Lavender Super Blue - Lavender Petals - Ingredients from Provence France
The lavender fields of Provence have been described, "In the solitude of the Lure Mountains, lavender grows everywhere". At harvest time the evenings are lavender-embalmed. Lavender is most often used for perfuming, but it is also an excellent plant for infusions and has an agreeable floral flavor.
Herbalists recommend lavender to treat migraines, ease digestive spasms, and for certain respiratory problems. Lavender is also used for soothing the nervous system. Lavender is also used as a local anesthetic. It is applied as a compress directly on a cut, bruise or sprain. To make lavender decoction boil 3 tablespoons of flowers in 1 liter (or quart) for 10 minutes. For bee stings, a teaspoon of petals in a sachet soaked in very hot water and then applied to the sting can help ease the pain and swelling. Lavender is often used to make a bath a pure aromatic delight. The practice of using it in bathes dates to ancient Rome where lavender was so prized that few of the aristocracy considered bathing without it. Proof of this can be found in the root of lavenders names: In Latin, lavare means "to wash".
Lavender has been used as a natural pesticide. Rubbing the wood of cabinets and cupboards with the essential oil keeps mites and flies away. The dried flowers are also placed in a cloth sachet and hung in wardrobes and linen closets to keep insects and mites at bay.
Tea uses - Since Lavender has quite an aroma and flavor profile it is often used to give a tea a special signature.