Scientific Name: Lavandula angustifolia
A calming color. A soothing scent. Lavender instantly brings to mind a relaxing oasis all your own. But, did you know that it also has a sweet, floral flavor, which can add a variety of health benefits to your meal? It’s believed that Lavender can help treat migraines, ward off depressive headaches, calm anxiety, settle the nerves and also prevent restlessness. So, it’s no wonder many around the world tend to indulge in these fragrant blossoms after a long day at the office or before a big event.
You can simmer it into delicious and calming teas; add a pinch to a tincture; or toss in a handful to add a new depth of flavor to any number of desserts. Lavender can be enjoyed in any number of ways, but no matter how you take it, you’re sure to feel a little more relaxed as you enjoy.
Rich in antioxidants and essential oils, Lavender is capable of shielding the body from damage caused by free radicals and other harmful foreign bodies. It also aids in the production of the body’s own antioxidants—catalase, superoxide dismutase, and glutathione. Together, these properties alleviate further damage to our cells and protect us from a compromised immune system.
Lavender is not only capable of regulating mood and anxiety, it can also treat certain cognitive conditions such as insomnia and depression. By helping to calm nervous thoughts and stabilize electronic impulses to the brain, this powerful herb alleviates conditions of unnecessary stress and worry through a sedative-like effect.
As an antimicrobial and antioxidant, Lavender helps stave off certain skin conditions such as dry skin, while also providing relief and heightened healing times for cuts, scrapes, and other wounds. These very same properties can also help combat age-related conditions like wrinkles, age spots, sagging skin, and rough complexion. When used in a bath wash or cream, it can even assist the skin in maintaining proper levels of moisture and offer a suppler appearance.
While many know Lavender for its calming effects, it also holds a number of other beneficial properties for the mind and body. When used as a shampoo, it can prevent dandruff from forming on the scalp. It can protect against the overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the stomach, which often leads to bloating or other gastrointestinal issues. It can ease symptoms of headaches and migraines. And it even makes an excellent bug repellent, when applied to exposed skin.
The recommended dosage of Lavender is 1 teaspoon per cup of water.
- We highly suggest brewing it into a tea or infusing it with olive or almond oil to add deep floral notes to a sautéed dish.
- Of course, it can also be infused into bath salts, oils, and other applications for external use.
Believed to originate from regions of the Middle East and Europe, Lavender’s history begins some 2,500 years ago. A relative of the mint plant, it’s long been treasured for its intoxicatingly sweet scent and bright purple buds. Derived from the Latin term, lavare, which means to wash, it was a prized commodity amongst the Romans who used it to scent baths, clothes, and much, much more. It’s also blended with oils and elixirs and is believed to help soothe headaches and other cranial ailments. In the kitchen, it’s one of the most commonly used garnishes and a main ingredient of Herbs de Province. Today, Lavender is cultivated across the globe and can be found in everything from soaps and baked goods to candies, cakes, and candles.
If stored correctly, our Lavender has a shelf life of up to 2 years. To maintain its freshness, it is recommended to always reseal the bag after opening it and removing as much air from the bag as possible. Store in room temperature, away from any heat source or sunlight.