central nervous system and can relieve headaches, nervous tension and insomnia, mood swings and PMS and even keep the moths away (we have loads at the moment).
It’s a front-line defense against respiratory infections.
Looking through the Internet brought me some brilliant websites which have some good products to help you sleep including slumber gel, which you apply to your temples and pulse points. Mayfield Lavender had some really unusual teapot oil burners and Not on the High Street is another good site with unusual gifts like this Lavender Gift Set.
Norfolk Lavender has an array of fantastic candles, bath bombs, and an aromatherapy lavender stress gel with camomile and Norfolk lavender.
Faith in Nature (which has dozens of stores up and down the country) has refill stations for many products and in their range is a Lavender & Geranium Body & Haircare which you can just keep going back to fill up doing your bit for the planet.
Of course, you could grow your own lavender and could use it in so many things from adding to food, filling bags for your wardrobe to keep the moths away, using in bean bag making, sprays for your pillow and for spraying your ironing ( my favourite). If there is one thing I can remember about my Grandma it was her smelling of this lovely herb.