Insomnia Cure Lavender (L. Angustifolia and others) is a shrubby flowering bush indigenous to the mountainous regions of the western Mediterranean. It is considered to have been first domesticated by the Arabians, then later spread across Europe by the Romans. Lavender was brought to North America by the Pilgrims and was one of the first garden plants imported to Australia in the 19th century.
It can be found in abundance in the wild in many parts of the world as well as being garden grown in a sunny, well-drained area, preferably in mildly alkaline soil. The smaller species will also grow quite easily in well-drained pots.
This popular flowering herb's essential oil has been demonstrated to depress the central nervous system in a manner comparable to pharmaceutical tranquilizers. Lavender is very useful and effective as a sleep aid.
In addition to the use of Lavender Flowers in a brewed tea, it may also be used in the form of an Essential oil distilled from the leaves, flowers and stems of the plant. Lavender oil can be applied topically to relax the muscles or it's aroma can be inhaled for a calming effect.
Rubbing Lavender essential oil on the feet is a particularly effective method for application, as anything on the feet is absorbed quickly. It is widely used in Aromatherapy and can be added to bathwater, dispersed in a vaporizer, or simply dabbed on a tissue and breathed in. The essential oil leaves and flowers can also be employed in a sachet underneath the pillow.
It should be noted that allergic contact dermatitis has been documented in some individuals applying Lavender products externally. To safely detect an allergic reaction it is always a good idea to do a spot test before administering a full application.
Also note that not all varieties of Lavender are tranquilizing - some, such as Spanis Lavender, can have just the opposite effect.
Try this Insomnia Cure Lavender Mint Tea for a great nights sleep. This will make one serving.
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon fresh Lavender flowers (or 1/2 teaspoon dried Lavender flowers) 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves (or 2 teaspoons dried mint) 1 cup boiling water Rosemary, lemon balm or lemon verbena, and rose geranium may also be added for an interesting multi-herb herbal tea.Preparation:
In a teapot or saucepan combine the Lavender flowers and mint (either loose or using a tea infuser). Pour boiling water over the mixture; stept 5 minutes. The infuser can then be taken out or the leaves removed with a strainer.
This homemade Lavender Insomnia Cure Sachet can work wonders also. For this you will need:
It should be easy to find all the necessary items listed above from your local craft or floral supply store. You may use Lavender harvested from your own plants or order the Lavender buds online. Here is what you need to do with these items:
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