Lavender - The Calming Herb

Lavender - The Calming Herb

By Shannon, Posted in Wellness

Lavender may be the herb that everyone world-wide has heard about.  It is not clear at what point in the history of lavender that people discovered its healing power.  Its rich history reaches back to the early days of civilization, some 2500 years ago.  Lavender’s native habitat is the area around the Mediterranean Sea which has dry, chalk, rocky ground, and it thrives without much rain.  It has been grown in the gardens of monks to the humble Pleasant for its beauty, scent, and healing abilities.

It is recorded that the ancient Egyptians used Lavender in their embalming process.  The term “lavender” is probably derived from the Latin word “lavere” meaning “to wash”.  Ancient Romans were known to have added lavender to the water in their famous public baths to scent their baths, beds, clothes and even hair. Women throughout the ages would spread their freshly washed clothes on the lavender bushes, allowing them to absorb that wonderful smell as they dried.  It is one of the ingredients of the famous Four Thieves Vinegar that was used by thieves to cleanse themselves while looting the villagers in the Middle Ages.  And the list goes on and on.

The ancients must have discovered the therapeutic benefits.  Today, Lavender is still used to help people in need.  Perhaps the most popular, it helps to relieve stress and insomnia. Stress seems to be a problem for most people these days.  Just the smell of Lavender calms anxiety and relieves stress.  Adding Lavender to your daily routine is a great way to relax.  Using Lavender at the end of the day is the best time because Lavender is very calming, and just what you need after a stressful day. 

There are many ways to use Lavender to achieve your goal.  Add our Lavender Green Tea Foot Bath to your bath water or foot bath for fast relief.  Lavender is a muscle relaxant which helps put you at a more peaceful state of mind and body.  Even the scent of Lavender helps you to relax. 

Using our Lavender Room Spray throughout your home will make your rooms peaceful and calm.  You can also spray it on your bed linen which will invite you to a restful deep sleep.

Insomnia, another problem that people seem to be experiencing, is often caused by stress.  Going without the proper amount of sleep adds even more anxiety to your already stressed body and mind.  Lavender helps you get a better night’s sleep.  Another way to use Lavender for insomnia is with our Sleepy Time Salve infused with beneficial, homegrown Lavender.  You can rub Lavender salve behind your ears, lips, at pulse points, and on your feet for noticeable relief.

Lavender can also be used for burns.  Lavender exhibits antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial activity.  Burns are often accompanied by inflammation and infectious bacteria; therefore, Lavender is a wonderful herb for cleansing and healing while relieving pain.