The popular and worldwide spread plant we commonly know as lavender, originates from the most ancient times. There is proof that it has been used even since Antiquity, when people knew it as a wild plant. However, the Middle Ages is when lavender started to be cultivated. Lavender requires minimum care but it needs a lot of sun and well-drained, sandy or gravelly soils. This is why it can be found in abundance in the southern regions of Europe and especially in the Provence region, in France.
The plant, scientifically known as Lavandula is used for medical, ornamental, culinary, beauty, therapeutic and commercial purposes. Despite the fact that there are more types of lavender, some of the most common ramifications are Lavandula Angustifolia (commonly known as Fine Lavender), Lavandula Latifolia (commonly known as Aspic Lavender) and Lavandula Hybrida (commonly known as Lavandin), which was obtained through mixing the first two. Lavandula Hybrida, , is more resistant to diseases, it is slightly bigger and it produces a lot more oil than its “parents”. Lavender and Lavandin can be found in (but are not limited to) the following forms: essential oils, bath gels, lotions, soaps, tinctures, teas and simply as dried flowers. Both, Fine Lavender, Aspic Lavender and Lavandin have many uses, so let’s have a look at some of them.
Benefits of Fine Lavender:
- Helps fight dandruff – mix 15 drops of lavender oil with olive or almond oil, heat the mixture until it is warm and apply it on wet hair by massaging the scalp with it. Rinse it after an hour and repeat the treatment once or twice a week.
- Makes a meal tastier and healthier – culinary herbs containing lavender can be found in supermarkets and you can use them for cooking meat as well as for vegetables.
- Fights headaches – when you have a headache or migraine, massage the side of your head for a few minutes with two or three drops of fine lavender essential oil.
- Its smell makes you relax
- Helps you fall asleep faster, so you can use it to fight insomnia by putting a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow.
Benefits of Aspic Lavender:
- Can heal insect bites and minor injuries- lavender’s antioxidant properties can prevent infections and it calms itchy skin.
- Can help with healing joint and muscle pain and with eliminating the pain caused by rheumatism, osteoarthritis, minor burns and sunburns, by massaging the affected area with a mixture of vegetable oil and a few drops of essential aspic lavender oil.
Benefits of Lavandin:
- Can cure colds and bronchitis through chest friction with lavandin oil.
- Helps you have a relaxing bath or sauna.
- It is a good home cleaner.
- Kills head lice and fleas.
Lavender or Lavandin use is not recommended in large quantities and it is not recommended at all for pregnant women and young children. Don’t use lavender for medicinal purposes without taking advice from your doctor first and if you think you might have any allergies, speak to your doctor before using lavender products.