"The air was fragrant with a thousand aromatic herbs with fields of lavender, and with the brightest roses blushing in tufts all over the meadows." - William C. Bryant
Imagine standing in a field of purple budding shrubs, the sun caressing your cheeks. A slightly floral scent with a bit of rosemary underneath; wrapping you in a big hug. Soothing your senses, relaxing your mind and draining the tension from every muscle in your body. This is lavender. Representing serenity, grace and calmness. A quote from The Color Purple, "I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple somewhere and don’t notice it." That’s how I feel about fields of lavender. You can’t not notice it. It is one of the first essential oils I experimented with on my natural care journey.
The uses of lavender, today, are myriad. An antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal; it is used to soothe the sting of bees, relieve migraines, and ease wounds…. You can experience the relaxing aromas of lavender in our Lavender Eucalyptus CBD Salve. It supports joints while relaxing muscles, as well as tension.
Just a little note about using oils undiluted. Lavender is one of very few essential oils that can be used undiluted or neat as some may say. If choosing to use it undiluted, it should only be done occasionally and only short-term. If you have a burn and need it right away, that might be a good reason. I can recall a time when my friends and I were popping fireworks with our kids for 4th of July. One of the kids unfortunately got burned, minor burn. Her screams were ear piercing. I immediately pulled out some lavender essential oil, because you know…it’s always good to have certain essential oils with you. After putting the lavender on her now blistering skin, she finally calmed down in about 5 minutes or so. I was so grateful that day for carrying my essentials oils. Some may think that’s a weird thing, but I…think it’s an "essential" thing. Also note: if it is a major burn, the hospital is ALWAYS the best bet.
Lavender can be used dried, fresh, or as an oil, allowing for many uses in bath products, skin care like our Pampered Beauty face oil, as well as cosmetics, perfumes and cleaning products. A few drops of lavender oil and sage oil in water can be used for mopping your floors. The scent is amazing and can cleanse negative energy from your space. Make sure you test a corner of your floor before trying this though, to be sure it doesn’t discolor your hardwoods or tile.
It is used in the kitchen for honey infusions, teas, and cooking. In the kitchen, it is also used in salads, desserts. A little different, but definitely a must try. It’s also an option to be used in meat marinades. For culinary purposes, French Lavender is probably the best choice, since it has less oil than English Lavender.
Lavender may also help with sleep and some say, lucid dreaming. My bedtime self-care routine includes a cup of lavender tea, a sachet under my pillow, and a bit of oil in the diffuser to help me move into a deep sleep. Oh, did I mention, I love lavender and the way it relaxes and soothes my stresses away? Yes… yes, I do.
A few notes from a long and rich history about this fragrant purple bud.
It was first discovered in the Middle East, India and the Mediterranean about 2500 years ago. There are many varieties cultivated all over the world, the most common being Lavandula Angustifolia (its scientific name). Best known to many as English Lavender. Ancient Egyptians used it in the mummification process, while Romans used it in baths. It is believed that tanners during the Bubonic Plague did not contract the disease because they used lavender to tan hides. There are so many uses for this wonder of a plant that it would take quite some time to even scratch the surface.