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. During the Great Plague of 1665, grave robbers would wash their hands in a concoction called Four Thieves Vinegar, which contained lavender, wormwood, rue, sage, mint, rosemary, and vinegar; they rarely became infected.
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.
Lavender is one of the most recognized scents in the world.
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 recipes.
Both the Greeks and the Romans used it for bathing, cooking, and as an ingredient in perfume. Also used as an after-bath perfume, the Romans gave the herb its name, from the Latin lavare, meaning “to wash”.
Lavender may be used to give a delightful, floral flavour to desserts, meats, and breads. The flowers can also be layered within sugar to infuse it with its distinctive aroma for use in cookies and candies.
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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