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Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula vera,
from natural cultivation / Switzerland

Effect of the ingredients:

More than just scent!

The lavender plant has many ingredients that vary depending on the sort. Only a small part of this is scientifically researched. Of these about 160 known ingredients can be of high relevance to health and well-being. In addition to the essential oils, it is flavonoids, saponin and coumarins. The whole is more than the sum of its parts. The optimal effect they produce in the interaction as a whole. Some of the components of lavender are sensitive to heat, so they do not survive a distillation process.

Some of the lavender's most intriguing substances that are already well researched are the monoterpenes linalyl acetate and linalool. These are reputed to act very quickly on the human body. Linalyl acetate is responsible for the characteristic scent and is an outstanding ingredient of lavender within the lavender plant. The higher the cultivated area, the higher its content. This ingredient alone has impressive effects on human biology.

Very striking is the mood-enhancing effect. In addition, the lavender calms and balances the nerves. Lavender has always been used for insomnia and anxiety. In addition, it has a calming effect and has a positive effect on blood pressure and blood flow. The antiseptic effect was already known in the Middle Ages. Lavender oil can be used effectively against streptococci. Restlessness, insomnia, nervousness and even stomach and intestinal complaints are the typical uses of lavender. Fear and panic can be demonstrably reduced by lavender.

The essential oils control important metabolic processes in the plant and protect them from predators. So it stands to reason that this property can also be used for the defense against insects. The antimicrobial effect of the essential oils in lavender has already been highlighted by several studies. Even with skin problems, such as irritation and redness, but also acne and rosacea or small circulatory disorders under the skin, lavender can help. Its effect on the psyche is as scientifically proven as its harmonizing effect on the autonomic nervous system, which controls metabolism, respiration, blood pressure, heart rate, gastric acid production and much more.

History:

Consistently valuable, from the Egyptians to today.

When the archaeologist Howard Carter opened the legendary tomb of Tutankhamen in his spectacular discovery, besides the pot of gold, there were also pots of ointment, which still had a faint fragrance of lavender - after more than 3,000 years. Lavender is far more than a good fragrance for perfumes. Even the Egyptians used the small blue flower in full. Lavender was also an important part of mummification. The Romans also used lavender in many ways. Thus, before a great battle, small lavender bouquets were handed out to the legionaries to reassure them. Since these days, the healing and care effect for the skin is known. The Romans helped the plant to expand rapidly in Europe. Where Romans were, the lavender was not far. The beautiful appearance of the plant and its beguiling scent helped the plant to spread further and further.

In the 11th century she moved to the monastery gardens. The belief spread that Mary Magdalene had anointed the head of Jesus with lavender oil. Until modern times, it was believed that "good smells" could prevent and fight disease. Thus, in the time of the plague, large quantities of aromatic herbs and spices were burned in the streets and houses. As naive as that thought was, the lavender's intense scent of lavender worked perfectly with lice. Lavender became an economic factor in the context of perfumery. The entire area around Grasse operated sheep breeding and olive growing. This initially favored trade and then became the starting point of a major domestic industry for skins and oils. So it happened that these two activities led to the emergence of the perfume industry, because leather goods (especially gloves) had to be rubbed with fragrant pomades earlier, so as not to stink pitifully. The soaps have been provided with fragrant scents since that time, the basic material was often the blue lavender.

In the southern French town of Toulon, the following story occurred in the 17th century: four graverobber were arrested in the plague-ridden city. These had the choice between the death penalty and freedom in exchange for their secret, how they protected themselves from infection. The secret recipe: One tablespoon of sage, rosemary thyme and, of course, lavender with ¾ liter of apple cider vinegar - 2 weeks and then rinse your mouth. It is not known how old these thieves have become, but lavender has played an important role in mysticism and medicine in the past.

Good witches saved the lavender from the devil, keyholes clogged with lavender, should keep the spirits away. In general, according to the opinion of the Middle Ages, lavender generally kept evil away. As mystical as lavender was, it was and still is a source of income for farmers in and around the "capital of perfume": Grasse in Provence. Meanwhile, Bulgaria is the largest lavender manufacturer in the world. However, the lavender scent is no longer what it once was. The linalool, an important component of the fragrance we can perceive, can now be produced synthetically, in order to then use it to stretch and distort the still expensive raw material. To win a liter of pure, lavender essential oil, about 120 kilograms of flowers and leaves of the lavender plant are needed. The liter price of a good quality costs up to 300 Euro. But the distillate contains only the heated remains of a plant that provides over 300 different active ingredients when fresh. That is why we use carefully dried flowers for our spray, whose ingredients are preserved in the extraction process (maceration) unadulterated and above all undamaged.

Disclaimer and general note on medical topics:

The modes of action described here are for informational purposes only and serve the purpose of general further education. They are not intended for treatment, diagnosis, prevention of disease. In no case do they replace professional advice from a doctor or pharmacist. The contents of this website should also not be understood as a basis to end other therapies or treatments of a disease. If you have any health problems, please contact the doctor you trust. We assume no liability for any inconvenience or damage resulting from any use of the products described herein. The products presented here are in no way a substitute for any prescribed medication and must not be taken during pregnancy, in children or when breastfeeding. The texts are not entitled to completeness and timeliness. The research was done to the best of my knowledge and belief and represents a balanced information.

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