Lavender has a relaxing, soothing and anti-inflammatory effect. Used in the form of oil, tea or bath essence, it can alleviate nervousness, sleep disorders and headaches, and soothe irritated skin.
For one cup of lavender tea: add one teaspoon of dried or two teaspoons of fresh lavender flowers to boiling water and leave to infuse for around 5 minutes.
Add one cup of lavender flowers to one litre of water and bring to the boil. Strain and add to bathwater. The temperature of the bathwater should be 28-38 degrees.
Enjoy a relaxing bath for 15-20 minutes. It is then advisable to lie down for at least 30 minutes. So the best time to take a bath is directly before going to bed.
For headaches, rub your temples gently with lavender oil. Lavender oil is best bought at a pharmacy.