Sunday, July 29, 2012

Home Remedies using Lavender

Source: Lavender FarmTomita
Lavender flowers have been highly valued for its fragrance which is why it has been used in perfumes and oils since ancient times.

The Egyptians used lavender in their cosmetics and even in the products used to embalm the dead. Lavender oil was used as body oil by the Greeks. The Romans were famous for using this amazing flower as an insect repellant and in their baths. 

Apart from its pleasing scent and exquisite looking flowers, Lavender has healing properties which is said to help promote relaxation, sound sleep and bring relief to pain.

English Lavender, French Lavender, Spanish Lavender, Belgian Lavender and Dutch Lavender (Lavendin) are the popular varieties used. Each differs according to the shape of its leaves and how it’s used.

For example, English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has narrow leaves and is used in cosmetics, medicine and in cooking. 

The Spike Lavender (Lavandula spica, latifolia) on the other hand has larger leaves and contains three times more essential oil. It’s a popular type of lavender used in insect repellants, soaps, deodorants and even disinfectants.

How to Make a Lavender Mosquito Repellant

  • Lavender Oil
  • Cotton Balls

Dab a cotton ball with some Lavender oil. Apply it to the pulse points on your body. This is a popular remedy to protect oneself from mosquito bites.

How to Make a Lavender Sachet

Lavender is widely used to treat insomnia and fatigue. Some people make lavender sachets and keep it under their pillow to help them get a good night sleep.

You will need:
  • 2 6-inch square pieces of cotton or muslin fabric
  • ¼ cup dried lavender flowers
Join the two pieces of fabric together by sewing around its edges. Leave an opening to fill the sachet with the dried lavender flowers.

Once the sachet is filled with the lavender sew the opening. Your sachet is now ready to be used.

If you’re using fresh lavender flowers make sure to dry it in bunches first by hanging it upside down away from rain and direct sunlight. Fresh lavender flowers may take between 2 to 3 weeks to dry. 

How to Make Lavender Bath Salts

Lavender has healing properties which helps relieve stress and is also great for the skin. Bath salts made from Lavender are a favorite among many women.
  • ½ cup coarse sea salt
  • ½ cup Epsom salt
  • 1 cup dried lavender flowers
  • 1 glass jar with lid

Place the sea salt, Epsom salt and dried lavender flowers into the jar. Close the jar with the lid. Shake the jar a few times. Set aside.

Fill the tub with warm water. Add 2 tablespoons of the prepared bath salt into the water. Soak in it for 15 to 20 minutes.

© Suranee Perera 2012

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