Lavender (Lavandula Officinalis)
A native of Europe, the Lavender is well known for its nerve-calming and insect-repelling abilities. This is an herb approved by the German Commission E for the treatment of abdominal conditions (such as nervous intestinal discomfort, meteorism, insomnia, and mood swings). It is also approved to use this medicinal herb for functional circulatory purposes, pain, and anxiety.
Lavender is well known and recognized for its vulnerary, splenic, sedative, parturient, nervine, muscle relaxant, insect repellent, hypotensive, emmenagogue, diuretic, diaphoretic, cordial, cicatrisant, cholagogue, aromatic, antiviral, antirheumatic, antioxidant, antifungal, antidepressant and anti-cancer and analgesic properties.
Primarily used as a calming herb, it is most commonly found in traditional and alternative medicine systems as an ingredient for calming nerves, depression, anxiety, insomnia, nervous stomach, and overall restlessness.
Lavender is also effectively used to improve the circulation of blood and regulate blood pressure. It is recommended for pregnant women to take bath and smell as much as possible lavender as it helps with mood swings, and sleep and prevents depression. It makes an excellent sleep pillow as well.
The herb is also used for minor bruises, burns, steam burns, and sunburns. It is a most potent treatment for acne; it also relieves itchiness caused by insect bites, rashes, and allergies.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!