Lavender has always been a favorite herb of mine. I love it's scent. I have an eye pillow that is filled with its dried flowers. Just laying it across my eyes and lying back for a short bit can help me get rid of headaches, and completely relax. From time to time, I have burned lavender in the form of loose incense during meditation. I have also used lavender essential oil for aromatherapy. Not too long ago, I made a blogging friend who has a home in Provence. Over the months she has posted many pictures of the flowering lavender fields. So bright and beautiful that I can almost smell their aroma. I imagine the perfume of all of those plants being quite intoxicating.
|(Dried lavender flowers)|
In Ancient Rome, lavender was recognized for its healing and antiseptic properties. It was used as a form of bug repellent, and was also used in washing.
|(Senanque Abbey in Provence, France)|
Lavender would see a renaissance in Tudor England. King Henry VIII 'disolved' monasteries, so lavender became more of a fixture in personal gardens, usually the gardens of 'ladies of the manor'. It was often grown next to the rooms where laundry was done, and washed items were laid on top of lavender to dry and absorb the plants lovely aroma.
Queen Elisabeth was a fan of lavender and used it in a tea to treat her frequent migraines. King Charles VI of France was also a lover of the aromatic herb, and had his seat cushions stuffed with it.
|(Engraving of the Great Plague in Marseille)|
|(Right: Queen Victoria)|
|(Lavender essential oil)|
Today, the largest producer of lavender is Provence, France. The Romans can be thanked for that as they were the ones who first brought the plant into that area. Some other producers of lavender are Belgium, Spain, Australia, Japan, and the US.
|(Symbol for the Crown Chakra)|