LAVENDER, herbal properties, uses both medical and magickal, also my favorite smell in the world! And it’s no big secret that it’s a MUST for anyone working in The Craft, Herbal Healing or just plain gardening! Although I’ve always had the hardest time growing lavender myself. I’ve a pretty green thumb, but lavender illudes me! If you have any tips PLEASE comment below! 🙂 I’m serious! I need help!
Anyway….Lavender is my personal “go-to” for relaxation… But here are the technical terms and a few uses.
When seen on a Tarot card, Lavender suggests inner-strength and wisdom to draw from.
When we are tense due to stress in our lives it is useful to meditate on the Strength Card to help maintain harmony during difficult times.
When you get the Strength card in an upright manner during a reading, then it shows that you have inner strength and fortitude during moments of danger and distress. It shows that you have the ability to remain calm and strong even when your life is going through immense struggle. It also shows that you are a compassionate person and you always have time for other people even if it’s at your own expense.
I always see my husband in this card, as he embodies all that is said above, but he’s also a Leo, so seeing the Lion always brings him to me.
Getting the strength card means that you are a very patient individual who is likely to accomplish anything that they put their mind to. Your resilience will greatly aid you, and your fearlessness means that you should have no issues speaking your mind. This card also indicates this kind of compassion will always be rewarded with having a lot of stability in your life either presently or in the near future.
And if you read this blog long enough, you’ll find I have a true deep love for Audrey Hepburn, so one of her quotes feels right for this post…
“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”– Audrey Hepburn
Lavender is masculine in action and associated with Mercury in Culpeper’s Herbal. It is also associated with the element of air and the astrological sign Virgo.
It may be used as an asperging herb (to sprinkle water for purification purposes) and dried lavender sticks or wands can be burnt like incense.
It is also useful in spells to sharpen the mind, to encourage or strengthen pure love and to encourage fertility.
- Product Name: Organic lavender Essential Oil
- Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia
- Aroma: Lavender Oil is floral, fresh, sweet, herbaceous and sometimes slightly fruity. It can be slightly camphorous.
- Color: Clear with a Tinge of Yellow
- Consistency: Medium
- Oil Category/Perfumery: Medium – Strong
- USAGE: Skincare, cosmetics, soap making, massage, lubricants, aromatherapy, raw material, facial serum, acne, allergies, anxiety, asthma, athlete’s foot, bruises, burns, chicken pox, colic, cuts, cystitis, depression, dermatitis, dysmenorrhea, earache, flatulence, headache, hypertension, insect bites, insect repellent, itching, labor pains, migraine, oily skin, rheumatism, scabies, scars, sores, sprains, strains, stress, stretch marks, vertigo, whooping cough.
- Nervous System: Studiesshow the inhalation of lavender has a soothing and calming effect on the nervous system, making it a great alternative for alleviating stress, anxiety, depression, and fatigue.
- Nausea: Studies have demonstrated that inhaling lavender scent can relieve feelings of nausea or motion sickness.
- Headaches: Recent research says that inhaling lavender scent or massaging the oil into the temples, forehead, and neck (specifically behind your ears) can treat headaches.
- Sleep: Adding a few drops of lavender oil to a diffuser next to you bed at night can help relax the mind and the body andimprove your overall sleep.
- Wounds: Applying a dilution of lavender oil and distilled water to a wound can help stimulate cell regeneration and heal the wound faster.
- Menstrual Cramps: Applying lavender oil to the abdomen during your menstrual cycle can help alleviate cramping.
- Skin Food: Lavender is packed with antioxidants that protect and nourish your skin, making it a perfect addition to any skincare formula.
- Chapped Lips: I love mixing lavender oil with coconut or almond oil for the perfect lip balm to relieve chapped lips.
- Cold Sores: Lavender’s antimicrobial and antifungal properties make it an excellent choice to combat a cold sore.
- Acne: Lavender is antimicrobial and antibacterial. so it can be used to treat an acne flare-up or keep it at bay.
- Sunspots: Consistently using an oil with lavender in the formula can minimize the appearance of sunspots.
- Itchy Skin: Lavender is an anti-inflammatory, so it can be used to relieve inflamed and itchy skin caused by eczema or insect bites. Remember, ALWAYS cut the essential oils with a base…my favorite is Almond Oil.
- Dandruff: I tell people to mix lavender with olive or (Almond) oil and massage it into the scalp to get rid of dandruff and other scalp imbalances.
- Hair Growth: Lavender also stimulates blood circulation, so it can greatly improve hair growth when applied to the scalp in an olive oil mixture.
- Fragrance: Lavender has a delightful floral yet clean scent, so using it as a fragrance is a great natural choice. My husband says he still loves the smell after almost 18 years but I use Lavender for EVERYTHING, so I’m not sure if he’s being completely honest!!
This Information was gathered from various homeopathic health sites and my own experiences.
Bibliography (Amazon Affiliate Links)
1. Balch, Phyllis A. Prescription for Herbal Healing: A Practical A-Z Reference. New York, N.Y.: Avery, 2002. Print.2. Culpeper, Nicholas.
2, Ed. David Potterton. New York, NY: Sterling Pub., 2002. Print.
3. Platt, Ellen Spector. Lavender: How to Grow and Use the Fragrant Herb. 2nd ed. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole, 2009. Print.