Lavender has been known for a long time as being particularly beneficial to disorders involving the nervous system.
Lavender is an aromatic, shrubby, multi-branched herbal plant with a stem reaching a height of about 6 to 24 inches. Purple-colored flowers typically grow on the woody stems, although there are varieties that have pink and white flowers. Lavender bears very narrow, gray green leaves.
Lavender has been valued as a scented herb throughout the centuries. The fragrance of lavender is known to relax and soothe the mind and the body. Many perfumeries include the essential oil of lavender in formulating their products.
The lavender plant is native to North and East Africa, the Mediterranean, Southern Europe, India and Arabia, but is also now cultivated and grown in such places as the United States and Japan. Lavender grows best at sites that are dry, and are exposed to good sunlight.
The beneficial constituents of lavender include flavonoids, tannins, courmarines, and essential oil containing camphor, geraniol and linalool.
To make lavender tea, simply infuse a handful of dried lavender blossoms in a pot of boiling water. Let the tea steep for about 7 to 10 minutes. Then strain and enjoy.
The following are some health benefits attributed to this herbal tea:
- May help ease insomnia.
- May help calm nervousness and anxiety. It may also be used to alleviate stress and uplift flagging spirits.
- May help treat an upset stomach, as well as flatulence and colic. It may also be used to treat stomach and bowel infections.
- May help alleviate depressive and migraine headaches.
- When applied topically this tea may help alleviate colds, cough, asthma, bronchitis and similar problems in the respiratory system.
- May help induce sweating and consequently reduce the body temperature during fever.
- When applied topically this tea may help heal cuts, wounds, ulcers and sores.
- Also useful as a mouthwash to combat halitosis.