Lavender is a perennial dense half-bush, with many vertical saplings, with a height of up to 1 meter. It is originally from southern France. The whole herb is gray because of the abundance of hairs. The leaves are straight, at both ends slightly narrowed, similar to the rosemary leaves. Lavender is an industrial herb, used to produce aromatic oil for cosmetics and pharmacy. Lavender also repel mosquitoes, cockroaches, moles, and other insects. It has a pleasant aroma and aromatic but slightly bitter taste. The flower is used as a medicine (flos).
In fresh color, up to 3 percent is essential oil and up to 12 percent tannin. The quantity and chemical composition of the oil depends on the variations in the herb, season, land, altitude and distillation. Aetheroleum Lavandula is an essential oil obtained by distillation by means of water vapor from fresh flowering classes of lavender. It is a colorless or yellowish liquid, with a pleasant aroma of lavender, with an aromatic and slightly bitter taste. The main ingredient of the oil is linalyl acetate. In the oil there is also free linalool and geraniol, then in small quantities pinen, octyl, borneol, cineol, coumarin, various ketones, propionate, and valerianate. The oil should be stored in a cool and dark place in full and well-closed containers with a dark color.
Lavender has been used since the ancient time. Ancient doctors have claimed that the lavender helps “against inflammation of the brain”, “dizziness”, “cold stomach”.
In folk medicine, lavender flowers are used to treat cardiovascular diseases, such as gastric agents, against sand in the urine and against inflammation of the bladder. It is also used for the preparation of medicinal baths in inflammation of the joints and for making aromatic, fragrant pillows.
Externally, the herb is used as an accessory to the baths. The oil causes weak local anesthesia. It also serves as a scrub for scents of many drugs. The oil is also used as a medicine, and in addition, it is widely used in perfumery and in cosmetics. The dried flower is placed between the clothes to get a pleasant smell, and in the Mediterranean countries, bouquets of lavender serve to chase mosquitoes, cockroaches, also moths and other insects.
Make a Lavender Lemonade with Lavender Essential Oil
- 1 drop of lavender essential oil
- 12 cups pure water
- 6 lemons, peeled and juiced
- 1 cup raw honey
- Lavender sprigs for garnish
Add the juiced lemons and the lavender oil in the water, also add the honey as a natural sweetener. In the end, decorate the lemonade with the lavender sprigs.