History of Lavender Used over 2,500 years ago Latin root, lavare meaning “to wash” or livendulo meaning “livid” or “bluish” Egyptians used in mummification process Christian reference in the Bible The Phoenicians and the Arab World used it as perfume Roman Empire and North Africans used the oils for bathing, cooking, and to freshen the air
History of Lavender (Cont’d) Around 600BC, spread across Europe from Greece to France and England In Medieval and Renaissance Europe, was used to protect against infections such as plague or cholera European royalty fondness for lavender during Victorian Era (Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, and Charles VI of France) In modern times the plant was rediscovered by Rene Gatefosse for its essential oils and aromatherapy World War I. wound dressing, disinfect in hospitals
Benefits of Lavender (in general) Lavender produces slight calming, soothing, and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled. Its fragrance is used in soaps, shampoos, balms, perfumes, cosmetics, and topical applications Used in sachets for scenting clothes or wedding confetti Repels insects and moths
Benefits of Lavender (in general) Cont’d Calming effect on pets and children in vehicles Used in Integrative medicine, such as massage, acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation Aromatherapy to slow nervous system Essential oils will help with re-growth of hair
Benefits of Lavender Benefits of Lavender in modern day medicine
Children: oral use is not recommended since it is toxic used topically, but diluted to treat skin infections, minor cuts and scrapes; use it in aromatherapy by dropping oil in boiling water, inhale vapors for headache, depression, or insomnia
Inhalation – 2-4 drops of oil in 2-3cups of boiling water, inhale vapors for headache, depression, or insomnia; Tropical external application: add 1-4 drops per tbsp of base oil such as almond or olive oil.
Herbs of any kind can trigger side effects and can interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. It is strongly suggested that pregnant women should not be using lavender.
Field of lavender in Provence Photo credit: wayfaring.info