Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

What are all the uses of the lavender plant

Body spray, lotion, soap, bath soap.

A Bit More Information.Lavender (Lavandula officinalis)

Constituents: Flower contains up to1.5% volitile oil containing: linabol, linalyl acetate, lavendulyl acetate, terpinenol, camphor, borneol, pinene, linalol, geraniol, cineole, limonene and sesquiterpens. It also contains tannins and coumarins.

Actions: Carminative, anti-spasmodic, anti-depressant, rubefacient, anti-emetic, nervine, anti-septic, anti-fungal, & sedative.

Parts used: Aerial parts

Uses:
– Decorative:
Whole plant – excellent garden plant, as hedging plants.
Flower – dried bunches hung or added to dried arrangement or wreaths. fresh, add to nosegays

– Culinary
Flower – use to flavour jams and jellies or make lavender vinegar. Crystallized as decoration on cakes and confections.
Leaf – as part of the Herbs of Provence.

– Household
Flower – dried in sachets, bundles and wands to scent linen closets, and draws to protect items from moths. Rub fresh onto skin or pin to clothes to discourage flies.
Stems – can be used dried as incense or added to potpourri and herb pillows.
Oil – added to final rinse of linens

– Cosmetic
Flower – makes tonic or flower water for delicate or sensitive skin to speed cell replacement. As an astringent in treating acne. In soaps, bath oils and powders.
Oil – to treat acne, dandruff, andadded to rinse water for scented hair.

– Medicinal
Infusion – soothe headaches, calm nerves, ease flatulence, fainting, dizziness, stomach upsets and halitosis.
Oil – topically to treat abscesses, acne, athlete’s foot, boils, bruises, burns, dermatitis, eczema, earaches, lice, psoriasis, ringworm, scabies, sunburn and wounds, insect bites & stings, small burns. Added to bath water to calm nerves, induce restful sleep, and calm restless children. Used in massage for muscular aches, fluid retention, cellulite, skin sores, and rheumatic aches.

– Aromatherapy
to treat lumbago, rheumatism, sprains, asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, laryngitis, throat infections, whooping cough, abdominal cramps, colic, dyspepsia, nausea, cystitis, dysmenorrhea, leucorrhea, flu, depression, hypertention, insomnia, migraines, nervous tension, stress-related conditions, PMS, shock and vertigo.

– Magical Information/Uses

Gender – Masculine
Ruling planet- Mercury
Ruling element – Air

Magical powers – Chastity, Divination, Happiness,Healing, Longevity, Love, Peace, Protection, Purification, & Sleep.

Magical Uses – Lavender is a staple in love spells and sachets, old and new. Lavender scented papers and inks enhance your chances of a good response to love letters.
Lavender scent worn will protect against cruel treatment by a spouse; flowers are burned to induce sleep; scatter lavender throughout you house to maintain a peaceful atmosphere.
Gazing upon the plant is said to relieve sorrow and promote joyous feelings. Lavender is used in healing mixtures, carried to see ghosts and as protection from the “evil eye.” It is added to purification baths. In the Renaissance lavender was mixed with rosemary and worn to protect a woman’s Chastity. Lavender is also used in wish and love divination.





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