Lavender is a plant whose essential oils today is used for many purposes. It has many uses, such as for cosmetic baths, to fight stress, to be sprayed onto the pillow for better sleep and even to be applied directly to the skin to help healing acne and fight various infections.
In this article, we present to your attention some really interesting facts about the lavender’s history and origin and lavender products use:
- They say the home of lavender is not really France, as many people assume, but Arabia. The plant was brought to Greece from Asia, in the year 600 BC, to spread the Greek traders. Much later it has reached Hyeres islands near France and starts to grow there.
- Lavender was used 2,500 years ago durin the mummification in ancient Egypt.
- Many people say that Cleopatra used perfume with lavender water to seduce her men like the history says – Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.
- The ancient Romans used lavender as they were burning twig to protect their homes from insects.
- The origin of it’s name is from Latin and it is “livendula” – bruising, bluish or “lavare” – to wash.
- In Europe, the cultivation of lavender dates from the Middle Ages.
- Today the fragrant plant is grown all over the world. Lavender farms are located throughout England, Australia, Europe, Asia and the United States.
- Queen Victoria wanted her wooden furniture to be cleaned and polished with a solution containing lavender oil. Furthermore, she regularly drank lavender tea to relieve headaches and to soothe stomach pains.
- During the great plague in London, people tied lavender bouquets on her wrists to protect themselves from infections and bacteria.
- Lavender has been used on the battlefield during the World War II to relieve the pain of the wounded soldiers and protect their wounds from infection when there was not enough medical supplies.
- The first document about the healing powers of lavender in early 1900.