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Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia, Lavandula latifolia or Lavandula officinalis) is a plant in the mint family. There's a color named after it's light violet flowers. It's also well known for its scent. The scent is reputed to have relaxing properties. It is used to perfume many household items -- soap, bath oils, drawer liners and in perfume. Some pests don't like the scent, so it is used as a repellant. And it has some medicinal properties.

Some of the medicinal properties are

  • headache relief
  • antiseptic
  • relaxation (reduction of stress or anxiety)
  • stomach calming
  • reduction or reversal of hair loss

While generally safe, use strong concentrations can cause harm. Lavender oil can be a skin irritant for some and poisonous. (This site is not a medical site. As with any Web site, consider the source and use caution.)

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ReferencesEdit

  • University of Maryland Center of Medicine's article on Lavender as a complementary medicine
  • US National Institutes of Health's National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine on Lavender
  • Wikipedia's article on lavender

Commercial Sites

  • Purple Haze Lavender Ltd. organic products and farm - with on-line store and shipping
  • Botanical.com: "A Modern Herbal" - By Mrs. Maud Grieve on lavenders (also available in hardcopy book form)

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