lavandula angustifoliaHistory Native to the Mediterranean, lavender is responsible for the birth of aromatherapy in our modern culture. Lavender has been used for centuries to freshen the air of sick rooms and used as a carminative, disinfectant, sedative, tonic and a healing agent. It was one of the herbs dedicated to Hecate – god of witches and sorcerers – and was thought to avert ‘the evil eye’. The Egyptian pharaohs used lavender as a perfume and fragrance. The Greeks used lavender to scent their bathwater. During the middle ages, lavender gained a reputation as an aphrodisiac that attracted a lover. Sprinkling lavender water onto your lover’s head was said to keep your lover faithful. This belief fuelled a great demand for lavender. It was also burned to keep the evil spirits away. Lavender was used right up until World War I as an infusion to treat and disinfect wounds. Effects • Used to integrate spirituality into everyday lift. Brings together higher and lower chakras. • Antiseptic, analgesic, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant, anti-rheumatic, anti- spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericide, carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant (tissue healing), cordial, cytophylactic, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypotensive, nervine, rubefacient, sedative, sudorific and vulnerary. • Ideal for soothing people affected by PMT, menopausal issues, palpitations, grief, mood swings and depression. Strengthening yet calming, the self-nurturing properties of lavender are said to help soothe away anxieties, induce sweet sleep and calm an overactive mind. • Of several fragrances tested by aromatherapy researchers, lavender was most effective at relaxing brain waves and reducing stress. It also reduced computer errors by almost one-fourth when used to scent the office. Uses • Lavender is among the safest and most widely used of all aromatherapy oils. It relieves muscle pain, migraines and other headaches, and inflammation. • It is also one of the most antiseptic essential oils, treating many types of infection, including lung, sinus, vaginal, and especially candida infections. Lavender is suitable for all skin types. • Cosmetically, it appears to be a cell regenerator. It prevents scarring and stretch marks and reputedly slows the development of wrinkles. It is used on burns, sun-damaged skin, wounds, rashes, and, of course, skin infections. Home use Vaporise lavender to lift depression, help in crisis situations, sooth irritability and relieve stress thereby helping with tense muscles and muscle spasms.
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