LAVENDER The name lavender is derived from the Latin lavare, meaning "to wash”. The sweet and uplifting aromas of lavender make it popular and widely used by many. Originating from the Mediterranean region, lavender has been for about 2,500 years by both the Egyptians and Romans for mummification. Lavender was integrated into bathing and relaxation routines, used as a perfume, for cooking and even mixed into mixtures to be smoked. Lavender is known for warding off insects and disease hence, it was used during the plague as a means of protection. Lavender also helps bring a sense of balance and calm to the body, mind and spirit. It is good for nausea, aids in restful sleep, helps in reducing stress, soothes the skin especially when applied burns and wounds, helps to reduce muscle tension and reduces general tension from stress.
Lavender is also an anti depressant, anti fugal, anti histamine, anti septic, anti inflammatory and can be used as an insect repellent. It is also a sedative as well as a regenerative, helps with acne, dandruff, cramps, is an adaptogenic, aids in respiratory function, can be applied to heal mouth sores (cold sores and canker sores) and skin conditions. When applied to the outside of the ear, it helps with ear aches. Lavender aids in bringing emotional balance, helps promote and awakens consciousness, generates feelings of love, promotes a general sense of wellbeing and inspires creativity.