Lavender in scents and colors

Lavender, a legend! a living world! The scent and color alone evoke a world of warmth and harmony. Subtle color nuances of violet, purple, lilac and scented feelings of softness, goodness and coziness make Lavender the natural favorite of humans.

Lavender in scents and colors

We are talking about the plant, Lavandula angustifolia, which feels at home in the warm and dry nature of this country in the south of France from Drome to Provence. The real Lavender mainly grows above 700 meters, while its relative Lavandula latifolia, de Spijk, prefers to stay lower. At the place where they meet, a crossbreed child was created called Lavandula intermedia, the Lavandin. This sturdy hybrid son felt at home in nature and was brought into cultivation by a Mr. Grosso in the 1920s. Not surprising, because this cultivar not only has more and larger flower spikes, but also contains more essential oil. Unfortunately, this oil has a different composition than that of real lavender. It has a sharper smell due to its higher camphor content and is therefore used more in soaps and bath products, while the Real is used more medicinally.

Traditional lavender.

As with many herbs, Lavender was used in ancient times. Dioscorides, Galen and Pliny recommended the Spijk as a tonic and as an antispasmodic. For Matthiolusv it was even a panacea with an effect on the brain, to be used for epilepsy and against paralysis. The plant supports stomach function and warms the uterus, he says. The flowers boiled in wine drive the urine out of the body. Finally, it is also said to be a good heart tonic.
Petrus Nijlandt, based on authorities such as Dodonaeus, recommends the Spica for agitation, lethargy, lethargy, epilepsy and fainting spells. Before ascents of the body-mother and heavy labor of women, Ravelingius covers the navel of the abdomen with Spieck oil and with the same essential oil he massages the spine of patients with shrunken limbs.
Dodonaeus summarizes it again inimitably: ‘the Lavender is warm and dry in the third degree , and pleasant to the brain and nerves’.

Lavender contemporary.

Mixed feelings of admiration, wonder and doubt keep coming over me, considering the laundry list of effects that each herb has, or should have. Critical thinking has its place here and scientists have already done that to a certain extent before me. Dr. Leclerc, the father of modern phytotherapy, mainly used lavender as a diuretic, sedative and anti-infectious agent. In the same 1940s and earlier, more research was conducted in France into the bactericidal effect of lavender essential oil. This is how Prof. discovered Morel and Rochaix an effect on staphylococci and even on diphtheria bacilli. Others described an action on the tuberculosis bacillus and the evaporation of essential oil destroyed some pneumococci, the causative agents of pneumonia.
In Germany, official monographs have been made of all medicinal plants, including the lavender flowers. Committee E, which drew up this inventory, recommends Lavender for restlessness, sleep disorders and nervous stomach problems.
In the United States, lavender essential oil was tested in a hospital intensive care unit. The patients who were massaged with the oil felt much better and were less anxious than the control group.
By spreading lavender scent in a retirement home, it turned out that elderly people no longer needed sleeping tablets. A letter about that research was even published in the renowned medical journal The Lancet.
Perhaps this is not definitive proof of the sedative effect of lavender, but it is enough for me to use the essential oil as a protector against the stressful stimuli from our busy world. The aromatic substances in the plants are called essential oil. Like lavender, they are mainly used in perfumes, cosmetics and bath preparations. Yet they also have a very good anti-infectious and calming effect. The quality of the oil must be optimal. The fragrances of each Lavender variety are different in composition and also different in effect. The real Lavender has a much nicer scent than the Lavandin, in France mem calls this essential oil le fine. It is the base oil of aromatherapy, it is versatile in effect and harmless. It is best used on the skin as a massage oil or as a bath preparation.
Due to its content of substances such as esters, it has a good antispasmodic effect. It soothes and softens and also has a strengthening effect. Lavender oil does not cause drowsiness but prepares you for sleep. It is a soothing tonic.
Perhaps strange, but understandable when we realize that a busy person often seems strong and full of energy, but is in fact wasting his basic strength (tonus). A calm person actually has much more potential energy, which can be used in a targeted manner at the right time. Lavender oil can be used
for all disorders of the nervous system, but especially for vegetative disorders, also as a preventive treatment and preferably as a rub on the solar plexus or the solar plexus, the lavender spot par excellence.

