Other Names: Lavandula, Lavandar, Lavande
Botanical Information: It belongs to the Ballıbaba family. Lavender can grow up to 1 meter tall. Its body has a rectangular cross-section, is green in color and has a pleasant smell. However, in the second year of the plant, the trunk becomes woody. It has greyish green, long, thin and fragrant leaves. It has very fragrant, lavender-blue flowers that bloom in the summer months, forming sparse spikes at the ends of long stems. It is the small star-like hairs on the plant’s trunk, leaves, stems and flowers that give them their special scent. Each of the small fruits of lavender that ripen in autumn contains four nutlet-shaped seeds.
Places where it is grown: Lavender, whose homeland is the Mediterranean basin, has about 20 species. Some of these species also grow in our country.
Known Composition: It contains essential oil containing organic acids and substances such as glycosides, alkaloids and tannins. Lavender essential oil is obtained by distilling this essential oil.
Collection and Storage: Flowers used as drugs should be collected while they are still in bud in July-August. The flowers collected with their stems are tied in bunches and hung in a shaded place to dry. After drying thoroughly, the flowers are crumbled and separated from the stem.
Places of Use: Lavender essence (lavender oil) is used as an important raw material in the perfumery industry. It also gives a very pleasant, heartwarming scent to the laundry in which it is placed in small bags. Those who suffer from insomnia should try using pillows containing lavender.
Benefits of Lavender Oil: If the face is cleaned with a little cotton, it cleans acne-prone skin. If it is applied to the painful area and massaged lightly by hand, it is soothing for the pain of rheumatism, sprains and fractures.
It is an effective healer for stress-related headaches.
It stimulates appetite and facilitates digestion.
gas in the stomach and intestines is removed.
It is soothing in case of extreme irritability related to depression.
It relieves insomnia.
It suppresses the vomiting reflex.
It is diuretic. It cleans the kidneys.
Tea: Tea is obtained by taking 1 teaspoon of dried shoots and flowers, pouring 1 glass of boiling water over it and infusing it for 10-15 minutes. Drink a glass of this tea three times a day.
Bonya: 60-70 g of lavender flowers are added to 2-3 liters of water, heated to boiling point, infused for 10-15 minutes, then filtered and added to the bath water. Bath time is 15-20 minutes. These baths especially relax and revitalize people with low blood pressure. Nervous people find a balancing comfort.