Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
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ALSO KNOWN AS: Grandmother, English lavender
PLANT FAMILY: Lamiaceae
PART(S) USED: Flowers
OVERVIEW: The Lavender flower is a favourite for its sweet, relaxing, floral aroma, and the flowers and leaves have a long history of use in traditional western herbalism. The use of Lavender goes back thousands of years, with the first recorded uses by the Egyptians during the mummification process. As a spice, lavender is best known as an important aspect of French cuisine and is an integral ingredient in herbs de Provence seasoning blends.
TRADITIONAL USES: Traditionally, Lavender has been used for teas, tinctures, and added to baked goods. Cosmetically it has a multitude of uses and can be included in ointments for its beneficial properties.
It is often mixed with Sage and burned in smudging for its pleasing aroma and comforting energy. Dried lavender flowers can be added to potpourri blends, used as a cooking or baking spice, and incorporated into body-care and cosmetic recipes
STORAGE: Keep dry. Store in an airtight container in a dry cupboard away from light.
PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS:
- Use at your own risk.
- When taken orally, lavender can cause constipation, headache, and increased appetite. When applied to the skin, lavender may cause irritation.
- Always consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have an existing medical condition, have allergies, or are on any medications.
WARNING: This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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