Years ago for bridal shower I received a satchel for my lingerie drawer along with one of the gifts. It was a bit lost on me, having never loved the smell of lavender all that much. As the years have passed, the scent of lavender has grown on me. And as I have learned more about its incredible healing properties, I have come to appreciate its energy.
Yesterday I spent some time at the Peace Valley Lavender Farm in Bucks Country, PA, where, as you might have guessed, it is all about all things lavender. With the crazy weather of this past winter and spring, the beauty of the place has not reached its peak just yet, though the scent is abundant.
Though lavender may look quaint and have the smell of romance, it is actually quite powerful. It can kill pathogens in the air, in nasal sinuses, and in respiratory airways. In fact, historical anecdotes have said that lavender field workers and perfumers of the middle ages survived plagues because the lavender protected them from receiving the bacteria.
The healing properties of lavender are really amazing. It has a variety of uses, such as an essential oil, as dried flowers in a satchel or pillow, as a tincture (taken orally), used topically or dropped on clothing or bedding. At the Peace Valley Lavender farm they sell everything from lavender shampoo and lavender essential oil to lavender sugar and even lavender chocolate.
Not only does lavender have hydrating, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory properties, lavender also stimulates the immune system.
The healing power of lavender is really something special. Here are some of the many uses for lavender:
– Lavender can ease muscle aches. It can also be used as a massage oil.
– It can reduce the sting from insect bites.
– It can promote wound healing and to prevent scar tissue from forming. It can be applied directly to help the healing process of warts, acne, herpes, or shingles sores. (I use it in conjunction with tea tree oil on acne.)
– It can help reduce pain from earaches.
– Put lavender in a satchel or small pillow in closets and drawers to keep clothes smelling fresh. This can also be helpful for repelling moths.
– Many people use lavender for a headache or migraine, applying it to a cold compress and apply it to your forehead.
– Lavender may help reduce pain from a toothache. Add it to a wet (preferably very cold) washcloth and apply it to the affected area.
-Some people use lavender to help alleviate motion sickness and morning sickness by applying it on the end of the tongue, behind the ears, or even on the stomach.
– In some countries, women take a spoonful of lavender and massage it into the pelvic area to reduce menstrual cramps.
– Lavender tea is used around the world when people are suffering from the flu, sore throats, or respiratory issues. It is also known to help with a weak stomach and to calm nerves.
– Lavender can also be used for these illnesses by applying a few drops to a bowl of steaming hot water and breathing it in to the airways.
– Applying a few drops of lavender essential oil to the scalp can reduce flakiness that occurs with dry skin, particularly during the winter.
– Speaking of dry skin, lavender oil can also be applied to the lips to reduce chapping.
– Spray some diluted lavender oil (in a spray bottle with water) on your clothes before putting them in the wash and dryer to kill germs and leave them smelling fresh.
– Lavender also repels insects. It can be added to a homemade bug spray and applied directly to the skin (particularly the ankles and behind the knees) before heading outdoors.
– As a natural deterring of insects, lavender can also be sprayed in your garden to prevent bugs from eating your plants and vegetables.
– You can also use that spray on your counter tops in kitchens and bathrooms, along with door knobs to help kill germs.
– Spraying lavender on a pillow or putting a satchel underneath a pillow is said to help calm nerves at night, promoting a more peaceful sleep.
– Some people apply lavender to the bottoms of their feet or in a foot bath. This is said to help promote calming, decrease fatigue and improve mood.
-You can cook with lavender too! It also provides a refreshing taste when added to drinks.
So there you have it.
Are you a fan of lavender? Where do you keep it and what do you use it for?
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on this website. Please consider this post as a reference, not as medical advice, as claims may not have been evaluated by the FDA.