Lavender

19 11 2009

Lavender is a great plant. This herb is grown for its scent foliage and flowers in the garden and there are 39 species in total. Lavender is a heavily branched short shrub that grows to a height of roughly 60 centimeters. The oil in lavender’s small, blue-violet flowers gives the herb its fragrant scent. It is used in many different ways for e.g. in soaps, shampoos, and sachets for scenting clothes.

This herb is also considered a natural remedy for a range of ailments from insomnia and anxiety to depression and mood disturbances. Research has confirmed that lavender produces calming, soothing, and sedative effects. It is frequently used in baths to help purify the body and spirit.

Lavender can be grown from seeds or cuttings. The best time to plant them in the garden is in the late spring or early summer, when the weather is warm. Lavender is a plant that likes full sun and prefers dry soil. Lavender is very low maintenance and only requires watering once to twice a week. Most lavender plants will only flower for around 3 years.

Lavender also contains medicinal qualities that stimulate and improve health such as insomnia, alopecia (hair loss), anxiety, stress, postoperative pain, and as an antibacterial and antiviral agent.

There is now scientific evidence to suggest that aromatherapy with lavender may slow the activity of the nervous system, improves sleep quality, promote relaxation, more stable mood, increased mental capacity, reduced anxiety and lift mood in people suffering from sleep disorders.

You can buy lavender products such as aromatherapy oil, bath gels, extracts, infusions, lotions, soaps, teas, whole, dried flowers the list goes on. There are so many uses of lavender! 

 Basic Lavender Bath Salt Recipe

2 Cups Epsom salt
2 Cups coarse salt or sea salt
5 Drops of lavender high grade essential oil
5 Drops of blue food coloring
4 Drops of red food coloring
Ceramic or glass mixing bowl

Combine all ingredients except food coloring and stir. When working with essential oils, always wear rubber gloves and work in a well-ventilated area.

Combine both food colorings in a small dish and blend. Incorporate the food coloring into the salt mixture, stirring thoroughly. More coloring can be added if a deeper hue is desired. Spread bath salts on a length of wax paper to dry. If you are in a humid environment, the mixture can be placed on a lined cookie sheet and dried in an oven set on warm. The drier the salts are, the less likely they are to clump

By Vivian

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12 01 2010
mykidscanblog

brilliant post! like the bath salt recipe! http://www.yorkshirelavender.com/pure-essential-lavender-oil

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