Lavender Hydrosol can be used for pets. Use it to help calm an animal before a visit to the vet, by spraying on a cloth and putting it near the animal’s nose. It can also be used to clean any cuts, scrapes or wounds the animal might encounter.
Plant Description: Lavender is a fragrant hardy shrub, with narrow leaves and grey-blue flowers. Although the fragrance can be found throughout the plant, the essential oil is only extracted from the flowering tops.
History/Folklore: There are apparently two suggestions for the origin of the name lavender. One being that the name is derived from the Latin ‘lavare’ which means to wash and the other that it derives from the Latin ‘lividula’ meaning bluish in color. Lavender was mentioned by Dioscorides, Galen and Pliny. The Romans traditionally used it in the preparation for childbirth. The midwife would trace a cross with the dried crushed leaves over hot coals so that the room would fill with its fragrance. The Romans added lavender to their bath water to relieve fatigue and stiff joints. Medieval Europeans considered lavender to be an herb of love.
Aroma and Taste: Lydia Bosson describes the taste of this hydrosol as Provencal, a bit sour, astringent while she says the aroma is flowery, honeyed, typical but nonetheless different from the essential oil.
Stability and Shelf Life: Quiet Stable. Usually lasts at least two years.
pH: 5.6 – 5.9 (Suzanne Catty) 3.8-4.5 (Susanne Fischer-Rizzi)
Lavender hydrosol has analgesic, anticoagulant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericidal, calming, cicatrizant, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, lipolytic, mucolytic, sedative and stimulant properties.
Jeanne Rose says that this hydrosol is gentle, balancing, cooling and good for all skin types. It also eases mental stress, reduces mental fatigue and is helpful for jet lag.
Suzanne Catty says that in excessively dry atmospheres misting the face and neck with Lavender Hydrosol is very effective. She also recommends spraying the skin both before and after shaving or hair removal to reduce inflammation, get a closer shave, and prevent ingrown hairs. A good hydrosol to use for cleaning cuts and scrapes. On an emotional level it can help calm cranky moods and bring an end to tearful tantrums. Like Roman Chamomile, an excellent hydrosol to use with babies from birth.
Lydia Bosson says that, along with orange blossom hydrosol, Lavender is probably one of the most effective hydrosols for sleeping. It will also calm agitation, transform rigidity, balance nervousness and purify mental blockages.
I personally find that by their very nature, hydrosols are particularly helpful when used energetically. I like to include them in misters and sprays and find that they can make a subtle and effective difference.
In Dr. Bruce Berkowsky’s Spiritual PhytoEssencing, Lavender has the theme of balancing. Its ultimate effect is one of restoration of equilibrium.
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