Lavender - Calm
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Lavender Oh Lavender Goddess your fragrance that adorns. Peaceful slumber and virtuous innocence, purity, peace shall you be blessed with. The Only thing that comes in the way is your thoughts. Free and Calm Thy mind and surrender to sweet love.
Lavendula officinalis, Lavender is an aromatic perennial evergreen shrub. Its woody stems bear lavender or purple flowers from late spring to early autumn, although there are varieties with blossoms of white or pink. Lavender is native to the Mediterranean, but now cultivated in cool-winter, dry-summer areas in Europe and the Western United States.
The use of Lavender goes back thousands of years, with the first recorded uses by the Egyptians during the mummification process. Both the Greeks and the Romans had many uses for it, the most popular being for bathing, cooking, as an ingredient in perfume. Lavender was used as an after-bath perfume by the Romans, who gave the herb its name from the Latin lavare, to wash. During the Great Plague of 1665, grave robbers would wash their hands in a concoction called Four Thieves Vinegar, which contained lavender, wormwood, rue, sage, mint, and rosemary, and vinegar; to keep strong.
In Europe, lavender’s protective, love-inducing, and relaxing properties helped commoners to kings. Charles VI of France, for instance, demanded that his pillow always contain lavender so he could get a good night’s sleep, and Queen Elizabeth I of England required fresh lavender in the vases at her table every day of the year. Lavender wasn’t limited to the wealthy, though. It was used among wealthy and poor alike to scent bed linens and clothing. It was hung above the door to protect against evil spirits and added to the bath to drive evil spirits and demons from cranky children and to rejuvenate adults.
Even the church made use of lavender as a strewing herb during holy festivals, particularly around Midsummer’s Eve. English monks grew Lavender in their gardens to rejuvenate themselves.
TYPICAL USES PREPARATIONS
Teas, tinctures, Essential Oils, Aromatherapy, PotPourri, and added to baked goods and Baths. Cosmetically it has a multitude of uses and can be included in ointments/ Salves.
Love, Protection, Sleep, Virtue, Innocence, Longevity, Purification, Happiness, Peace
Folklore tells that a mixture of lavender, mugwort, chamomile, and rose petals will attract sprites, fairies, brownies, and elves.
Due to Canadian Governmental Compliance Laws for Natural Health Products I am unable at this moment to share the medicinal benefits.
There have been scientific studies and historical documentation of the health benefits of Lavender, should you have a interest to learn more on the medicinal properties of Lavender, there is a vast amount of rich information and resources online for you to freely explore.
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