– Lavandula (common name lavender) is a genus of 39 known species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae.
– Lavandula angustifolia, is often referred to as lavender, and there is a color named for the shade of the flowers of this species.
– The common narrow-leaved variety, with a short, but irregular, crooked, much-branched stem, covered with a yellowish-grey bark, which comes off in flakes
– straight, broom-like, slender, bluntly-quadrangular branches, finely pubescent, with stellate hairs.
– The leaves are opposite, sessile, entire, linear, blunt; when young, white with dense stellate hairs on both surfaces
– The flowers are clustered together on the ends of the spikes attracting bees and butterflies to the garden.
– Most types of flowers are purple, but some varieties are in pink or white.
– Lavender flower is calming and relaxing both physically and emotionally
– Useful for easing tension headaches, and other physical aches and pains.
– Ease digestive upsets and gas which often accompany stress.
– Ease depression
– Source of the healing benefits include: flavonoids, coumarins, triterpenes and of course volatile oils for which lavender is well known for.
– Encouraging deep restful sleep and stress relief.
– Soothes the respiratory system, making breathing for stress relief easier.
– The herb is highly regarded for skin and beauty and is commonly used in fragrances and shampoos to help wash and purify the skin.
– Have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can be used to help heal minor burns and bug bites.
– Help digestive issues such as vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas, upset stomach, and abdominal swelling.
– Essential oil of lavender may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness.
– Many massage and beauty products use lavender for its scent and its supposed ability to promote relaxation and stress relief.