Lavender plant ( Lavandula angustifolia ), is one of the most well-known medicinal plants and used along the long epoch, one of the indispensable ones in the popular medicine due to the medicinal properties and benefits that it offers to take care and to maintain our health in natural form.
Botanical name: Lavandula angustifolia
Usable Parts: Dry flowers
The Lavender plant is a perennial woody shrub with showy violet or bluish-shaped spikes with a very characteristic and pleasant aroma. It is found in the Mediterranean.
Properties of the Lavender or Espliego (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender oil contains linalool, linaline, camphor, limonene, tannins, boreol, curaines and saponins.
The Espliego is a medicinal plant that has a diuretic, anlagésico, antiseptic, relaxing, carminative, insecticidal, cholagogues, healing, antirheumatic, antibacterial, antiviral, blood circulation stimulating and skin regenerating effect.
Used to relax and relieve emotional and physical stress.
Improves blood circulation.
It favors the functioning of the nervous system.
It is used to eliminate acne.
Relieves pain, thanks to its Analgesic action.
Improves throat conditions.
Tranqulise wounds and disinfect them.
Lavender helps to reduce fever.
It facilitates the elimination of accumulated gasses.
Excellent remedy for rheumatism.
Stabilizes the formation of bile, which will help the digestion of fats.
Helps us to improve digestions.
Reduces or eliminates muscle tension and muscle spasms.
It is a natural remedy to combat insomnia.
The Espliego is very useful for the recovery of blows, sprains, injuries, inflammations, etc.
Improves cases of asthma, cold and influenza.
Prevents hair loss by externally applying lavender infusion.
Has tonic action on the liver and spleen.
Use for stomach cramps and swollen gut.
It is a natural remedy for gout.
Lavender is used to removing the fungus Candida albicans and bacteria that cause vaginal infections.
How to use Lavender or Espliego
It must be collected when the flowering period begins and dried by binding into bundles that would hang upside down in a room that should be dark and ventilated, with no humidity and should not receive direct sunlight. In this way we could dry Lavender leaves and can use throughout the year.
Lavender can be used in cooking, especially flowers in salad and in other cold and tempered dishes, as well as in desserts and even in drinks, such as making lemonade and adding a tablespoon for each liter and a half.
Also, small Lavender packs can be made by stowing lavender in small cotton bags and leave them in the closets and cobblers. With this in addition to obtain pleasant smell, this could help in getting rid of rotten smell and eliminate bad odors from carpets, sofas & curtains and even help in getting rid of moths.
In cosmetics, natural and homemade, Lavender is also very useful. Takes care of the skins and keeps it in good condition.
The lavender infusion can be used to make mouthwashes and help eliminate bad breath or halitosis.
“Have you had a hard day? Relax with a hot bath by adding handfuls of lavender. Another option is to pour two tablespoons of lavender in a bowl or large container and add hot water. While placing the feet in it, improvement can be easily observed..!!”
Lavender is used in infusion for migraine headaches by taking 1 cup of standard infusion of flowers, 3 times a day and, if 1 cup is consumed before bed, it can help you to relieve insomnia. It is also appropriate as a digestive after food.
Tincture , up to 5 ml (1 teaspoon) a day can be taken for migraines, depression or nervous tension. Lavender also serves to calm asthma, especially in attacks triggered by nervous tension, and stress.
However, the most widespread essential application of lavender is as “oil”, for which there are three different ways of taking advantage of it:
- Apply pure oil to insect bites or bites, or add 10 drops to 50 ml of water and use it as a sunburn lotion. To help you 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 the temples and the neck in case of tension headaches or when you notice the least sign of the migraine.
- Capillary rinse.
Dilute 20 drops of essential oil in a pitcher of water to get a good capillary rinse for lice. Apply a few drops of pure oil to the comb with which larvae and nits are removed.[Remedy for hair loss]
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Lavender, as a iatric(medicinal) plant, has many uses:
- Cell re-generator
- Helps to relieve the symptoms of flu and cold …
- It has great antiseptic power.
- In a recent burn it helps to prevent the appearance of blisters, as well as to regenerate the tissues.
- It is as an anti-inflammatory.
- It is widely used, especially in rheumatic or arthritis processes, since lavender plant helps to relax and calm the pain.
Other uses of the lavender plant
The lavender flower, strongly aromatic, is used, as a natural freshener, as a repellent of moths. A lavender tonic is also made with aloe vera that has cooling, cleansing and toning properties to smooth skin of our body.
Lavender plant shows great medicinal importance; very useful in many home remedies and even the Lavender could be used for therapy of many Neuropsychiatric disorders, depression & stress(mental & physical); disorders such as insomnia can be treated with the proper use of it. Though, used in both forms Dried and OIL; both forms have their own significant values.