What is Lavender?
Lavender (Scientific Name: Lavandula) is a plant that belongs to the mint family. It is mostly found in Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, Mediterranean region, Europe, northern and eastern parts of Africa, southeast India and southwestern Asia.
Lavender grows well in dry, sunny areas and on well-drained soils.
Most lavender flowers are in blue or purple.
Lavender Flower Meaning
Lavender is a plant that rich in history and myth.
The Lavender flowers message is one of refinement and royalty! Its beauty and aroma speak of grace, elegance and femininity.
Lavender can also mean devotion, luck, success & happiness.
Benefits of Lavender
1. Purify air
Lavender is said to purify air. Place lavender bunches in a contained area such as living room, dining area, study and bedroom. They help to freshen the air. Natural lavender is a good alternative to artificial air fresheners, which might contain toxins, chemicals or allergens.
2. Promote relaxation
Lavender scent is able to calm and promote relaxation. It has a soothing effect when inhaled.
3. Improve sleep quality
The lavender scent can help relaxing the lungs that will help you to sleep better at night.
4. Boost memory
Just place a lavender bunch next to the workplace or study desk. The natural lavender scent will help to mitigate the anxiety level, improve concentration and thus having a better memory recall.
5. Repel pests/ insects
Unlike human, pests such as mice, flies, mosquitoes and moths cannot stand the smell of lavender. Many people keep bunches of lavender in their homes to repel unwanted pests/ insects.
Interesting Lavender Facts
1. "Lavender" originates from Latin verb "lavare", which means "to wash".
2. Over 2500 years ago, ancient Egyptians were using lavender during the process of mummification.
3. Lavender was important part of bathing rituals in the ancient Rome because of its disinfect and antiseptic properties.
4. Lavender may have been introduced to Britain by the Romans, and was used medicinally in the Middle Ages.
5. Europeans were wearing bracelets made of lavender to protect themselves against plague and other dangerous diseases in the 13th century.
6. Lavender was used in art during the period of Renaissance. Painters (including famous Rubens) were using lavender to improve quality of colors on the paintings.
7. Back in the Elizabethan times, when baths weren’t common practice, lavender was used to perfume clothes and bed linen.
8. During the Black Plague, which hit London in the 16th century, lavender oil and alcohol were taken as a way to ward off the disease. Bunches of lavender were sold in the streets in an attempt to ease the smell of the dead and dying.
9. By the 16th century, lavender was being used all over England to help scent laundry and toilets. It was also thought to ward off bedbugs, and was routinely sewn into sheets.
10. Queen Marie Antoinette of France is said to have decorated the royal palaces with lavender for its scent.
11. Lavender essential oil was used in hospitals during WWI.
12. In French, classrooms teachers used to crush up lavender to calm disruptive and nervous students.
13. Bees love lavender and nectar from lavender plants are used to make high quality honey.
14. To add natural fragrance to your carpet, drop dried lavender buds down before using the vacuum.
15. Lavender has antiseptic, antibacterial, analgesic and anti-depressant properties. It is used in treatment of headache, insect bites, burns, acne, muscle and joint ache and insomnia in the folk medicine.
16. Lavender can be used as natural "insecticide". When planted near the roses, lavender keeps aphids on a safe distance.
17. The lavender bud is covered in tiny hairs — that is what contains the essential oils.
18. Lavender plants don't produce seeds. Propagation is done by cutting or root divisions.
19. Lavender grows in the form of small shrub that can reach 3 feet in height.