Lavender is the one of the most widely used , versatile herbs known today. It is considered a member of the labiatae family, which also includes mints. Lavender plant latin name is lavandula anguvstifolia and is native to the Mediterranean (Italy, France, Spain, Croatia etc.). The species name angustifolia is Latin for “narrow leaf”. Previously, it was known as Lavandula officinalis, referring to its medicinal properties. It is a strongly aromatic shrub growing as high as 1 to 2 metres. Lavender is commonly grown as an ornamental plant. It is popular for its colourful flowers, its fragrance, and its ability to survive with low water consumption. Let’s explore why lavender plant has been used for centuries and why even nowadays it is an irreplaceable plant in various parts of our life.
Lavender flowers have long since been used to treat digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety, and restlessness. Until World War I, lavender was used to treat and disinfect wounds. Research suggests that it may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness.
Lavender is commonly used even for skin problems and women’s health problems. In addition to this, lavender can be used to treat heat exposure, fevers, aches and pains, over-exertion, jet lag, rashes, sprains, sunburn, sunstroke, bruises and burns. It can also be used as a disinfectant and insect repellent. Lavender is an antiseptic, natural antibiotic, sedative, detoxifier. Some studies suggest that consuming lavender as a tea can help digestive issues such as vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas, upset stomach, and abdominal swelling.
In addition to helping with digestive problems, lavender is used to help relieve pain from headaches, sprains, toothaches, and sores.