The Queen of Herbs
Specifications of Lavandula Angustifolia (True Lavender)
Lavandula Angustifolia ("True Lavender") is an evergreen perennial plant that grows to a height of 40-60 cm and forms compact regular clumps. It is part of the Lamiaceae botanical family. The lavender essential oil obtained from Bulgarian lavandula angustifolia is characterised by high levels of linalool, linalyl acetate ad low content of camphor. Lavender essential oil has a pale yellow colour and an intense floral-herbal scent. Lavandula angustifolia's essential oil is commercially used in the cosmetics, perfumery and pharmaceutical industries.
History and Origins of True Lavender
Lavender is known for more than 2500 years when it was first used in Egypt for mummification process. It was used by Romans as a bath additive and in the Middle Ages as an ingredient in perfume and soap making. Since ancient times, lavender oil has been regarded as one of the most valuable essential oils. The name lavender comes from the latin verb "lavare" which means "to clean" or "to wash". In Bulgaria lavender cultivation begins in the beginning of 20th century.
Learn some interesting historical facts about lavender her:Lavender History
Benefits of Lavender
Lavender has been considered as an alternative and holistic remedy which provides support for multiple conditions and reduces various symptoms.
- Insomnia - Lavender aroma could improve sleep quality and help falling asleep faster. A study explains that inhaling lavender oil has a positive effect on people with mild sleep disturbances.
- Headache - According to a report from a 3-month clinical trial, lavender based therapy reduces the intensity and frequency of migraine incidents.
- Anxiety - A study from 2010 discusses that lavender oil capsules preparation's effect on anxiety disorder is comparable to a common benzodiazepine drug - lorazepam. However, lavender oil has no potential for drug abuse and is more tolerant to the organism.
- Skin burns - Lavender oil possesses antimicrobial and anti fungal properties which points out to its efficacy to Staphylococcus aureus - a bacterium responsible for burn would infections. A study on lavender oil based bioactive nanofibrous dressings for effective promotion of burn healing, demonstrates a promising future for advanced biomedical devices for burn management.
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