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Nothing can compare with the fresh clean smell of lavender.
Originally found in Mediterranean countries, this perennial herb has long been prized for its perfume and medicinal qualities. Used by the Romans to scent their bath water, lavender derives its name from the Latin lavare, meaning “to wash.”
The aromatic lavender flower has natural antiseptic and astringent properties and is well known as a stress reliever. Applied topically, lavender can soothe and protect sunburned skin. A cloth soaked in cold lavender tea makes a soothing compress to relieve headache. For sunburn, apply a tea compress twice a day.
How to make lavender tea
To make lavender tea, add 5 to 10 mL (1 to 2 tsp.) dried lavender flowers to 250 mL (1 cup) hot – not boiling – water. Steep for five to 10 minutes, then strain.