Spices, herbs, tinctures and essential oils have been used for millennia to season our food, heal our bodies and boost our spirits. In our Throwback Thursday (#TBT) series, we at re:iimmune will take you back in history to learn how these gifts from Mother Nature have been used. We’ll focus on their use through the ages and beneficial purposes in regard to nutrition, natural health and household care. Today we focus on the sweet benefits of lavender!
One of the most popular herbs/flowers on the planet, lavender is believed to originate from the Meditteranean and parts of the Middle East and India. The name lavender has its roots in in the Roman word “lavare” which means “to wash” as it was used frequently to scent baths, hair and beds. The herb, which is a member of the mint family and contains high amounts of camphor, is known for deterring mice, fleas, mosquitos and other pests. Through the years, it gained quite a reputation with ancient herbalists for its disinfecting and sanitizing abilities and it’s many healing qualities.
Here are some fun facts and uses for lavender . . .
- In the language of flowers, lavender is associated with devotion, luck and success
- High quality honey is often made from the nectar of the flowers
- Most plants produce blue or purple flowers but there are some pink and yellow varieties
- The herb is often used to promote sleepiness and calm relaxation
- Lavender buds are covered in fine hairs which is where the oil comes from, extracted in a process called distillation
- The plants do not produce seeds and are propagated by cutting or root divisions.
- It is drought tolerant and can thrive even in very high temperatures
- Lavender plants will attract bees and butterflies to your yard
- A few whiffs of the oil are said to help with dizziness
- According to some studies, in high doses it can destroy many common bacteria such as pneumococcus, streptococcus, diphtheria and typhoid
- Highly beneficial in relieving muscle tension, aches, soreness and headaches
- Used often in cooking meats and sweets, it’s part of the popular blend Herbes du Provence