Lavender

Lavender has been used for centuries all over the world for many things from food to healing! This amazing plant is used for acne, athlete's foot, comforting the stomach, as a disinfectant, for headache and migraine relief, healing burns and insect bites, an insect repellent, scenting linens, stiff joints and sore muscle relief, sunburns and more!

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Thank you Sue.

I love the scent and the beauty of Lavender.


The Powers of Lavender

Aromatherapists name lavender as an indispensable oil. Its attributes of effectiveness, mildness and aroma are unequaled in the repertoire of essential oils.

Lavender has scented human history - from Egyptian perfumes and incense through the Dark Ages when sprigs were carried to ward off the plague. Today, the unique components of lavender are vital to countless cosmetic and aromatherapy products. In fact, lavender recently made worldwide news when The Lancet, a British medical journal published a letter from Dr. David Stretch, researcher at the University of Leicester, on the preliminary findings of a study on aromatherapy and insomnia. Dr. Stretch reports that lavender oil was successful in helping four elderly insomniacs fall asleep quicker and sleep longer. Three of the subjects who had been taking sedatives were able to stop medication. Further research including large trials will be necessary to verify the work being done by Dr. Stretch.

Lavender originates in the sun-drenched countries along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. A long tradition of careful cultivation and distillation in the Grasse region of southern France has inspired successful cultivation in countries as far away as Tasmania and China.

The aroma of lavender essential oils is sweet, fruity-floral giving way to a body note that is sweet, floral-herbaceous, refreshing and pleasant with a balsamic-woody undertone. The oils is quite volatile with little tenacity, leaving behind a dry, lightly sweet, floral-herbaceous aroma.

Lavender oil contains up to 40% linalyl acetate and 30% linalool, a terpene alcohol that's non-toxic to humans, yet naturally germicidal. Linalyl acetate has a very pleasant fruity-floral aroma. The combination of pleasant fruity-floral sweetness with anti-microbial activity is key to lavender's long-standing popularity in cosmetics and aromatherapy.

The mind-spirit aromatherapy benefits of lavender are vast and varied. It balances stagnant and hyper energies and emotions. Lavender soothes and nourishes the spirit; enhances the intuitive process; gently clarifies the mind; and helps to combat the blues.

The physical benefits that lavender imparts to the skin mirror its balancing mind-spirit effects. Lavender cools sunburn and soothes dry skin, while helping to quiet over-active sebaceous glands that produce oily skin.

Lavender is also used as an air freshener, in potpourris and in masculine and feminine colognes and perfumes.

http://www.madison-avenue.com/storefront/Aromatherapy/Oils/Lavender.asp

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Vicky 2Hearts

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Thank you Sue for posting, and thank you Vicky for your reply.
Lavender in my garden is just starting to bloom. I love it for its aroma and its beauty.
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Lavender is frequently alluded to as a natural remedy for a large variety of ailments. Lavender is primarily used in connection with insomnia, anxiety, depression, and mood disturbances. This is due to recent and past studies showing lavender's effectiveness in producing calming, soothing, and anticonvulsive effects in those who use it.

Jennifer Young

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I am not sure about Mexican Sage, but it might look the same. Here we can only buy lavender in garden centres and specialty stores.

Lavender looks a lot like Mexican sage, but I am not sure about the scent. Confused



Sue Confused Cat Confused Cat2 Confused


This is a lavender plant for sure

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Lavender is an incredibly versatile herb for cooking. In today's upscale restaurants, fresh edible flowers are making a comeback as enhancements to both the flavor and appearance of food.



As a member of the same family as many of our most popular herbs, it is not surprising that lavender is edible and that its use in food preparation is also returning. Flowers and leaves can be used fresh, and both buds and stems can be used dried. Lavender is a member of the mint family and is close to rosemary, sage, and thyme. It is best used with fennel, oregano, rosemary, thyme, sage, and savory.

English Lavender (l. angustifolia and munstead) has the sweetest fragrance of all the lavenders and is the one most commonly used in cooking. The uses of lavender are limited only by your imagination. Lavender has a sweet, floral flavor, with lemon and citrus notes. The potency of the lavender flowers increases with drying. In cooking, use 1/3 the quantity of dried flowers to fresh. The key to cooking with lavender is to experiment; start out with a small amount of flowers, and add more as you go. NOTE: Adding too much lavender to your recipe can be like eating perfume and will make your dish bitter. Because of the strong flavor of lavender, the secret is that a little goes a long way.

The lavender flowers add a beautiful color to salads. Lavender can also be substituted for rosemary in many bread recipes. The flowers can be put in sugar and sealed tightly for a couple of weeks then the sugar can be substituted for ordinary sugar for a cake, buns or custards. Grind the lavender in a herb or coffee grinder or mash it with mortar and pestle.

The spikes and leaves of lavender can be used in most dishes in place of rosemary in most recipes. Use the spikes or stems for making fruit or shrimp kabobs. Just place your favorite fruit on the stems and grill.

Flowers look beautiful and taste good too in a glass of champagne, with chocolate cake, or as a garnish for sorbets or ice creams. Lavender lends itself to savory dishes also, from hearty stews to wine-reduced sauces. Diminutive blooms add a mysterious scent to custards, flans or sorbets. Dried lavender blossoms used in perfumes and pot pourris.

NOTE: Do not eat flowers from florists, nurseries or garden centers. In many cases these flowers have been treated with pesticides not labeled for food crops.

Harvesting Fresh Lavender - Harvest flowers as you would fruit, selecting those that look most perfectly ready, with the fullest color, and passing over any that seem wilted or less ripe. The fresher the flower, the more flavorful its taste, so pick your flowers as close as possible to food preparation time. Stem flowers may be put in a glass of water in a cool place until you are ready to use them. All blooms should be thoroughly rinsed. Immerse them in water to remove any insects or soil. Then lay the flowers gently on paper or cloth towels and dab dry, or gently spin dry in a salad spinner. If necessary, layer blooms carefully between moist paper towels in the refrigerator until meal time.

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Lavender essential oil has a calming scent which makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves and helps in treating migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. Its refreshing aroma removes nervous exhaustion and restlessness and increases mental activity.

Lavender essential oil is also an excellent remedy for various types of pains including those caused by sore muscles, tense muscles, muscular aches, rheumatism, sprains, backache and lumbago. Massage with lavender oil provides relief from pain in the joints.

Lavender essential oil induces sleep and hence it is often recommended for insomnia.

http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/natural-essent...s-of-lavender-essent

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Lavender is thought of as a Mediterranean plant, but You can be successful growing lavender if you choose the right variety, even if you don't live in the Mediterranean region.

I have some Lavender in my own garden, and our winters are very cold.

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Now it is time to cut and dry some of the lavender so you can use it all year round.



Hanging lavendercan discourage moths, so hanging the lavender in your clothes cupboards will not only smell nice to you, but could also save your clothes from insect attack.

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