May 15, 2011

Lavender - Uses And Benefits

Lavender has been used since the old ages, for its excellent tasty and refreshing aroma. The plants of the lavender genus are including to the family of mint. The lavender plant comes from the Mediterranean region, some of tropical Africa and southeast regions of India. In this time, however, it can be discovered in the southern Europe, United States and Australia.

People in those countries use lavender for both culinary and medicinal uses. The plant or its flowers can be used in some various forms. Lavender preparations are commonly existing in the form of tincture, dried flowers, infusion, teas and lavender essential oil.  The following are lavender uses and benefits :
  • Lavender flowers can be used for cooking, especially, the pulverized lavender is excellent addition to desserts, jams, jellies, ice cream and cookies.
  • Lavender flowers can also be added to salads, and can be used to make lavender sugar and the well-known lavender syrup. 
  • The dried buds of the plant are more commonly used for culinary purpose.
  • The lavender oil  is widely used for manufacturing perfumes, cosmetics, balms and salves, for its sweet and fresh fragrance.
  • Lavender oil contains antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties
  • The tea prepared with lavender flower can be used to calm the nerves
  • Lavender oil is widely used to treat insomnia and the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  • Lavender can slow down the activity of the nervous system.
  • When applied topically on the temples, lavender oil can treat headache and migraine and induce better sleep.
  • Lavender oil can be effective for muscle aches, and pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Tea infused with dried lavender flowers can be used as a hair rinse, to get rid of dandruff. 
  • The essential oil is regarded as a natural remedy for hair loss or alopecia.
  • Lavender essential oil is used as a natural remedy for respiratory problems.
  • It can treat sinus infection, ear infection and throat infection 
  • Lavender oil can soothe the digestive system..
  • Dried flowers are used to give the fresh smell of lavender.
  • Flower spikes of lavender plants become a favorite for dried flower arrangement.
Hopefully, these brief information about lavender uses and benefits are useful for you..

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