Lavender

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Lavender is probably one of the most well-known herbs and is grown practically all over the world. It’s been used for centuries as a medicinal herb and at some point in history it was used to flavour food because it was believed to help calm the stomach.

Lavender has antiseptic qualities, and has been used in medicines and ointments since Roman times. The ancient Egyptians used it in embalming fluids and placed lavender in the tombs of royalty. And the ancient Greeks used it to treat insect bites, stomach disorders and kidney problems.

Lavender water was believed to cure fainting, nausea and dizziness for many generations. It’s also a favourite ingredient in detergents, air fresheners and pot pourri mixtures used in the home and work place. Lavender clears the head and freshens the environment.

Lavender flowers produce oil which is used in many preparations: perfumes and similar products. They are also useful nectar producing plants which in turn yield high quality honey.

Storing

Lavender rarely needs storing, but the flowers are only available until late summer or autumn, depending on the variety.

Pick flowers and dry them in the sun or a home dryer. Don’t dry too quickly. The flowers can be stored in a glass jar. Use in recipes, pot pourri mixtures and drawer fresheners.

Lavender based products make marvelous gifts.

Medicinal uses for Lavender

The medicinal uses for lavender would require another book to list them all. A sachet filled with dried lavender flowers and placed under the pillow will ensure a good night’s sleep.

Lavender tea is helpful in alleviating stress headaches and migraines, as well as indigestion and colic.

To your herbal delight!

Linda x

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Text taken from ’20 Everyday Herbs’ listed here

 

 

 

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