Lavender

The lavender is blooming and it smells so wonderful! I love making delicious smelling crafts, perfume, food, and medicine with it. 

I made lavender “bottles” or “rattles” by wrapping ribbon around the flowers and stems. 
Instructions here > http://earthelixir.ca/2012/07/14/diy-lavender-bundles/
Put them in drawers or in a linen closet, or hang them on a closet hanger to freshen and clean the air and clothes, and to deter moths and pests. I think they make a great stress ball too 😀 Lavender relaxes and helps relieve stress.Lavender has an extensive history of use dating back thousands of years. Used by the Phoenicians, Arabians, Romans, Victorians, Egyptians for mummification, perfume, medicine, crafts, cooking, and bathing, it still remains a popular favourite.

Depending on which country Lavender is grown the composition greatly varies. French lavender has a higher amount of esters, because it is grown at higher altitudes.



 Modern uses of lavender include the industrial, pharmaceutical, perfume and aromatherapy sectors. 

Lavender essential oil is a healing first-aid kit in a bottle!  Use it for all kinds of wounds, cuts, burns, scrapes, and bites. It is applied ‘neat,’ which means put it directly on skin without diluting it first. It is the best essential oil to use to treat burns, and use it with aloe vera or alcohol free witch hazel, preferably cold.

Common Name  Lavender flowers
Latin Name  Lavandula angustifolia
Family Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
Parts Used Perennial- flowering spikes picked in summer
Target Organs Digestion, Central Nervous System, Nerves, Skin, Muscular
Common Uses Digestion: IBS, colic, spasms, emotional digestive upset, nauseaNervous system: regulates, insomnia, stress, sciatica, migraines, headaches, anxiety

Skin: Healing minor wounds, abrasions, burns, insect bites, powerful cell regenerator

Muscular: aches, pains, arthritis,

Properties Analgesic, antibacterial, anticatarrhal, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory (local, systemic) antioxidant, antispasmodic(digestive) anxiolytic, astringent, carminative, deodorant, diaphoretic, febrifuge, nervine, relaxant, tranquilizer, vascular tonic, vasodilator, vulnerary
Constituents Essential Oil: 

Esters: 40-55%Linalyl acetate 30-53%, lavandulyl acetate .2-.5.9% terpenyl acetate .5% geranyl acetate .5% linaylbutyrate, linalylvalerianate,  Monoterpenes: 4-5% limonene, a+b pinene, camphene

Ketone: 4%: camphor 1% octanone-3 .5-1.5%, p-menthyl-acetophenone, amylketone, Aldehydes: 2%

Monoterpene alcohol: linalool 30-50%, geraniol 1%, borneol .8-1.4%, lavandulol .5-1.5% , terpinen-4-ol .3-6.5%,a-terpineol .1-1.4% amylalcohol, nerol

Oxides:2%: 1, 8 cineol .5-2.5%, linalool oxide, caryophyllene oxideTrace lactones and coumarins

Cautions Mild remedy: Do not use during pregnancy.
Dosage Tincture: 2-4ml               Tea: 2 tsp. infuse 
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3 Responses to “Lavender”

  1. You did a beautiful job of it. Bet it was tedious!

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