The lavender plant, native to the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean, is a beautiful shrub with violet flowers and a delightful aroma. As a tradition that started many centuries ago, lavender was used as a main ingredient in teas, and the practice continues to this day. To make your own cup of lavender tea, just pour boiling water in a mug over your tea, steep for 3-5 minutes, and enjoy! If you like using loose leaf teas and herbs to create your own blends, try mixing lavender with other similar elements. Snow Lion, for example, makes a delicious relaxation tea that uses lavender as a primary ingredient as well as other herbs such as chamomile, lemon balm, and hibiscus.
In modern society, lavender is used for its fragrance in everything from potpourri to candles to soaps. Traditionally, however, lavender was used for its many medicinal qualities which include, but are not limited to, the following:
The soothing scent of lavender has been used for centuries to promote natural relaxation and remains as its most popular use to this day. Studies have linked it to the reduction of stress, depression, and insomnia.
Another common use for lavender is for the relief of various digestive problems. It has been reported that lavender aids upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and intestinal gas.
Lavender is said to relieve pain associated with migraine headaches, toothaches, and nerve and joint pain.
Though it can take a few months to achieve an effect, lavender can be applied to the skin to help with acne or hair loss. Also, it is used as a natural mosquito repellant and is preferred over the more toxic options available on the market.
Used as an aphrodisiac for both men and women, the aroma of this herb is said to be stimulating because of its power to both relax and increase blood flow. Many people choose to incorporate lavender in their bedrooms with essential oils, candles, or incense.