Lavender is an amazing flower that has been used for at least 2,000 years! It is actually part of the mint family and has a light floral scent. It used in dry or oil form as well as freshly cut.
The Egyptians used it during mummification process and residue was even found in urns in the pyramids. The word itself comes from lavare, which is the Latin meaning to wash.
The Romans learned from the Greeks to use it to scent their baths, beds and clothes before they discovered its medicinal properties. During the Plague, it helped to protect against infections. English royalty requested it in the castles for daily fresh flowers and as an added scent while cleaning. One of the first aromatherapy founders burned his arm in his lab and immediately soaked it in lavender oil. He was inspired by the quick healing without any infection or scarring.
Lavender is most often known now to help promote peace and calmness,especially when trying to sleep. A study by the University of Leicester in England actually showed that lavender oil is just as effective for sleep as traditional medication. Many British hospitals even offer pillows filled with lavender to help patients sleep through the night.
Dried lavender is often added to sachets to add a floral scent to clothes and drawers, just like it was originally used. It can also be used in decorations and gifts because of its pretty purple color.
Lavender essential oil can be used to make an air spray when mixed with water. Although it smells nice, it is also used for a variety of medicinal purposes. The oil from the flower is known to be an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, and even a disinfectant.
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