LAVENDER - lavandula stoechas & avandula angustifolia
Our little ladies have two Lamiaceae varieties for lunch. A superb sweetener. Lavender is known to lend honey a well rounded, smooth flavour with low acidity and bitterness.
One of the most widely used flowers in folk medicine tested over the times in a tremendous tally of therapeutic and topical treatments.
Some research shows lavender oil taken orally may improve symptoms in some people with anxiety and depression. Taking lavender appears to be slightly less effective than the antidepressant drug imipramine, though taking the two together has shown to potential to be more beneficial than taking the drug alone.
Lavender oil used in aromatherapy massages reduces pain associated with menstruation in some young women better than regular massages. Also, inhaling lavender oil for the first 3 days of menstruation seems to reduce stomach pain and backache in women with menstrual pain.
Inhaling lavender essence while receiving pain killers intravenously can be effective in reducing pain in women after a C-section. (Ref 1)