Sunday, May 14, 2017

Lavender

Lavender is an evergreen plant native to the Mediterranean area. There are at least 28 species in the genus Lavandula.

The Latin name Lavandula comes from the ancient use of this plant to perfume water for bathing. Lavender derives from the Latin word lavare meaning to be washed. What is commonly known as English lavender is in fact most usually L. angustifolia.

The next most common lavender for commercial use is usually called spike lavender (L. latifolia), also known as Spanish lavender or Portuguese lavender.
The plant grows to a height of about 3 feet (1 meter) and has lilac-colored flowers. It is regarded as one do the most useful and versatile essences for therapeutic purposes.

Herbalists have used the essential oil for head pains, loss of consciousness and cramps. In the Middle Ages, lavender was thought to an herb of love, but it worked both ways. Although it was considered and aphrodisiac, a sprinkle of Lavender water in the head would keep the wearer chaste.

In the nineteenth century, lavender was used to mask unpleasant smells, and Victorian ladies were immediately suspicious when they entered a room smelling of lavender.
Lavender
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