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About Lavender

Lavender in Medicine BowlLavender History and Uses

Lavender has been revered for its fragrance and healing properties throughout the ages. The name lavender is derived from the Latin word lavare, to wash, and is one of those ancient herbs first used for laundry and for Lavender soaps, due to its refreshing scent.

Lavender grows wild in many forms throughout the world and is indigenous to the Mediterranean, where it thrives in warm, sunny, semi-arid conditions.

Dioscorides, the Greek writer, listed lavender as a medicinal plant in one of its earliest recordings. His writings recommend boiling the flower heads of lavender in water to make brew that was “good for ye griefs in ye thorax”.

In addition to being a wonderfully fragrant herb with beautiful flowers in hues from blue to purple, lavender has marvelous antiseptic, deodorant and insect-repelling properties.