Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)

Flowering plant native to the western Mediterranean, primarily the Pyrennees and other mountains in northern Spain.

The flowers and leaves of lavender are used as an herbal medicine, either in the form of lavender oil or as an herbal tea. The flowers are also used as a culinary herb, most often as part of the French herb blend called herbes de Provence. 

Lavender essential oil, when diluted with a carrier oil, is commonly used as a relaxant with massage therapy. Products for home use, such as lotions, eye pillows and bath oils are also used. Both the petals and the oil are most popular ingredients in handmade soap.

Dried lavender flowers and lavender essential oil are also used as a prevention against clothing moths, which do not like their scent.


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