PROPERTIES: cooling, bitter
Lavender’s latin name, Lavandula, comes from the word ‘lavare” or “to wash”. Lavender was used by the ancient Romans to scent the public baths. Women who washed clothes were called “Lavenders” because they spread clothing over lavender bushes to dry.
Lavender has been used for at least 2500 years, used in the mummification process in ancient Egypt. Monasteries have planted Lavender in mass amounts in “psychic gardens” for hundreds of years.
most common variety for cooking & medicine
likes cool weather
leaves are more fragrant than flowers
similar to rosemary
pineapple-shaped blossoms with bunny-ear petals
long spikes of highly fragrant flowers
Calms the nervous system
Fights bacterial & viral infections
Helps to dispel mild depression
Banishes negative energy
Calms nervous stress
Helps to prepare for sleep