Botanical name : Lavandula officinalis, L. angustifolia
Description : A perennial shrub growing to 3 ft. with spikes of violet blue flowers extending above the foliage.
Distilled from : flowers
Origin : Native to France and the western Mediterranean, now cultivated worldwide.
Safety Data : non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing, can be used undiluted on skin, can be used safely on children, even infants.
Lavender known as “first aid in a bottle” is an invaluable first aid remedy. It is antiseptic, helps to heal burns, wounds, and sores. It relieves pain and inflammation from insect bites and stings.
Analgesic, antiseptic, antibacterial, relieves muscle spasms, antidepressant, stimulates blood flow, sedative, anti-inflammatory.
Traditionally used for:
Skin care – sunburn, burns (all types including kitchen & radiation) insect bites, spider bites, head lice, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, insect repellent, psoriasis, scabies, inflammations, ringworm, dandruff, abscesses.
*Some sources say it can help treat the bites of black widow and funnel web spiders; also some snakes such as vipers and adders…at least to help you on your way to the hospital!
Muscular system – muscle aches and spasms, sprains, muscle and joint stiffness.
~Adding a few drops to a bath relieves muscle tension, toning the nervous system and promoting a restful sleep.
Nervous system – depression, headaches, migraines, insomnia, nervous tension and stress-related conditions, anxiety, fatigue, hypertension.
~ Headaches can be relieved by massaging a few drops into the temples.