Lavender for health

     Lavender is indigenous to the Mediterranean area and is a perennial herb plant, with a heavenly fragrance, that grows best in climates that don’t have a lot of high heat or humidity.  If planted under the right conditions, it is a relatively easy plant to grow.  It prefers a well-drained soil that is some what sandy, not rich in humus, and slightly alkaline. It loves full sun and rarely needs to be fertilized. Lavender grows best in climates that don’t have a lot of high heat or humidity. It prefers a well-drained soil that is some what sandy, not rich in humus, and slightly alkaline.  It  loves light and is resistant to drought. Lavender is a mountain varieties, a little pretentious. There are hundreds of different varieties of lavender; each one with its own special quality such as plant or flower size, flower or leaf color, fragrance or hardiness.  Lavender is best known and loved for its fragrance. The herb has been used since ancient times in perfumery. As an aromatic plant, lavender lifts the spirits and chases melancholy. Traditionally, women in labor clutched sprigs of lavender to bring added courage and strength to the task of childbearing. A decoction of the flower may be used as a feminine douche for leucorrhoea. The dried blossoms, sewn into sachets, may be used to repel moths and to scent clothing. Because of its fumigant properties, the herb was hung in the home to repel flies and mosquitoes, and strewn about to sanitize the floors   Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through  steam distillation. The flowers of lavender are fragrant in nature and have been used for making potpourri for centuries. Traditionally, lavender essential oil has also been used in making perfumes. The oil is very useful in aromatherapy and many aromatic preparations and combinations are made using lavender oil.  Today, lavender essential oil is frequently used in various forms including aromatherapy oil, gels, infusion, lotion, and soap. Lavender has been used medicinally for centuries and is reputed to have relaxing and healing properties.  It can help relieve headache, migraines and insomnia.  A number of studies have reported that lavender essential oil may be beneficial in a variety of conditions, including insomnia, alopecia (hair loss), anxiety, stress, and postoperative pain. However, most of these studies have been small. Lavender is also being studied for antibacterial and antiviral properties. Lavender oil is often used in other forms of integrative medicine, such as massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic manipulation. In folklore, pillows were filled with lavender flowers to help restless people fall sleep. Scientific evidence suggests that aromatherapy with lavender may slow the activity of the nervous system, improve sleep quality, promote relaxation, and lift mood in people suffering from sleep disorders. Studies also suggest that massage with essential oils, particularly lavender, may result in improved sleep quality, more stable mood, better concentration, and reduced anxiety. In one study, people who received massage with lavender felt less anxious and more positive than those who received massage alone. Several small studies suggest that lavender aromatherapy may help reduce agitation in people with dementia. Lavender flowers have also been approved in Germany as a tea for insomnia, restlessness, and nervous stomach  irritations.

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