Healthy Life: Lavender

Updated: Aug 16, 2019


by Valerie Lull, MH

Lavender is a fragrant plant that is referred to in the Bible as nard or spikenard. It was used for centuries for all kinds of things from recovery after childbirth, to problems with digestion. It is still a popular herb in today’s world. There are different kinds of lavender. Some kinds are considered weeds.

The most commonly used kind of lavender for healing purposes is Lavandula augustifolia. There seems to be very little research on lavender in tea form. According to conventional wisdom, a tea can be brewed from lavender that can be used for anxiety and stress. Lavender tea can also help with bloating and digestive issues. Lavender tea can be applied topically for skin issues.

The area where the most research has been done with lavender is essential oil. Several studies have shown that lavender essential oil may be beneficial for anxiety. It is used by aromatherapists to bring calm from stress. Lavender oil can be used as a massage oil which is very soothing. Lavender can be added to the bath to bring restful relaxation.

I had an experience where I got a bad scald on my hand. I rubbed lavender oil all over it right away. It made the pain stop and it healed up in a couple of days. No scar. Lavender oil can also be used for cuts and bruises.

Lavender tea is popular and can be found in most places that sell herbal teas. It can be found online. Lavender can be mixed with other herbs and teas to make a pleasant and calming beverage. Some popular combinations are lavender and green tea, lavender and chamomile, lavender and mint and lavender and white tea.

Lavender flowers have been used in potpourri for hundreds of years. Lavender is frequently used in cosmetic items, shampoos, perfumes, lotions, candles, and soaps. It is a bath additive and can make for a relaxing soak. You can put a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow to ensure a good restful sleep

Lavender has culinary uses. Add it to lemonade, make syrups and brew teas. There is an almost endless list of herbs and spices that can be added to lavender tea.

Exercise your creativity. See what you can come up with. Below are two recipes.

Lavender Tea

3 T fresh lavender flowers or 1 1/2 T dried lavender flowers

2 C boiling water

Honey or sweetener of choice

Lemon if desired

Put the flowers in an infuser or a tea pot. Add the boiling water and let the flowers steep 4-5 minutes. Strain and pour into cups. Serve with sweetener and/or lemon.

Lavender Lemonade

2 cups water

Sweetener as desired. I use stevia but you can use sugar or whatever you want

Lavender flowers

Bring water and sweetener to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the lavender. Cover and let it stand for 2-4 hours. Strain, and discard the lavender. Stir in the lemon juice and 2 more cups cold water. If desired add vanilla, or some other compatible flavoring. Serve chilled over ice. Enjoy!


Castleman, Michael, The New Healing Herbs, Rodale, 2009, p. 202

About the Author

Valerie B. Lull, author of Ten Healthy Teas, is an herbalist and wellness coach. At the age of 45 she was diagnosed with Diabetes and staying in good health became her passion. She studied at the American College of Healthcare Sciences in Portland, Oregon.

Valerie has always had a passion for staying healthy and for the health benefits of teas and the various ways they can be prepared. Valerie’s passion for tea started in childhood, when she experienced a traditional-style teatime with her Canadian relatives.

Read about tea, herbs, spices, and nutrition on her blog. Visit her at her website and on Twitter. You can contact Valerie via email as well.

Valerie’s new book, Glorious Garlic! is now on Amazon. Check it out.

You can read her regular “Healthy Life” column on the 4th Monday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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