A few sunny days, daffodils showing their heads, birds chirping in the trees, more daylight hours, all signs of spring in the air, a time to be uplifted in spirit.
Many people will either like or dislike the smell of lavender even though looking at the rows upon rows of the flower in bloom, seems to bring us in touch with nature and be pleasing in some way.
This week I would like to talk a little about the therapeutic qualities of lavender and offer 5 lucky people the chance to receive a complimentary 10ml bottle of French Lavender.
Lavender could possibly be the most commonly known of all the essential oils used in aromatherapy. The word lavender stems from a Latin word namely Lavere, meaning to wash. Used in Roman times, was favourite oil used during bathing. There are many varieties mostly from European countries, but the French Lavender seems to be the most valued in quality.
In France alone about 150,000kgs of oil is produced each year in the region of Midi. England has a small production compared to this and grows in Norfolk and some parts of Surrey.
You will recognise the lavender plant by the little purple flowers bunched at the top of the long stem, a favourite for gardeners and as a pot plant.
Lavender Health Benefits
Its uses in health vary from:
- Burns and insects bites
- Headaches, sedative
- Skin conditions
- Aching muscles
- Menstrual cramps
It is widely used in cosmetics, perfumes and skin lotions as a fixative or stabiliser and indeed here at Moss Grove Natural Products we use French Lavender in some of the products which we produce.
Used at home, lavender can bring a sense of relaxation when added to a warm bath or diffused in an oil burner.
It is a great standby in the first aid box for burns, where if applied early can almost eradicate scarring. It has a comforting action and can be used when feeling tense or stressed.
After a hard day at work or in the garden, a lavender bath can ease sore muscles. Another common use is to apply one drop on the edge of the pillow to aid sleep.
This simple flower may be sometimes underestimated for its quality and uses.