The Story of Lavender

The Story of Lavender

The Story:   The recorded use of Lavender goes back 2,500 years. The name is derived from the Latin word “lavare”, meaning “to wash” as it was historically used to scent Roman baths for relaxation.

One of my favorite herbs and essential oils is lavender.  Its therapeutic benefits are vast, and its use goes as far back as antiquity.

Did you know….

  • Lavender’s native habitat is found in the sunny, mountainous regions of the Mediterranean.  It’s likely it spread throughout the rest of Europe by the Romans.
  • It’s name is derived from the Latin word “lavare”, meaning “to wash” as it was historically used to scent Roman baths for relaxation.
  • Lavender’s recorded use goes as far back as Pharaohs of ancient Egypt.  It’s ancient folklore that Cleopatra seduced Julius Caesar and Mark Antony with lavender’s sultry scent.
  • With its use in western culture going as far back 2,500 years, there are approximately over 150 different cultivated varieties.
  • Lavender essential oil is extracted from the fresh flowers of the lavender plant.  It takes approximately 11 pounds of fresh lavender flowers to make one ounce of essential oil.
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