Part used: Flower
Energetics: Bitter, drying, cooling
Actions: Analgesic, antibacterial, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antispasmodic
Indications: anxiety, depression, headaches, insomnia, nervous exhaustion, bloating, indigestion, cramping, motion sickness, epithelial Skin conditions (acne, eczema)
Lavender is a flowering plant native to the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and India, and is easily identified by its sweet floral scent. However, lavender is more than just a fragrant plant. It is also used as a herb for many medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Lavender essential oil can be used in aroma therapy to improve sleep and offer pain relief. It can even be applied directly to the skin to treat blemishes and reduce inflammation. There is also plenty of research to suggest that lavender has positive effects on mood, stress, anxiety, and depression. Being such a versatile plant with so many health benefits, its no wonder that it was once considered a holy herb in ancient times .