Lavender is known for its scent but also for its antibacterial, antimicrobial, expectorant, stress-relieving, antiseptic and analgesic properties.
Lavender has a long history of use in natural remedies and as a natural scent and perfume. Its calming scent makes it soothing to the respiratory system and it is often suggested to be diffused to calm coughs and colds. Its natural antibacterial properties may also make it useful in protecting against airborne viruses and bacteria when diffused.
Many massage and beauty products use lavender for its scent and its supposed ability to promote relaxation and stress relief, though this has not been well studied. In alternative medicine, use of lavender essential oil or lavender salves is sometimes recommended for muscle pain or aches or to promote restful sleep.
Essential oils distilled from the Lavandula genus of lavender plants are already used widely, particularly in the food, perfume and cosmetic industries. Studies of the biological activities of these oils suggest Lavandula oils have sedative and antispasmodic properties as well being potent antimicrobials and antioxidants.
This group has demonstrated that these oils work by destroying fungal cells by damaging the cell membrane. They believe that further research into the mechanisms by which this essential oil works could have significant clinical benefits. “Lavandula oil shows wide-spectrum antifungal activity and is highly potent.
Popular Uses of Lavender Essential Oil
- Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet for a restful night’s sleep.
- Keep a bottle of Lavender on hand for minor and occasional skin irritations.
- Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air by combining Lavender with water in a spray bottle.
- Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck to ease muscle tension.
- Use in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.
- Lavender can help you to feel more grounded and focused, helping you concentrate and think clearly when used aromatically throughout the room or home, or just on your body.
Here is how to make lavender lemonade:
Makes about 1 1/2 quarts
1 cup sugar
5 cups water, divided
1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Lavender sprigs for garnish
Combine sugar with 1 cup water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
Add lavender blooms to the sugar water, cover, and remove from heat. Let stand at least 2 minutes, or up to 2 hours.
Strain the mixture and discard the lavender. Pour the infusion into a glass pitcher. Add lemon juice and another 4 cups water. Stir.
Pour into glasses over ice or refrigerate until ready to drink. Garnish with lavender sprigs if desired.
Flavoring your lemonade with lavender is an awesome way to use the astounding therapeutic properties of lavender. Lavender is a glorious sweet-smelling herb that calms the senses so enjoy its amazing benefits.