Thursday, March 3, 2011

Oh Lavender- Lovely Lavender!

Blog post by Tina Winterlik
March 3/2011

Oh Lavender, Lovely Lavender. How I love you!!
I do, I really love my lavender. I use it for everything. For my little girl's little owee's, for acne, for stress, upset tummy, sunburn, preventing colds/flu. Lavender is an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal,anti-depressant and oh so much more. See Read what Valerie Worwood writes about lavender. =

One day I hope to have a little house in the Kootenays with a big big garden full of lavender and other wonderful herbs. It would be so lovely to have a little storefront with "Angel's Apothecary" and have a set up like Gaia Gardens and sell all sorts of wonderful essential oils, creams, lotions and natural soaps. I dream that Angel and I will become Herbalists and Aromatherapists. That's my dream, my projection, my future!! 

Lavender- Oh How I Love You! Photo by Tina Winterlik © 2011

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

 By Valerie Ann Worwood =

Valerie Ann Worwood-The Complete Book of Essential Oils

Provenza-Promfumo di Lavanda

A Guide to Growing Lavender

Starting a Lavender Farm

Drying Lavender

Removing the flowers

Choosing a Distiller

Lavender Distiller Parts

La Lavanda

The lavenders (Lavandula) are a genus of 39 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. An Old World genus, distributed from Macaronesia (Cape Verde and Canary Islands and Madeira) across Africa, the Mediterranean, South-West Asia, Arabia, Western Iran and South-East India. It is thought the genus originated in Asia but is most diversified in its western distribution.

The genus includes annuals, herbaceous plants, subshrubs, and small shrubs. The native range extends across the Canary Islands, North and East Africa, Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, Arabia and India. Because the cultivated forms are planted in gardens worldwide, they are occasionally found growing wild as garden escapees, well beyond their natural range. However, since lavender cross-pollinates easily, there are countless variations within the species. The color of the flowers of some forms has come to be called lavender.

Lavender oil

Lavender oil is an essential oil obtained by distillation from the flower spikes of certain species of lavender. Two forms are distinguished, lavender flower oil, a colorless oil, insoluble in water, having a density of 0.885 g/mL; and lavender spike oil, a distillate from the herb Lavandula latifolia, having density 0.905 g/mL. Lavender flower oil is a designation of the National Formulary and the British Pharmacopoeia. Like all essential oils, it is not a pure compound; it is a complex mixture of naturally occurring phytochemicals, including linalool and linalyl acetate. Kashmir Lavender oil is famous for being produced from lavender at the foothills of the Himalayas. Read More Here

Therapeutic uses

Lavender oil, which has long been used in the production of perfume, can also be used in aromatherapy. The scent has a calming effect which may aid in relaxation and the reduction of anxiety.

Lasea capsules containing lavender oil with a high amount of linalool and linalyl acetate, termed Silexan by the manufacturer, are approved as an anxiolytic in Germany.[1] The approval is based on a finding that the capsules are comparable in effect to low-dose lorazepam.[2]

It may also help to relieve pain from tension headache when breathed in as vapor or diluted and rubbed on the skin.

When added to a vaporizer, lavender oil may aid in the treatment of cough and respiratory infection.

Lavender oil may also be used as a mosquito repellent when worn as perfume or when added to lotions or hair products. Read More Here

Medicinal uses

According to advocates of alternative medicine, lavender oil can be used as an antiseptic and pain reliever to be applied to minor burns and insect bites and stings. It is also said to treat a variety of common ailments, such as sunburn and sunstroke.[3] It can also be used in massage oil mixtures, which may be effective in the relief of joint and muscle pain, or in chest rub mixtures for the relief of asthmatic and bronchitic spasm. It is also said to treat head lice when used in a hair rinse mixture, or on a fine comb to eliminate nits. Some say lavender oil may have played a role in the reduction of advanced mammary tumors in lab rats. Read More Here

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