Lavender: Properties and Benefits

Lavender, Lavandula officinalis scientific name, is an evergreen plant belonging to the Labiatae family; lavender grows all over Italy both in the plains and in the mountains to a height of 1,000 meters.
Lavender is a spontaneous plant which, thanks to its properties, is also widely cultivated for the extraction of its essences that are employed in the cosmetics industry, particularly for perfumes.

Lavender flowers can be used in various ways, from fresh to dried for the preparation of infusions or for the fragrance environments. The flowers are harvested in the summer just after opening, to dry them you can prepare bunches to hang in a ventilated and not wet place.

Lavender: Properties and benefits
The lavender essential oil contains cineol, linalool, borneol, camphor, linalyl acetate, terpineol, tannins, flavonoids, rosmarinic acid (a substance with antioxidant activity) and limonene.

Benefits and Curative Properties of Lavender

When speaking of the properties and benefits of lavender speaking especially of its essential oil that is used in different ways for therapeutic use.
The lavender essential oil has properties that can be beneficial in the event of problems affecting the respiratory tract; in fact, the vapors released from the essential oil of lavender have bactericidal properties that make it useful in cases of asthma, bronchitis, sore throat and phlegm.

Recent clinical studies have demonstrated the anxiolytic and sedative properties that the essential oil of lavender has on the central nervous system; these studies have revealed that the benefits of the essential oil of lavender are especially tangible when the active ingredients were hired inhaled.
Lavender has therefore useful properties in case of anxiety, nervousness, sleep disturbances, and also in the case of dementia.
It was also demonstrated, as hot baths with a few drops of essential oil can have a positive influence on mental well-being.

Thanks to its properties lavender brings benefits in case of digestive problems, its intake, in addition to promoting digestion, restores the intestinal flora at an optimum level.

The essential oil is also used for external use, and its properties are able to generate benefits in the case of acne, dandruff, insect bites, sunburn, inflammation and dermatitis.

Finally, an in vitro study has shown that some substances contained in the essential oil of lavender have the property of inhibiting the growth of saprophytic fungus called Candida albicans.
Curiosity Lavender
The lavender extract is a good insect repellent, both for people and for the environment.

The lavender essential oil can be used as an analgesic in case of rheumatism and joint pain.

In ancient Rome bunches of lavender flowers were put in the water to the thermal baths to scent your skin.

The lavender flowers used for outdoor use cleanse oily skin and promote wound healing.

Also for outdoor use lavender can be used to disinfect the mouth and breath freshening through rinses and gargles.

A few drops of essential oil spilled on the scalp and on the scallop before combing have the property to prevent the appearance of lice.

Massaging temples with a few drops of lavender brings benefits in migraine.

It seems that the aroma of lavender, if widespread in workplace, it is able to increase the productivity of the staff.

The lavender leaves are used in cooking to flavor some foods, especially roasts.

The Italian regions where lavender is grown mostly  are Tuscany, Lazio, Piedmont and Emilia Romagna.

In France is used to put on the windowsills some bunches of lavender to keep out scorpions.

Preparing Lavender Essential Oil
The lavender essential oil is obtained from flowers of the plant that, once placed in a separate steam boiler, are flooded until you get to a temperature of 100 ░ which is the temperature required to ensure that the plant cells of lavender to break and release the precious essences.

When the steam is saturated with essential oil it comes to the condenser which collects the mixture of oil / water cooled in an appropriate container; here, thanks to the different density, the oil remains on the surface and is thus easily collected.
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In excessive doses, thing common to all the other essential oils, may be toxic and can give rise to allergies encountered with the formation of dermatitis.
Use with caution in children and in pregnant women.
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