Herbal and Essential Oils Education

Magickal and Medicinal Herbs: Lavender 101

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Lavender Flowers

Lavendula officinalis
Lavendula augustifolia

One of the best things about settling back down from travel is finally getting to put down roots. And I’m not just talking for myself or the children. I’m talking roots. Literal roots. Oh yeah…It’s time to plant the witchy garden. Among the echinacea, calendula, and mint, I’ll be growing lavender. Can’t you see it? Waves of purple flowers dancing in the breeze, perfuming the air with the literal scent of calm. Did you know that Lavender is part of the mint family? It is a perennial flower that attracts bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to your garden.

I have bundles of dried lavender all over my house. Hanging above every bed. Another by the doorway. More over the kitchen table. It is a strong symbol of love, devotion, protection, and purification. When given as a gift it symbolizes new adventures and opportunities.

Lavender comes from a Latin word meaning to wash, which reflects the reputation of the herb as an important ingredient in bathing rituals. The famed Roman baths are probably what comes to mind when thinking of bathing with lavender. Modern uses are primarily comforting and relaxing, taking advantage of the sedative properties of the herb. Most famously perhaps, it is known to grow in France, but it is also native throughout the Mediterranean, northern and eastern Africa, and even into India.

Lavender is a wonderful little flower with BIG properties. It can be used in culinary, magickal, and medicinal applications. Teas, syrups, desserts, tinctures, washes, oils, incense, charms, and spells. Lavender does it all.

Favorite Family Uses:

  • Fairy Magic to treat burns, cuts, and scrapes
  • Lavender, Lemon, Blueberry Icing
  • Sleepy Balms, Teas, and Diffusions
  • Protection Spells

Other Names: garden lavender, English lavender (known by both scientific names)

Composition: Lavender includes the fresh or dried flower bud of the plant, which is rich in essential oil and tannins.

Medicinal Properties:

  • sedative
  • antiflatulent
  • antibacterial
  • antifungal
  • antioxidant
  • antiseptic
  • antimicrobial
  • analgesic
  • anti-inflammatory
  • improves the motility of intestinal tract
  • inhibits growth of pathogens without destroying beneficial gut flora

Holistic Uses:

  • restlessness
  • insomnia
  • anxiety
  • abdominal complaints
  • dizziness
  • wound healing
  • burns
  • colic
  • vomiting
  • flatulence
  • irritation, itching, inflammation and redness of the skin
  • disinfectant and deodorant

Lavender has no known contraindications, side effects, or interactions. It is considered safe for children and the elderly. There are several methods of administration for this happy little flower.

It can be taken as a tea or a tincture, added to baths, diffused as an essential oil, and applied to the skin as an essential oil, salve, or poultice. It can also be used as a compress or a rinse. Lavender Hydrolat has naturally soothing and calming properties. It makes an excellent facial cleanser and toner that is especially suited to sensitive skin. Lavender is an edible flower so it can also be added to cookies, breads, ice cream, and frostings. Go crazy with it!

The typical dosage for a cup of tea is 1-2 teaspoons of dried lavender flower to 8 ounces of water. Steep for 10-15 minutes.

For burn relief and to heal cuts, scrapes or wounds, mix 3–5 drops of lavender oil with ½ teaspoon of coconut oil and apply the mixture to the area of concern. Dried lavender flowers can also be infused into a salve for this purpose.

Lavender tincture can be added to water, juice, or iced tea. Traditionally, 2-3 ml can be taken up to 3 times per day.

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Magickal Associations

Deities: Cernunnos, Cirse, Hecate, Medea, Saturn, Serpent Goddesses

Magickal Correspondences

Gender: Masculine
Element: Air
Astrological: Virgo
Planetary: Mercury

Magickal Properties

  • love
  • attraction
  • sex and fertility
  • clarity
  • peace
  • psychic work
  • purification
  • dispels negative energies
  • protection
  • happiness
  • longevity

Simple Spells and Household Uses:

  • A lavender bath will dispel any negative energies that are plaguing you.
  • Burn lavender smudge sticks to purify your home. This will protect you from malevolent spirits, the evil eye, and jinxes cast with ill intent.
  • Dried lavender sticks or wands can be burned like incense
  • Hang lavender charms in all four corners of your home for prolonged protection.
  • Plant lavender in your garden for year round protection.
  • Sprinkle lavender water around an area or directly on items for purification.
  • Use in spells to sharpen the mind, to encourage or strengthen pure love and to encourage fertility.
  • Place sachets of lavender buds or lavender wands in cupboards and closets or stuff them into pet bedding to help deter pests from these areas.
  • Put sachets of lavender in your dryer to scent your laundry and infuse it with magickal intention. These can be reused several times.
  • Add to romance charms.
  • Drink lavender tea on October 18th to discover the identity of your true love.
  • Lavender under the bed ensures passion.
  • Place lavender in your pillow to draw romance.
  • Wear a garter of lavender to protect yourself from witchcraft.

To purchase dried lavender flowers, visit the APOTHECARY.

Learn more about Lavender Essential Oil.

Increase your herbal education by Digging Deeper into other herbs and essential oils.

Disclaimer: Please note that I am a not medical professional and everything written here is a product of my own research. Don’t take any advice given here over that of a trained doctor. If you ingest any herbs, always make sure that you’re 100% sure that they’re safe. If you’re pregnant or giving to a child, always consult a doctor before ingesting herbs and plant you aren’t familiar with. Magickal instruction and spells are for personal entertainment purposes only. The desired result/outcome cannot be guaranteed as a result of using any magickal item, and should not be used as a replacement for medical/professional assistance.

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