Lavender Flowers Profile
Also known as
(spp- intermedia, officinalis and angustifolia) English lavender,
Broad-leaf Lavender, Grande Lavander and True Lavender
is aromatic perennial evergreen shrub. Its woody stems bear lavender or
purple flowers from late spring to early autumn, although there are
varieties with blossoms of white or pink. Lavender is native to the
Mediterranean, but now cultivated in cool-winter, dry-summer areas in
Europe and the Western United States. The use of Lavender goes back
thousands of years, with the first recorded uses by the Egyptians
during the mummification process. Both the Greeks and the Romans had
many uses for it, the most popular being for bathing, cooking, as an
ingredient in perfume, healing wounds, and as an insect repellant.
Discorides wrote that taken internally, lavender would help with
indigestion and sore throats, and externally to clean wounds and burns.
Lavender was used as an after-bath perfume by the Romans, who gave the
herb its name from the Latin lavare, to wash. During the Great Plague
of 1665, grave robbers would wash their hands in a concoction called
"Four Thieves Vinegar", which contained lavender, wormwood, rue, sage,
mint, and rosemary, and vinegar; they rarely became infected. English
folklore tells that a mixture of lavender, mugwort, chamomile, and rose
petals will attract sprites, fairies, brownies, and elves.
oil containing borneol, camphor, geraniol, and linalool, also
coumarins, caryophyllene, tannins, and other antioxidant compounds.
tinctures, and added to baked goods. Cosmetically it has a multitude of
uses and can be included in ointments for pain and burn relief.
has been thought for centuries to enflame passions as an aphrodisiac,
and is still one of the most recognized scents in the world. The German
Commission E commended lavender for treating insomnia, nervous stomach,
and anxiety. The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia lists lavender as a
treatment for flatulence, colic, and depressive headaches, and many
modern herbal practitioners use the herb to treat migraines in
menopause. In Spain, lavender is added to teas to treat diabetes and
For best results, avoid heating the herb directly with boiling water, although a simmer is fine.
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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 18 March, 2010.