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Therapeutic Uses, Benefits and Claims of Lavender
Lavender is perhaps best known for its calming and soothing effects.

There is evidence that it may slow the activity of the nervous system and therefore promote relaxation, improve sleep quality and bring about emotional balance.

For this reason, it is often used in combination with other herbal remedies as it treats physical symptoms with a nervous element, such as tension induced headaches, heart palpitations, or stress related digestive issues.

Lavender’s calming effect on the nervous system has also made it a valuable herbal remedy for the treatment of insomnia.

Traditionally, lavender flowers were stuffed into pillows to help restless people sleep and today it is a common ingredient in baby bath soaps to promote restful sleep.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
The Herb Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
This medicinal herb is used topically to treat fungal infections, wounds, eczema, varicose ulcers, sunburned skin and acne.

Lavender is thought to be a useful herbal remedy for many symptoms associated with menstruation and other female related ailments.

Its anti-spasmodic effect may relieve menstrual cramps and it could be useful in relieving headaches and exhaustion as well as improving mood.

It is also thought to stimulate blood flow to the pelvic area and uterus and therefore stimulate menstruation.

Recent studies have indicated that the herb used as aromatherapy could be helpful as herbal remedy for dementia.

The herb is currently being investigated for its antiviral and antibacterial properties. It contains volatile oils known to have significant antiseptic value.

Evidence suggests that lavender is an effective natural treatment for pathogenic bacteria such as the strains responsible for diphtheria and typhoid, as well as streptococcus and pneumococcus.

Magical Properties:
Magickal uses include love, protection, healing, sleep, purification, and peace. Promotes healing from depression. Great in sleep pillows and bath spells. Believed to preserve chastity when mixed with rosemary. Burn the flowers to induce sleep and rest, then scatter the ashes around the home to bring peace and harmony. Use in love spells and sachets, especially those to attract men.

Also Called: Spike, Nardus, Elf Leaf, Nard