Lavender (Lavendula Officinalis) is a herb native to northern Africa and the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean, its medicinal properties are many and varied. It was used during the World Wars to treat and disinfect wounds.
Now Lavender is increasingly grown for the production of its essential oil, which comes from the distillation of the flower spikes of certain species of the plant.
Lavender is an effective treatment for headaches especially if they are stress related. It may also be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia. It strengthens the nervous system and may be used in states of nervous exhaustion.
Believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, lavender oil can also be used to treat minor burns or insect bites.
It may be used for digestive issues such as nausea, colic or abdominal swelling. Lavender oil has good anti-bacterial and anti-fungal activity and is very potent.
A good health food store or chemist are the best places to purchase essential Lavender oil.