What Lavender is for and how to use it

Lavender is a very versatile medicinal plant, as it can be used to treat various types of problems such as anxiety, depression, poor digestion or even insect bites on the skin, for example, due to its relaxing, calming, antispasmodic, analgesic and antidepressant properties.

This plant can also be known as Lavender or Lavandula, but its scientific name is Lavandula angustifolia and can be purchased in health food stores, drugstores, and in some markets or fairs.

What is Lavender for

Lavender serves to treat several problems, presenting several effects on the body, such as:

  1. Decrease anxiety and agitation;
  2. Reduce blood pressure;
  3. Decrease fever;
  4. Stimulate the healing of thrush;
  5. Stabilizes the heartbeat;
  6. Reduce migraine pain;
  7. Promote relaxation;
  8. Improve sleep quality;
  9. Reduce stress;
  10. Fight depression.

However, it is always best to consult a herbalist to assess whether the plant can be used for the type of problem being treated, or whether there is a plant with the best effect.

How to use Lavender

The used parts of Lavender are its flowers, leaves, stem to make teas, essential oil, or to be used in cooking.

1. Lavender Tea 

Lavender tea is great for treating poor digestion, stomach upset, migraines, spasm, and bronchial asthma and can be prepared as follows: 

Ingredients:

  • 70 g of lavender flowers;
  • 1 L of boiling water.

Preparation mode: 

  • In a pot, when the water is boiling add the lavender flowers and let it boil for 5 minutes. After that time, remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes, always straining before drinking. 

This tea should be drunk up to 3 times a day, it is recommended to drink it after each main meal.  

2. A hot bath with lavender

The hot lavender bath has an excellent relaxing, calming and the tranquilizing effect that helps in the treatment of excess stress, anxiety and sleep problems. To prepare a lavender bath, simply add 100 g of dry lavender flowers or 6-7 drops of essential oil to the hot water. 

Another way to use Lavender in the bath is to put 100 g of Lavender flowers in a thin fabric like a baby diaper, for example, tie it to make a sachet and hold the sachet in the shower using string. In this way, the water comes into contact with the plant and spreads the medicinal properties of Lavender throughout the body. In place of dried flowers, the plant’s essential oil can also be used, which can be previously added to chamomile or mint tea bags for example. 

In addition, to treat sleep and stress problems, bags of dry plant flowers can also be used, which must be placed under the pillow, so that they act throughout the night calming and relaxing.

3. Essential Oil Massage

Massage with lavender essential oil at the temples is especially indicated to calm headaches caused by stress and muscle tension. To do this massage, you should rub 4 to 5 drops of essential oil on your fingers and then massage your temples in a circular motion for a few minutes. If you feel that the headache is being caused by tension in the neck, after the temples you should massage the back of the neck in also circular movements. See how to do a relaxing massage using this essential oil in  How to Massage Relaxing with Essential Oils .

In addition, due to its calming properties, the essential oil can also be used to treat insect bites, for which it is recommended to pass 1 to 2 drops of oil on the bite. 

Possible side effects

The main side effect of Lavender is drowsiness, due to its relaxing and calming properties, but this only occurs when it is ingested in excess. 

Who should not take

Lavender is contraindicated for patients with gastric ulcers and during pregnancy, and it is also contraindicated for patients with allergy to essential oil

In addition, lavender also has properties that benefit the skin and face and can be used to provide natural hydration.

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