You walk into a massage therapy office needing relief and balance.
You breathe in a spirit-lifting scent and then a remarkable calm washes over you. Most likely you’ve just experienced one of the amazing benefits of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia).
HISTORY OF THE HERB LAVENDER
This richly scented, deep purple flower is native to the mountainous zones of the Mediterranean, but widely available throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia.
Over 2,500 years ago the ancient Egyptians used lavender in rituals, including the mummification process. In ancient Greece and Rome, the flowers and oils were sold at premium prices for use in soaps, perfumes and natural remedies.
USES OF THE HERB LAVENDER
Today, lavender essential oil is used in aromatherapy to help balance and soothe mental and emotional stress. While, lavender initially feels “reviving” to the senses, within moments it has a calming and restorative effect.
For individuals with ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorders, lavender is safe to use as part of a relaxation routine.
It’s one of the few essential oils that may be applied directly to the skin undiluted or in combination with other oils for massage and bathing.
FORMS OF THE HERB LAVENDER
Lavender has a wide range of “floral notes” that can be achieved depending on the intensity of the concentration.
It’s available as a tincture, infusion, extract and, as noted, an essential oil alone or in combination with other herbs used for relaxation.
Dried lavender and its derivatives are used in bath salts, sachets, eye pillows, and potpourris. Lavender, in herb form, may also be used in herbal beverages, teas, and culinary herb blends.
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