This week, I’m going to share information about a wonderful herb. Herbs can be a fun and interesting part of holistic practice. Certain ones can be used to aid in digestion, like ginger. Others can be used to help you keep rough thoughts at bay. Lavender is however one of the most versatile and easy to get herbs and it has so many uses! So, let’s talk lavender!
I’ve found it to be so helpful and recommend it to everyone! I am not a medical professional and this is not to be seen as medical advice.
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Lavender is one of the most versatile and easy herbs to use. If you’re just looking into herbal medicine, it is also the safest, in my opinion. Since there are a few different varieties, we will walk through each of them today.
There are 5 main varieties of Lavender that spread throughout the world. They are:
Let’s Talk Varieties of Lavender
- English Lavender-Often called “common lavender” Ironically, this is mainly found in the Mediterranean.
- Spanish Lavender-Also found in the Mediterranean and also in Northern Africa. This one is the one frequently used in essential oil distillation.
- French Lavender-Also native to Spain. This is particularly ironic considering the name.
- Portuguese Lavender-A more pungent version than the other three. Can be used for a variety of reasons.
- Lavandin-This is the variety that is frequently grown in day to day gardens. Fragrant and beautiful.
This just goes to show the variety you can get from one plant. Use it to make gifts, help with healing (in certain cases), and just make a house more of a home. Lavender is one of the most recognized essential oils too. Pretty cool, I’d say!
More information can be found at this site. The amount of books available is astounding. They can really get you started using lavender. Personally, I love Herbal Medicine for Beginners: Your Guide to Healing Common Ailments with 35 Medicinal Herbs by Ryn Midura and Katja Swift. You can check it on on Amazon!
Find the right lavender and the right uses for you and you cannot go wrong. It’s because of this amazing plant that I dove into herbal medicine. It was a gateway herb.
For more herbal information, check out last week’s post on teas! Until next week, be well and namaste!