posted Oct 9, 2014, 2:32 PM by Ivy Hunter   [ updated Apr 21, 2015, 3:23 PM ]
A beautiful fragrance that can penetrate the dream world on its own. Use the fresh stalks to flavor wine, drinks, jelly, gelatin, coffee, candies, and custards. The dried flowers make perfect pillows or potpourri to scent the house and drawers. Use a small pillow of lavender flowers to toss into the dryer in place of fabric softening sheets for a soft effect and soothing fragrance.

According to the Herbal Medicine Handbook 2006 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Lavender is known as Lavandula angustifolia, L. dentata, L. latifolia, L. officinalis, L. pubescens, L. spica, L. stoeches, L. vera, aspic, English lavender, French lavender, garden lavender, lavandin, spike lavender, and true lavender.

It is important to point out that not all types of lavender can be eaten. Some produce a relaxing effect while others produce a muscle contraction or spasmodic effect. Lavender use has been used for centuries, but only a few types are used medicinally.

Medicinal Use
The oil of lavender in a concentration of 1% to 5% contains over 100 monoterpene components - up to 30% to 40% linalyl acetate, and linalool, and less than 1% camphor. It contains several coumarins, ursolic acid, flavonoids, and tannins.
Antiseptic: The monoterpenes cause an antiseptic action in the oil.
Blood pressure reduction - The cineole and linalool in the plant are responsible for this by depressing or sedating the central nervous system.
Sedation: oral, topical use, and aromatic inhaled use has been reported to have a sedative action (from specific variety).
It has also been used as an antidepressant, calming, and sedation. The flowers can be used as a tea to calm the stomach, and used on the skin for minor rash, burn, cuts, and abrasion. Add the oil to warm baths as a relaxation aid.

Infused bath salt:
Make fresh before the bath;
Use 10 drops of lavender oil
2 flowering tops - remove stem
1 cup Epsom salt or sea salt in rock form
Add to blender or food processor using the S-blade, and blend well.
For a foaming bath salt add 2 teaspoons of baking soda
For a bubbly bath salt, add 1/2 cup of your body wash to the mix
Prepare the bath, add the cup of lavender infused bath salts, and enjoy the soothing aroma of the lavender

Types used & cautions: Lavender officinalis can be used in regular doses and is rarely toxic. When used on the skin it hardly ever causes a sensitive reaction. This type is the only medicinally used type for ingestion of any kind. The other types including spike lavender can have as much as 15% of camphor compounds which make it unsuitable for consumption or inhalation doses - and contribute to the toxic effects discussed earlier. The reactions can include confusion, low blood pressure, constipation, skin rash, respiratory depression, excess sleep, and increased appetite.

Lavender infused coffee:
1 teaspoon lavender flours
3 tablespoons coffee grinds

Combine the lavender & coffee & use as regular coffee grinds. Don't combine until you are ready to use it.

Keep dried lavender flours in a dark, air tight container.

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