Lavender flower is extracted from lavender angustifolia (lavender) – a small shrub coming from the Mediterranean. Lavender is grown in many parts of the world because of the medicinal properties and a lovely smell. Fresh and dried lavender flowers are used in herbal medicine, cosmetics and in cooking as an aromatic spice.
Lavender is a shrub growing up to 90 centimeters in height, stems and leaves covered with a silvery hairs, distinctive purple flowers appear in July and August.
The raw material is lavender flowers, which are widely used in herbal medicine. Its properties, lavender is due mainly essential oils, except essential lavender flower contains tannins, filosterole, anthocyanins and minerals. Lavender affects the nervous system – soothes, relieves the effects of stress and nervous tension and helps fall asleep. In the case of fatigue, stimulates brain activity, reduce fatigue and weariness. An infusion of lavender flowers has a beneficial effect on the functioning of the digestive system – aids digestion, relieves flatulence, they are also used in the treatment of constipation and indigestion.
Lavender has antibacterial and antiseptic properties , and therefore perfectly suited for the treatment of various infections – bronchitis, throat and sinuses. In the treatment of infection can be used infusion, inhalations and tincture, lavender also affects beneficial for the immune system, so it can be used prophylactically in the period increased incidence of colds and flu.
For therapeutic purposes, it is often used as lavender oil, which can be used in many ways – for inhalation, aromatherapy or the skin. Oil applied to the skin, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, ideally suited for the treatment of acne, and inflammation of the skin, also demonstrated the efficacy of lavender oil in the treatment of stretch marks and cellulite prevention.
Lavender flowers are recommended for the treatment of the following symptoms:
- Inflammation of the skin
|Common lavender||Lavandula angustifolia|
|other names||True Lavender, narrow-leaved lavender|
|purpose||insomnia, headaches, cough, catarrh, premenstrual tension, cold, anxiety, stress, calm, bloating|
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