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Lavender- (a stretch, but it appears in some gourmet recipes) Planet: Mercury Element: Air Main magickal uses: clairvoyance, cleansing, consecration, happiness, healing, love, Midsummer, money, passion, peace, peace of mind, protection, psychic protection, purification, tranquility Other magickal uses: blessings, chastity, divination, dreams, energy, gentleness, good luck, grieving, harmony, keeping secrets, magic (esp. to increase the duration of a spell), meditation, memory, psychic development, retention, ritual, sleep, stability, virility, weddings Lore: Attributed by some to Hecate, Saturn, and snake goddesses. Aoumiel also calls it attractive to elves.
Parts used

The fresh and dried flower tops are used, as well as an essential oil.

Lavender is an aromatic, tonic herb with a sweet scent. It relaxes spasms, benefits the digestion, stimulates peripheral circulation and the uterus and lowers fever. It is anti-septic and has an anti-depressant effect.

It contains linalyl acetate, linalool, cis-b-ocimene, trans-b-ocimene, 1-terpenen-4-ol, limonene, 1,8-ceneole, camphor, a-terpineol, caryophyllene epoxide and 3-octanone. The leaves contain rosmarinic acid and other tannins, coumarins, triterpenes and phenolic acids.
Therapeutic uses

* Internal use
o Lavender is used internally for indigestion, irritability, anxiety, exhaustion, tension headaches, migraine and bronchial complaints.
* External use
o Used externally to treat most type of burns, including sunburn, rheumatism, muscular pains, neuralgia, cold sores, insect bites, head lice, halitosis, vaginal discharge and anal fissure.
o It has an analgesic effect on the skin, which helps with pain relief, but it is the antiseptic and stimulant properties which make it very effective for use on wounds and burns.
o It is mainly used for its antiseptic and anti-dandruff properties but also have antibacterial, spasmolytic (relieving spasms) and local pain killing actions.
o It also contains ursolic acid, which is not only antibacterial, but also active against lipid oxidation and inhibits elastase ? which results in tissue degeneration as well as inflammatory processes as well as tissue degradation such as psoriasis and eczemas.
o The rosmarinic acid and polyphenolic derivatives have good antioxidant properties, which is helpful in countering aging.
o On the skin, lavender oil tones and revitalizes it and it is useful for all types of skin problems, such as abscesses, acne, oily skin, boils, burns, sunburn, wounds, psoriasis, lice, insect bites, stings. It also acts as an insect repellent.
* Aromatherapy and essential oil use
o Lavender essential oil must be one of the most popular essential oils on the market, due to its versatile and safe use.
o It has a soothing and calming effect on the nerves, relieving tension, depression, panic, hysteria and nervous exhaustion in general and is effective for headaches, migraines and insomnia.
o It is an excellent oil to help with depression, migraine, insomnia and stress. Its antiseptic qualities are excellent for wounds and burns and its spasmolytic properties to treat coughs and intestinal complaints.
o The therapeutic properties of lavender oil are antiseptic, analgesic, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericide, carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant, cordial, cytophylactic, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypotensive, nervine, rubefacient, sedative, sudorific and vulnerary.
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Re: Lavender
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will infuse you with peace, joy and a sense of connection, it will help control your anger, deepen your spiritual awareness, and repel negativity.

The plant: Lavender is classified as an evergreen shrub. Lavender plants grow from two to three feet tall. They have lilac blue flowers that grow on tall spikes. The leaves are narrow and grayish green. The plants spread out and have a wonderful scent. just rubbing past the plant will unleash the classical lavender scent. The flowers dry easily and retain their scent and color for a long time. Lavender flowers are easily found June through September.

How to Harness Lavender's Magical Properties: Place a bouquet of dried lavender flowers on your altar to deepen your spiritual connection and expand you awareness.

If you home hasn't been a place of peace lately, hang a bunch of lavender flowers over you front door. It will repel negativity and fill your home with love.

Similarly, you can soak away your fears in a warm bath by floating lavender flowers on the surface.

Use dried Lavender anytime as incense to deepen your meditations and fill your home with the magic of midsummer night's eve.

Put dried lavender flowers in your drawers and closets to repel negative energy and refresh your wardrobe without spending a cent.

From the Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Magical Plants by Susan Gregg
Copyright 2008
Taken from page 211
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Re: Lavender
Post # 3
however word of warning even though lavender is of a airy masculine nature its attitude is harmonizing which can be seen in its tendency for the essential oils once in the body tends to "aromatixe" or convert testosterone into estrogen.
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