Tasmanian Organic Lavender, like many herbs, benefits from Tasmania’s unique climate which seems to stimulate many herb species to produce high levels of active constituents.
Lavender is one of the best-loved fragrances in the world and has been used as one of the most essential herbs throughout history. The Romans are known to have used lavender to scent water in their bathhouses and laundries, while the soldiers used it to heal wounds and treat infections. It is just as important today. From lavender essential oil to lavender soaps and teas, this vibrant purple flower makes a statement and although there are dozens of species, only Lavandula angustifolia or English Lavender is suitable for culinary use. The full glory of the blues, purples and pinks can be seen flowering from late November to mid January in Tasmania.
Lavender tea, made from the fresh or dried flowers, offers a delicate flavour and aromatic fragrance that boasts extensive health benefits, the most well known of which is its ability to induce calm, making it the perfect bedtime tea. The relaxing effects can help improve sleep by, according to multiple scientific studies, helping to calm brain function by triggering chemical reactions in the nervous system and boosting the production of dopamine and reducing the stress hormone known as cortisol. One such study found that lavender increases the percentage of deep slow-wave sleep, which is considered the restorative sleep phase.
It also contains high amounts of antioxidants and antibacterial compounds that can help fend off the common cold and flu. Studies have shown that it also contains vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium.
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