Day 169/365 - On Lavender

Lavender flowers and oil

Lavender flowers and oil

6/18/17

Today I’m focusing on Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). This well-known herb is a popular choice for dish soap, bath soaks, aromatherapy and has many other household and therapeutic uses.

  1. Antibacterial, antiviral, antidepressant, carminative, nervine
  2. Antispasmodic, soothing to gut - treats dysbiosis, diarrhea, gas, nausea
  3. Aids digestion
  4. ‘Stagnant depression” - combine with damiana, holy basil, rosemary (David Winston)
  5. Very strong - fragrant, aromatic - high in essential oils, use sparingly and boil only slightly to preserve volatile substances
  6. Best as aromatherapy - Put plant in pillowcase or dab slightly as diluted essential oil → carry around
    1. Stress headache: make tea and soak washcloth or put 1 drop of essential oil
  7. Children may find it stimulating