Lavender

Lavender is one of the most popular kinds of herbs, from pillows, to tea, to decorations, lavender appears all over the world.  Lavender oil is used all over the world for not only cosmetics, but also for the health benefits.  The oil was used during World War I in hospitals around the world and in modern day, people use lavender honey (created when bees feed from lavender flowers) to help treat wounds.  Since the flowers produce a lot of nectar, bees have a very easy time making honey from it.  Produced mostly in the Mediterranean, it’s marketed as a high end product.  The flowers are also used in various dishes and the flavoring is used to make desserts (especially chocolates) and other baked goods and sugar.  The flowers are usually the only part used in cooking, as the leaves do not hold the oil that creates the signature lavender smell and taste.

I touched briefly on the health benefits of lavender in my previous post, but I didn’t do it justice.  The name lavender comes from the Latin lavare, or “to wash”, and since ancient times, it’s been used in that regard for years.  The oil is also used for anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which help with not only burns but also with bug bites (thank goodness).  It also helps remove pain, whether that’s a headache, toothache, sore, or sprain.  Not only is it used in hair care products around the world, but it’s also used to prevent hair loss.  Some studies have also shown that lavender is good for stomach issues such as nausea, vomiting, and abdominal swelling.  Mentally, lavender helps with insomnia, depression, anxiety, and restlessness.  

Like most herbs, lavender has different associations in the metaphysical and witchcraft communities.  As a relaxant, it’s used to promote sleep and dreams, especially prophetic or divination dreams.  It also helps promotes peace and protection, and is often used in healing satchels and spells.  Lavender also is considered a powerful component in love spells and potions.  Carrying the flowers around is said to bring love into your life, though as they also represent purification, they can also promote chastity.  Use the flowers or oil in pillows or bath spells in order to help promote self love and relaxation.
~Elyce

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