Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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French lavender
Common name:

French lavender

Synonym name:

Desert lavender

Hebrew name:

אזוביון רפואי

Scientific name:

Lavandula officinalis

Family:

Lamiaceae

Arabic name:

ضرم צ'ורם

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Shape:
annual plant
Dimensions:
0.30 - 0.70 m
Flowering color:
#8f0ce4
Flowering period:
2-5
Harvesting:
Growing areas:
Coastal Valley, Mount Hermon near Majdal Shams
Desription:
Branched shrub, woody at the base , it’s leaves are silver and his purple blue flowers grow on high stalks .
In Israel there are four wildly kinds of lavendergreat, jagged, desert and furry. All of them are beautiful, aromatic and have the same uses. Many species of lavender are grown in gardens and parks including medical lavender.
lavender has been used in folk medicine as: expectorants , anti-spasms , stimulates blood circulation , pain reliever ; and good for treating: exhaustion , depression , anxiety, stress , insomnia and headaches .
Lavender oil: we Pour olive oil into a glass jar until it half full,  into the oil we put the leaves and stems of lavender until it rises up to the jar rim. we cover it and place in a window facing the sun most of the day for two weeks.
 
Decoction: In a liter of Boiled water we put 4 handfuls of dried or green leaves for at least 20 min.
 
Lavender essential oil: Essential Oil and flowers are sold in pharmacies and natural stores.
 
For headaches: we mix 10 drops of lavender essential oil in 30 ml of olive oil.  Dip your fingertips in the oil blend and massage the temples in circular motions, about 5 minutes. At the end of treatment we can drink lavender tea brew. We put a quarter of a spoon of flowers in a glass of hot water and wait for 5-10 min till we drink.
 
For those who sufferers from: Anxiety, stress, Fatigue or depression,It’s recommended to drink 4-3 glasses a day of lavender decoction
 
For Insomnia, it is recommended to drink a glass from the decoction before going to sleep.
 
In External disease like Edema, convulsions, burns and beating sun,We soak bandages in the decoction and place them on the patient's Diseased organ.
 
In some cases we can Pour the decoction in to a bath and spend half an hour in it.
 
The Oil uses are mainly for burns, sun burns, bites and skin infections.
Lavender has always been a favorite flower of humanity. Its Latin name is derived from Lavare that means to wash.The Romans used the flowers and leaves to perfume baths and bathhouses.
In Tyrol region in Austria, lavender was considered as sacred plant. Legends tell that even witches, which run away from devils, are safely protected from harm when they entrenches a field of lavender.