Lavender has been my sedative for many years. One day while I was sitting on the sofa I notice that in a few minutes I would fall asleep. This kept going on for many days till finally I said to myself, “ what is wrong with me, every time I go into the living room I fall asleep but as soon as I get up and go to the other room I am fully awake”. I started backtracking my steps to see what was different. The only thing different was that I had started lighting a lavender candle in the living room that was causing me to fall asleep. From that day on Lavender has been my go to scent to sleep.
Lavender is a flower native to Northern Africa and the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean, it’s botanical name L. angustifolia bloom time is between June to August it grows between 2 to 3 feet height and their beautiful color of deep blue-purple, light pink or white gives borders a beautiful sight to view.
Lavender has many uses from for skin products to culinary. Lavender is used in fragrances to give skin a soft and purifying feel. It’s use in shampoos to help with hair loss, it can help with wounds, minor burns and bug bites with its antiseptic and anti-flammatory properties, it also helps relief of some skin conditions like eczema, rashes, dry skin.
Lavender has also many uses in culinary from cookies, breads, ice creams to delicious sauces to famous Provence seasoning. A pinch of lavender on any dish will make a big tasty difference. Here is a recipe you can try Lavender Lemon Cookies.
Lavender has been used in Essential Oils for many years. In the Journal of Medical Microbiology a study was publish were researchers found that the oil could be effective in fighting antifungal-resistant infections. Studies have shown that Lavender essential oil can help with other symptoms as Premenstrual emotion symptoms, anxiety disorder, insomnia, depression, relieves pain and many more beneficial uses have been reported.
As you can see Lavender is well know for it’s many uses and benefits to our daily living. In fact Lavender has been associated with love, it was also know in modern times to be used by Cleopatra to seduce Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Not long ago it was said that ladies wore a small pouch of lavender in their cleave to attract men.
Lavender was used by many ancient doctors and ancient legends:
Dioscorides Greek botanist, wrote on the De Materia Medica that lavender taken internally would benefit indigestion, sore throats, headaches and would clean wounds.
Romans used the plant in bathing ceremonies and named the plant after its use. They realized it want only relaxing, but also antiseptic.
Abbess Hildegard of Bingen wrote in her book “Physica” and “Causes and Cures” about Lavender and its benefits.
Queen Elizabeth loved have tea and sweets made of Lavender.
In Asia, lavender has been used for many reasons, one of them the effect it has cooling the mind, the heart and helping people relax.
I personally ❤️ Lavender, I love the soft calming scent, I personally use it to aid me when I can’t sleep. I use it on my mosquito blends. To keep my dodos calm when we go for a long car ride. I use it on my body butter, sugar scrubs, soaps and last but not least on my calming or sleeping aid teas.
Go into a flower shop, Home Depot, Lowes or any place that sells flowers or plants and see if they carry Lavender, smell it and you will see what I mean when I say “just a swift of the Lavender scent will have you calm in seconds and make you feel as if you are in a garden with nothing but flowers”.
This is one of God’s Natural Gifts.
Lavender is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and should not be taken in place of approved and prescribed medicines.
If you choose to use this essential oil, the FDA does not monitor these products. There may be concerns about purity, safety, or quality. Only purchase essential oils from reputable companies.