Lavender has many properties, including healing properties that have been known since Roman times
Lavender 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 …
Lavender is also said to be the “Swiss army knife” of aromatherapy for it has always been acknowledged and used for its medicinal properties. Ever since the writings in the 1st century by Dioscorides in Materia medica, through to Rene-Maurice Gattefosse who gave rise to modern aromatherapy in 1928, lavender has consistently been used.
Today aromatherapy benefits from progress made in analyses methods, in particular chromatography. The aromatic components can be specifically identified, helping medicine better understand their actions and the mechanisms for such action, and thus to better prescribe them.
Lavender is the emblematic flower of Provence. Due to its many virtues, essential oil of true lavender is the most widely used oil in aromatherapy. It is used in treatments:
- insomnia (2 to 3 drops on the pillow), irritability (diffused in the air), for headaches (massaged on the temples), stress (5 to 6 drops in the bathwater). Lavender is very calming.
wounds and burns (1 to 2 drops), dry eczema (2 to 3 drops on a piece of cotton gently patted on the eczema – no rubbing), bedsores, sunburn, insect bites. Lavender is a disinfectant and promotes scarring.
- colds and sinusitis (1 to 2 drops in an inhalation mist). Lavender fights against infection.
- sore throat (1 to 2 drops on a sugar cube or in a teaspoon of honey).
- aches and cramps (a few drops in a rub). Lavender is relaxing and soothes pain.
- against lice (1 drop behind the ears as prevention), intestinal parasites (1 drop on a sugar cube every day for 3 days). Lavender is a great antiparasitic.
Important: all these different uses apply only to true lavender (population Lavandula angustifolia).
Lavandotherapy uses the beneficial properties of the flower of true lavender, of essential oil of true lavender and of the hydrolat in the form of baths, massages and other treatments to calm the nerves, improve relaxation, and heal skin problems.
There are increasing numbers of users of true lavender and their demands for excellent quality are met by the outstanding quality of our products.
Growers tend to use the term “essence” whereas perfumers use the word “extract”. Aromatherapists tend to use the word “essential oil”. All these words describe exactly the same product.