Lavender water is made from the steam distillation of lavender flowers, which leave behind a beautiful scent and various properties of the herb. Lavender has been used for asperging since the time of King Solomon's Temple. As a Mercury herb, lavender is good for attracting love from any gender--splash some on or add to your bath. It also aids in concentration and in scholarly pursuits--make yourself a nice compress with lavender water as part of a study break. This is especially helpful if you are learning a magical skill, such as tarot. First distilled by Hildegaard of Bingen in the 12th century, lavender water is one of the oldest fragrances of European culture. It is nice for sprinkling on sheets, especially for those with insomnia, and on clothes when you know you are going to face an especially trying day.
• Cooking - Lavender is an incredibly versatile herb for cooking. In today's upscale restaurants, lavender water is making a comeback as enhancements to the flavor of foods and drinks.
• Cosmetics - The natural lavender water is excellent skin toner, prevents skin dryness and gives fresh look of the face. Nourishes the hair and makes it soft and shiny. Lavender water may be used an after bath splash or natural perfume that refreshes the skin and uplifts the senses with the scent of lavender
• Aromatherapy - The scent of lavender is known for its relaxing properties for children and adults. Place some lavender water in a spray bottle and spritz a room to create calm. Aromatherapists also use lavender as a tonic in inhalation therapy to treat headaches, nervous disorders, and exhaustion. Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used externally in a healing bath for circulatory disorders and as a rub for rheumatic ailments (conditions affecting the muscles and joints).
• Medicine - In folklore, pillows were filled with lavender flowers to help the restless fall sleep. There is now scientific evidence to suggest that aromatherapy with lavender slows the activity of the nervous system, improves sleep quality, promotes relaxation, and lifts mood in people suffering from sleep disorders. Studies also suggest that massage with essential oils, particularly lavender, may result in improved sleep quality, more stable mood, increased mental capacity, and reduced anxiety. In one recent study, participants who received massage with lavender felt less anxious and more positive than participants who received massage alone. Lavender flowers have also been approved by the Commission E in Germany as a tea for insomnia, restlessness, and nervous stomach irritations. A little bit of lavender water sprayed on to your pillow at night will help you relax and dose off.. After surgery, a daily compress of Bulgarian Lavender water on the inflamed tissue is known to rejuvenate the skin to prevent scarring. Bulgarian lavender water is immunoactive and is, in addition, an effective antibacterial when treating dermatitis, burns, eczema and other rash conditions
• At home - Lavender water can be used when pressing your linens, especially pillowcases, to infuse with its soothing, rest-inducing scent. Just add the scented water to your iron, as you would water to use the steam function. As far back as Egyptian and Greek times, people have used lavender for cleaning and adding a fresh scent to laundry. The best way to use the lavender linen water is by adding 1/2 cup to your rinse cycle of the washing machine. Another good method is to spritz Lavender Linen Water on pillowcases or sheets as they come out of the dryer, before folding. Keep linens and apparel feeling renewed and refreshed. Lavishly spray on fabrics while pressing them with an iron. For a more intense scent, pour the water into your iron or steamer.