Lavender Hydrolate - Mode of Action and Application
The hydrolate is produced during the distillation of lavender plants. Both the flowers of the lavender (Lavandulae flos) and the essential lavender oil (Lavandulae aetheroleum) obtained from them are used for the hydrolate from the real lavender (Lavandula angustifolia).
Used internally, the oil helps with restlessness, nervousness, general exhaustion and sleep disorders. In addition, the hydrolate can help with severe, painful flatulence and gastrointestinal complaints and, because of its bile-stimulating effect, it can also improve the digestion of heavy foods. It works gently and is therefore good for sensitive people and children.
The use of lavender hydrolate (extract):
- Against insects
- For nervousness and difficulty falling asleep, nervous weakness
- For gastrointestinal complaints, stomach cramps
Lavender hydrolate is overall invigorating, regenerating, stimulates circulation, balancing and promotes falling asleep and staying asleep. In skin care, lavender hydrolate is used for its strong antibacterial effect, especially for oily skin and for skin regeneration.
Lavender hydrolate is also used externally in the form of baths. Here it has been proven to help with circulatory disorders.
The effects of lavender
Many of the over 2000 herbal ingredients contained in lavender have already been discovered and very well researched. The best-known beneficial ingredients are linalool, linalyl acetate, camphor and cineole. Linalool is an important ingredient in lavender and is responsible for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects. Linalyl acetate is partly responsible for the characteristic scent of the plant and has a calming and relaxing effect on the nervous and endocrine systems.
Linalyl acetate plays a significant role in the positive effect on the psyche by, among other things, calming the central nervous system, protecting the nerves from stimulus overload and calming excessive emotions.
- Hydrolate for internal use - Dosage: In case of restlessness, nervousness but also gastrointestinal complaints, the intake of pure hydrolate is recommended. For this purpose, add 1 to 4 drops of hydrolate to a piece of sugar. Let the sugar with the lavender hydrolate melt on the tongue.
- Hydrolate for external use: To promote regeneration of the skin, against inflammation and pain, the lavender hydrolate can be applied externally directly to the skin. It does not need to be diluted. Externally, the hydrolate can be used for skin complaints such as acne, but also for rheumatic complaints and nerve pain.