LAVENDER FLOWERS (France)
Uses: insomnia, nervous stomach, stess/anxiety. flatulence, colic, treat migraines in menopause, & depressive headaches, aphrodisiac. loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas (flatulence), and upset stomach.
Lavender has been thought for centuries to enflame passions as an aphrodisiac, and is still one of the most recognized scents in the world. The German Commission commended lavender for treating insomnia, nervous stomach, & anxiety. The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia lists lavender as a treatment for flatulence, colic, and depressive headaches, and many modern herbal practitioners use the herb to treat migraines in menopause. In Spain, lavender is added to teas to treat diabetes and insulin resistance. Precautions For best results, avoid heating the herb directly with boiling water, although a simmer is fine.
How do I use it?
Lavender flowers (fresh or dried) emit a strong, aromatic, uplifting scent when crushed between the fingers. Crush a few of the flower buds by rolling them between your fingers and inhale the scent slowly and deeply. The combination of breathing deeply and inhaling the lavender scent is delightful and relaxing.
- A relaxing, soothing tea can be made from the flowers. Just put one heaping tablespoon of the fresh or dried flowers in a tea pot, and pour boiling water into the pot. Infuse for about ten minutes. ( French Tea Presses are perfect for brewing lavender tea)
- Lavender essential oil or flower water can be applied like a perfume to the hair, neck, ears or other body parts. Smells delicious!
- Add several drops of lavender oil or a generous handful of lavender flowers to your bath for a soothing soak.
- For a soothingly scented sleep, drip a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow. Another option is to put the dried flowers into one of our Organza Sachet bags with tie and throw in or under your pillowcase. Available here Also great as gifts this way!! Or, dry your linens with a lavender dryer bag using one of our culinary muslin bags with tie string.
- Pulverized lavender flowers can add a unique and delightful flavor to salads, custards, jams, jellies and cookies, especially sugar cookies. It is a culinary relative to mint, sage, marjoram and thyme and can be used in the same fashion as these herbs. Lavender is so versatile in the kitchen, that virtually any experimentation with it will yield favorable results.
Does it really work?
Claims have long circulated about lavender's ability to prevent balding, control mild burns and acne, as well as treat gastrointestinal disorders. But lavender's impact on mood and cognition has garnered the most attention.
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