Lavender for the skin.

The word lavender comes from the Latin lavare which means to wash. The relationship with the skin seems obvious to me. It is about the only essential oil that can be used pure on the skin without causing irritation.
It has both a disinfectant and skin-softening effect and can be used for burns, insect bites and bruises. He has a great reputation, especially for burns up to the second degree. The well-known story of Gattefossé, who burned himself in his laboratory and mistakenly put his hand in a container of lavender oil,
resulted in a rapid recovery.
I usually have a small bottle of lavender oil with me, especially when I’m trekking in my French Alps. I use it not only to soothe accidents, but also to awaken and perfume the tired and sweaty body. So a lot of use for a small bottle.

My own lavender route.

Hiking in the mountains and herbal knowledge are two passions that I can fully experience every year on holiday in my Drômeland.
As I approach the Col de Menée, the light and sky change. Southern scents of rosemary, thyme and lavender warm my head and my heart. On the other side, the Drômeland is at my feet, the town of Die and the gîte Abbaye de Valcroissant, at the foot of the Vercors, have been my stopping place for years to explore and experience this herbal region.
Here the southern plants thyme, rosemary and savory meet the mountain plants yellow gentian and Edelweiss. But there is more, I met medical plants such as madder and bearberry here in person for the first time. And then there are the special rush lily, Aphyllantes monspeliensis and the false arnica, Buphtalmum salicifolium. Many plants with just as many strange stories. A place full of spirituality!
The Drôme Valley is not only a lavender region, but has become a real herb paradise under the impetus of the Flemish and Dutch. There is the herb processing company Fytosan in the town of Die, various herb growers of Purple Coneflower, Thyme, Sage and others in the Quint Valley, westward in Beaufort-sur-Gervanne there is the beautiful aroma garden of the Sanoflore company. Further south, in Bellegarde you will find the unknown but special garden of the herbalists, with a number of rare plants such as Leuzea, Polygonum multiflorum and even Artemisia muttelina, from which Genepiliqueur is made.
A wonderful plant world! What better place for an herbalist or other herb lover!

My own aroma garden.

The real lavender is of course the basis for my own aroma garden. The many varieties actually do not differ much and I especially like botanical varieties, although the Hidcote with deep violet flowers and the Munstead, more compact and early flowering, can bring some subtle variation to the Drôme garden.
Other shrubby herbs such as thyme, perennial savory and rosemary should of course not be missing. Together with the Real sage, its purple brother Salvia var. purpureum, the Sacred Flower and Artemisia species, we then get a fragrant gray-green and medicinal whole. A garden that can be used as a toning herbal tea fresh from the field.

Lavender bouquets, bags and soap.

I shouldn’t forget household applications here, even though I’m kicking in all open doors. Since lavender dries easily and beautifully, it is a basic flower for delicate dried bouquets. Try drying the longer flower spikes of the lavender; in the Drôme and Provence they are offered fresh in giant bunches at the local markets.
Fill not just a bag but an entire bag to use as a pillow to replace the stale hop pillow. I still dream of covering the entire ceiling of my bedroom with bunches of ash lavender, but you could also sprinkle the floor with flowers.
Furthermore, there is of course the classic lavender soap, which you can simply make by melting glycerin soap, mixing lavender oil and lavender flowers and pouring it into a mold. I sometimes make lavender sugar myself. Simply place dried flowers in a glass jar, pour white granulated sugar over it and let it steep for a few days. Great for flavoring fruit dishes and yoghurt.
Yes yes, lavender is lavender is lavender is lavender for eternity.

© 2024 ApaFungsi.Com