I think everyone is familiar with the smell of lavender and has at some time encountered it in various cosmetic and oil blends. The word "lavender" comes from the Latin lavere, meaning "to wash." It was one of the favorite aromatics used by the Romans for their bathing activities. They may have introduced the plant to England, and it has been a favorite herb there for centuries.
Lavender (Lavendula spp.), a member of the mint family, is generally regarded as the most useful and versatile essence for therapeutic purposes. It has a sedative and tonic action on the heart and has been used in treatment of hysteria, nervous tension, heart palpitations, and for lowering high blood pressure. It calms the mind and nerves and helps to ease depression, insomnia, and migraine headaches. Add a few drops to bath water to soothe nerves and clear the mind. It also eases sore muscles, rheumatism, dermatitis, and many other inflammatory conditions.
A few drops of lavender oil may also be added to foot baths in order to relieve fatigue and exhaustion, or rub some on your temples to relieve nervous headaches.
Place a small sachet of lavender flowers in a drawer to keep moths and insects away from clothing. It will make your clothing smell quite wonderful, as well. Lavender flowers and tops -- as opposed to the oil -- can also be made into tea, which can help with emotional upsets, nervous depression and anxiety. Mix the flowers with equal parts of lemon balm, skullcap, chamomile, a half part of licorice root, and a pinch of ginger. Let a tablespoon of the mixture steep in hot water, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink one to three cups daily.
• Do not use the essential oils internally, as large doses can be toxic. Please consult with an aroma therapist for safe internal dosage of the oils.
• Adding 5 to 10 drops of the essential oil of lavender to the bath is usually sufficient for a relaxing soak.
• For a massage oil, add a few drops of lavender oil to a base such as almond oil, and use this for massaging the body.
There is an old saying that roses are good for the "skin and the soul." When most people think of roses they immediately think of how they symbolize love and affection. Having roses given someone is always a pleasant surprise.
There are many parts of the rose that are used for medicine. The rose hips are used as an astringent and taken for colds and flu and help staunch diarrhea. They are very high in vitamin c and help the immune system to do its job. The essential oil of rose, which is very expensive, is used for opening the heart and easing upset and emotional trauma. Some people substitute rose geranium essential oil because it is much less expensive and very pleasant. It, too, help to ease the heart of emotional upsets.
Rose petals can be use as well which is the least expensive way of obtaining the qualities of rose. Rose is anti-depressant , anti-spasmodic, calming, and nurturing.
If you have roses in your garden that are not sprayed with pesticides and have a strong pleasant odor, you can gather the petals throughout the summer and let them dry on towels in a darkened area. They can then be used in sachet as mentioned above with lavender or made into a tea in combination with other herbs for the nerves.
Rose water can also be part of your medicine chest, also. It is excellent as a wash on cuts and scrapes as it has antiseptic qualities. It can be use on the face to help tighten the skin and pores.
I hope you will try some of these herbs for the heart and the emotions. They are gentle and effective ways to ease the troubles away.