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“Lavender” A Favorite Herb of the Herbalist

Lavandula spica and Lavandula vera. Labiatae                                          

There are many forms of lavender and all are medicinal and highly valued by the herbalist. Found on dry, sandy land or rocky places. It is much cultivated in gardens, and used in perfumery. Likes costal areas and mountainsides. Leaves are thin, narrow, long, grayish; the small flowers are in spikes of blue-purple, they are lipped and very fragrant both fresh and when dried. As with most strongly scented flowers-especially blue ones-lavender is highly nervine. Esteemed as a tea and for flavoring. Leaves and flowers are used.

Use, internal:

As a nerve tonic, treatment of fainting, headache, sunstroke, vomiting, hysteria, paralysis, general weakness of limbs, swelling of limbs. As an asthma inhalation and tea. An excellent face lotion infused in whey.

Use, external:

To keep moth from clothing and from dried fruits. As a mouthwash for those with loose teeth, bad breath. Dose: A few of the flower spikes can be eaten raw in salad. Of a Standard Brew of the flowers, a small cupful morning and night. The flowers can be added to other teas with advantage.

Externally:

To deter moths, place the flower spikes and some leaves freely amongst the garments. Or make lavender bags, using open weave muslin, and fill bags with the dried flowerets, gathered before midday.

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