There is more to Lavender
that meets your eyes and nose!
Lavender, with its strong heavenly scent and bold blue/purple flowers is among the most recognisable plants around. Synonymous with the summer and the french countryside, Lavender is the perfect flowering plant for bouquets. Not only is it a perfect accompaniment to a flower arrangement, but lavender is also full of medicinal, aesthetic and culinary purposes. For example, the heavenly scent of lavender is well known to have a calming effect on humans and animals, often used to aid sleep. You can buy lavender pillows, lavender soap and also lavender essential oil that will all help to calm and relax you. So what other facts do you know about lavender? In this blog post we will cover some of the top 5 interesting facts about this heavenly herb.
Interesting facts about lavender
Lavender has many uses
Lavender originating from the latin word ‘Lavare’, meaning ‘to wash’ is still used in this sense today. You will often find lavender scented soap, body wash and lavender infused creams readily available in the shops. Lavender is also used in many home cleaning products too, not only because of its beautiful scent but also because of its antibacterial properties.
Lavender also has many medicinal properties too. It can soothe burns, induce sleep, reduce anxiety and stress and treat aching muscles and joints. It is an amazing flowering plant with so many benefits. Like many herbs, you can also enjoy lavender in your food, from lavender infused cakes to lavender lemonade. The lavender plant has so much to offer.
Lavender has anciet roots
Originating from the mountainous regions of western europe, north africa and southwest asia, Lavender has been grown for over 2,500 years. Many years ago Egyptians grew Lavender in Egypt and used it throughout the mummification process to perfume the corpse. The ancient Greeks used the lavender for medicinal purposes using it to help to heal cuts, burns and calm toothache.
In 1665 lavender cost the most it has ever cost, holding this high price because it was believed to ward off the dreaded black plague. Grave robbers, who would ransak the graves of the plague victims would make, what later became known as, “theives vinegar”. A mixture of lavender and vinegar thought to protect you from the plague with the added benefit of hiding the awful smell. The doctors in the plague would also put lavender into their masks to help hide the awful stench of the plague.
In colonial times lavender was often used to scent the bedding and clothing, helping to ward off moths, fleas and ticks. Dried lavender is often used today to help ward off moths in clothing. Often inserted in small pouches and put into folded clothes.
Lavender is highly symbolic
Lavender is highly symbolic. Symbolising purity, silence, devotion, serenity, grace and calmness. The colour of lavender, purple, symbolises royalty and speaks of luxury, refinement and elegance. The colour purple also represents the crown chakra, which is the energy centre of the body and responsible for your higher purpose and spiritual connectivity.
Lavender is often added to a bridal bouquet or buttonhole to symbolise devotion to your new husband or wife, bringing good luck and purity to your special day.
There are hundreds of different varieties of lavender to choose from. The most common varieties are French and English lavender; there are many differences between these two popular varieties. French lavender is generally larger and will grow between 2 – 3 feet tall and wide. English lavender is smaller and more compact than its French rival and may grow up to 2 foot. The English lavender tends to have smaller flowers with a traditional scent. The French lavender has a headier scent and the flowers go over quicker. English lavender is known to be much hardier.
Spanish lavender is much like its French counterpart, with a similar flower and scent. This variety is often used more for landscaped gardens than for its lavender oil properties.
Lavender comes in more colours that purple
Given that this plant is literally named after the colour of its main varieties, many people do not realise that Lavender also comes in different colours, not only purple. Whilst this is certainly true for the majority of the varieties, the spiky flowers also come in violet, rose, pale pink, white and even yellow. Interestingly the change in colour does not have an effect on the lavender plants fragrance. In fact there is one lavender variety called “white grosso’ that is known for the strongest scent of all lavender plants.
For more information about lavender and the varieties that are available take a look at the Royal Horticultural Society.
Why we love lavender
As you can see lavender has many uses. ranging from medicinal to romantic. This is why we have many flower arrangements and floral bouquets that have lavender in them. Looking for just a bunch of lavender to keep in your room? No worries you can order online now and we will deliver it by bedtime.
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