Provence is a land of legends – and Lavender is a legend unto itself

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Le Musée de la Lavande - Coustellet - Fée LavandulaProvence is a land of legends – and Lavender is a legend unto itself

There was once a lovely young elf maiden whose name was "Lavandula". She was blonde with pretty blue eyes, and was at the origin of all the wild lavenders on Lure Mountain.


Le château du bois - AOCRecognition, guarantees

The existence of the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée for the traditional producers of essential oil or essence of true lavender is a true guarantee and true recognition of their expertise. The appellation d’origine contrôlee is now known as an Appellation d’origine protegee (A.O.P.) or protected geographic origin, and is the only one to bear the name of “Haute Provence”.

Le château du bois - Bougie senteur lavandeThe unrivalled fragrance of true lavender is used by the greatest perfume makers

The use of lavender goes back to ancient times, to the Greek and Roman era. The Romans used lavender to scent their bath water and to scent freshly washed linens. The master glove makers in the French city of Grasse made leather gloves for the high society of France and Europe. The smell of the tanned leather was unacceptable to the finely-dressed men and women, and essential oil of true lavender was used to perfume the gloves and mask the smell of the leather.

Lavender has many properties, including healing properties that have been known since Roman times

La lavande pure - Propriétés médicinalesLavender for healing purposes

True lavender from Provence is a medicinal plant that has been used since ancient times.
The word “lavender” comes from the Latin word lavandula, which comes from the Latin verb lavare which means “to wash”. The Romans used lavender to scent their bathwater.
Lavender was known to be a disinfectant. When the terrible plagues ravaged Provence in the early 18th century, lavender was widely used to disinfect homes and hospitals. Lavender was used in sachets, or on sponges which were soaked in a vinegar solution known as the “vinaigre des quatre voleurs”. Lavender was also burned to keep away miasmas, for it was thought that nice smells kept evil away, whereas bad smells attracted bad feelings or bad health. And actually, this idea is not completely wrong …

A little bit of botanics to recognise true lavender

Do you know the difference between lavender and lavandin?
True lavender grows in the arid Provencal hills above 800 metres altitude. The southern slopes of the Sault plateau and the Albion plateau account for 70% of the population true lavender crop.

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