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Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavender is native to the Old World and is found from Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, acrossEurope, to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia to southeast India. Lavender was known to the ancient Greeks, Dioscorides in his famous book “De Materia Medica” says …consumption of lavender helps to relieve indigestion, headaches and irritation of the throat.

Nowadays, lavender is one of the most used herbs for medical and cosmetical reasons. Infusions of lavender are believed to soothe insect bites, burns and headaches. Moreover, lavender is widely used in dermatology, because it has antibacterial properties, which prevent infection of wounds. The breathing of lavender decoction’s steam can make you feel relaxed and overpass insomnia. At last, bunches of this herb are used to repel insects naturally.

To make a decoction of lavender, put a teaspoon of lavender flowers into boiled water for 10 minutes.

Health Benefits of Lavender

Learn AboutLavenderBenefits Health Benefits   The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that scientific studies suggest that inhaling the scent of lavender may slow the nervous system activity, promoting relaxation. This can help anxiety, insomnia, stress and depression. Some people use lavender for painful conditions including migraine, headaches, toothaches, sprains, nerve pain, sores and joint [...]

Mythology – Lavender

Learn AboutLavenderMythology The myth says that the lavender had no smell until the moment when the Virgin Mary spread her swaddling clothes of the infant Jesus on a lavender bush. By miracle, when moved from the bush, lavender got a heady aroma. Since then, Mary was washing the swaddling clothes of Jesus Christ in water [...]

Side Effects of Lavender

Learn AboutLavenderSide Effects Lavender is likely safe for most adults in food amounts. It is possibly safe when taken by mouth, applied to the skin or inhaled in medicinal amounts. When taken by mouth, lavender can cause constipation, headache and increased appetite. When applied to the skin, lavender can sometimes cause irritation. Special Precautions & [...]

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