The lavender tea benefits are many and thanks to its pleasant smell, its special properties, and its aspect, lavender has an abundant variety of uses so if you really love lavender you can enrich every corner of your life for it is used as medicine, cosmetics, gastronomy, decorations and more!
Let’s talk about Lavender from the beginning.
Today, its kind „Lavandula” has over 30 different species, and each one has it’s own variety. Its name, Lavender (Lavandula) was given to this plant by antic Romans and it derives, most probably, from the Latin word „lavare” which means „to wash”. It’s possible also that it comes from the word „livendulo” that means „bluish”.
Humans knew about lavender for over 2000 years, and it has an interesting story. Lavender is associated with devotion, luck, success, happiness. Old Egyptians used it as a decorative plant and/or rub it on their skin to smell good. They also used it in the process of mummification, in some pyramids there where found decorative urns in which there where lavender leftovers.
Greeks followed Egyptians, learning from them many things about the different perfumes of the lavender flower and how to use spices in general. In their turn Romans have learned from Greeks the passion for lavender. They used it in their public baths, they scented the water and air with it but also their homes. They also used it on their bodies and sometimes in the kitchen.
From what it is known, Romans where the first to have medical uses for it. It looks like in some cases where it is talked about „nard” it is actually referring to lavender. Some are saying that Mary, the mother of Jesus used lavender when she bathed baby Jesus also when she anointed him after the crucifixion, making him ready for the burial.
In the Renaissance, Europeans used lavender for protection against infections, especially when the plague also called „Black Death” was present. People noticed that it reduced the mortality rate. As a fact, now we know that lavender has repelling properties for insects and some rodents, keeping them at bay also kept away the plague because they were the biggest cause of spreading it.
The Royal house of England, especially Queen Victoria appreciated very much this plant. She designated an official distiller, Miss Sarah Sprules „The Queen’s Distiller”. It was used by all the Royal castle, everywhere it could be used, for washing the floors and furniture to the scenting of bed sheets.
The Queen asked that every day she was to receive fresh lavender flowers. The flowers were spread through all the spaces between the stepping rocks so that when you would step on them lavender perfume would be spread refreshing the area.
The Queen’s intense interest for lavender made many ladies want to do the same. In that period, street vendors sold big quantities of lavender flowers, gathered from all places including hills.
Lavender had even its own songs. Many where published, „The Cries of London” is where some of them where published, some songs became very popular, „Lavender Blue” is one for example. Women made their well-known tussie-mussie, a floral arrangement that was intended as a gift.
High demand, especially from the Royal house, made it so that the beginning of cultivation in big quantities for some strains called Lavandula officinalis and Lavandula angustifolia started to emerge in England. In short time almost every family cultivated lavender in their yard or in their garden alongside other aromatic plants.
The medicinal qualities of lavender were found by accident by one of the Rene Maurice Gatefosse founders (aromatherapy). He hurt his hand, in the laboratory, traditional medicine wasn’t efficient in his case but he managed to cure himself with lavender oil. Notes where found that pointed out that in the first World War lavender was utilized as an antiseptic on the wounds of soldiers.
Today it was proved that it has a strong antibacterial effect. From a botanical point of view lavender from the family of mint, from the same family, Lamiaceae. There are many cultivated varieties, that sum up to over 40 species of this kind. The most cultivated though is Lavandula angustifolia. Its flowers are blue or violet, most of the times, but there are also pink varieties or even yellow. Interesting is that lavender doesn’t make seeds, but reproduces itself by the division of the roots. It’s very resistant to cold.
Its cultivation started back in the Middle Ages, and today it is cultivated everywhere, from Australia to Europe and from Asia to North America. France’s Provence Region is famous for its lavender fields which also became its symbol. Provence is the biggest lavender producer in the World being followed by Canada, USA, Australia, Japan, Bulgari, Germani, Rusia, and Spain.
Thanks to increasing interest for natural products and medicinal remedies, plants revered by our ancestors rebecame popular in our times. People are curious to find out what each end every plant cand cure different illnesses. Most of the medicines that you find on the counter are made with these plants.
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Lavender is remarkable for the fact that it can eliminate nervous tension, calm pain and eliminate skin infections, cure some respiratory afflictions and improve blood circulation. Polyphenols that are found in lavender can help reduce bad bacteria found in the stomach. A good combination, for example, is Greek yogurt with some sprinkled lavender that’s used in cooking.
Lavender can help induce sleepiness. Studies have shown that it’s smell reduce vascular tension and by doing so relax us. Put somewhere near you in a bowl some lavender or use some lavender oil and the effect will come soon. It is important to note that you must avoid coffee for 10 hours before doing so. Close any electrical device or distraction, use your preferred lavender type and make it you’re every night ritual. As a natural anti-inflammatory lavender gets rid of inches, swelling and red spots caused by mosquitos.
Even in cosmetics, lavender has many uses for its strong nice smell. For this reason, it was used for centuries and it is, probably, the most known aromatic plant on the skin care market. For example, it improves the scalp and reduces dandruff.
Essential lavender oil is mixed with olive oil and almonds, it is heated a bit and then a massage at the roots of the hair is applied, and waited for an hour. Lavender is found in the composition of many lotions, soaps, washing gels, massage oils, skin creams, perfumes and so on.
The phytonutrients that lavender contain can be easily added to our diet thanks to its easy access. You can basically find it in any supermarket. It goes well with steaks, chicken, vegetables, mashed potatoes and others.
Aside from its use in the cosmetic industry, medicine, aromatherapy and the kitchen we find that lavender is also an insect repellant in the summer. Of course, lavender is also an attractive plant that’s great for decorative purposes, in the garden or in a pot and from its flower nectar bees make some delicious honey.
Lavender Tea Benefits And Uses
- Ameliorates headaches – apply some oil on your fingers and massage your head until you feel that the ache visible decreased.
- Calms abdominal pain – German medics recommend, often, lavender tea to improve your digestive system. Oils relax the muscles, eliminating cramps that appear after eating.
- Cures infection – substances contained by lavender destroy bacteria and prevents the infection of wounds and scratches. Lavender heals the tissue, promoting the growth of a new cell.
- Calms ear pains – The same components that help heal wounds can free you from any ear pain.
- It’s ideal for anyone who has trouble sleeping, not having a restful sleep or wake up often during the night. It prolongs the quality of sleep.
- In the case of acne, dry or fat skin, lavender comes to your aid. Apply a towel soaked with lavender tea on the zone you want to treat and you’ll start to see immediate results.
- Perfect in the reduction of dandruff – apply 15 drops of lavender extract with two spoons of olive oil, heat it for a few seconds and apply it to your wet hair, easily massaging your head. Wear a shower mask and let the treatment do it’s magic for an hour before washing your head. For a long-lasting effect do this every day for one week.
- It relieves muscular pain – it doesn’t matter the cause, lavender essence, utilized correctly can eliminate muscular pain. Fill the tub with hot water, pour a few drops and relax for at least 15 minutes. For increased chances of success massage those zones with olive oil and add some lavender drops.
- Lavender seems to make continuous progress in the medicinal field recent studies have shown that it has the ability to stop Moi cancerous cells like those from the liver, breasts or prostate!
Lavender tea benefits are many and also it isn’t used just in the cosmetic industry or medicine but also in the kitchen. There are many recipes that include this miraculous plant as a decorative garniture, as a salad ingredient and even ice cream. Keep in mind, because it’s perfumed is strong use with caution and avoid adding too much.