Lavender: The Many Healing Properties of Lavender

Ah the magical powers of lavender. The mere mention of lavender brings to mind fields in France, relaxation, and a peaceful day at your favorite spa. Not only does lavender have a pleasing scent, but it's healing properties are extensive.

Lavender dates as far back as the early Egyptians. The Egyptians wrapped their dead in lavender dipped shrouds. The Ancient Greeks used lavender to fight aching backs, insanity and insomnia. But, the Romans used lavender in public baths, which is where it gets it's name: from the Latin term Lavare: meaning to wash. It's also highly likely that the Romans brought lavender to Britain.

During the Middle Ages, Benedictine Monks used lavender as a medicine. London Peddlers used it as a charm against evil, and as an aphrodisiac. It was used as a plague remedy as well. And it's still used today to keep mice away!

Lavender became ornamental during the Renaissance. It was often used for low hedges, as well as in decorative gardens.

The Victorians also used Lavender in gardens, and were the first to bring the plant inside. They washed floors and linens with lavender water, and used it to repel moths. During the Victorian era lavender was also used in crafts and love spells. It was said that clothing rubbed with the fragrant flower, or lavender placed in drawers with clothing would attract love. And a piece of paper on which lavender was rubbed was thought to be excellent for writing love notes.

During World War I, lavender was used on the front lines as an antiseptic. It was discovered to be excellent for burns, cuts and other skin conditions.

Today France has far surpassed Britain as the world leader of the lavender trade. Today, the French produce over 1000 tons of essential oil annually. It takes 80 pounds of lavender to make 1 ounce of oil; it's very concentrated! To give you an idea: it only takes about 2 drops of essential oil of lavender in a full tub of water to have a relaxing bath time experience.

Lavender has many, many uses. Personally, it is my all time favorite essential oil. Essential oil of lavender's uses are limitless. A few examples: a couple drops on your pillow aids in sleep. Rub a drop on your temples and it alleviates a headache. Put some in a diffuser and as well as having a calming affect, it makes your house smell wonderful. Give lavender a try to let me know if you love it as much as I do. I've attached a couple of helpful links below.

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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

I love the smell of lavender. I actually have so many lavender scented things in my bathroom - hand soap, bath soap, powder. I usually sprinkle some lavender scented powder before sleeping. I always have a good sleep after this. I also use lavender oil in a small lamp which gives the room a wonderful smell.

If it's only possible, I'd like to plant some lavenders too. However, I think they don't grow well here in our country.

Thanks for this wonderful post.

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KatieE39 7 years ago from Colorado Author

Thank you for the comment! I imagine it's really humid there? It's pretty dry here and lavender grows pretty well. Are there any other herbs that you enjoy that grow really well there?

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yuppoquest 7 years ago from Nigeria

Nice Post Katie,I'm Becoming an avid reader of your post...Keep it Up

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KatieE39 7 years ago from Colorado Author

Thank you! I'm looking forward to reading some of your hubs as well.

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jim10 7 years ago from ma

Lavendar is both pretty and useful. I should try growing some.

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KatieE39 7 years ago from Colorado Author

Absolutely! I love it (obviously)! I like to mix the essential oil of lavender with some lotion and put it on my feet at night to help me sleep.

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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

It's my favourite essential oil - I use it in a diffuser too, Just love the fragrance!

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KatieE39 7 years ago from Colorado Author

Me too! It's got so many great uses. It's such a clean smell too.

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glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

I've always heard great things about lavender, like how it can make you sleep better and how soothing it is. Thanks for this Hub!

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KatieE39 7 years ago from Colorado Author

Thanks for stopping by, Glassvisage!

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gjcody 7 years ago

KatieE39 ...great information about lavender ...I was not aware of all the used of lavender. The one about keeping away mice made me smile. How simple a solution.

My best to you Katie!!

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KatieE39 7 years ago from Colorado Author

Yes, I thought that one was interesting too. (-: Thank you for reading and commenting.

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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

Lavender is the beautiful flower. And the smell is good. Therefore it became a material for many industry. especially cosmetic. a little difficult to find this plant in my country. maybe not suitable to plant. But I like see the picture above. thanks for share.

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KatieE39 7 years ago from Colorado Author

Prasetio30: Yes, it is beautiful and to me it smells clean. Maybe it's a bit too humid where you are located for it to grow. Thank you for your comment.

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Wealthmadehealthy 7 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

My favorite use of lavender is in my bath. I find after soaking in it for a bit, it makes me go straight to sleep. It is a wonderful way to end a really stressed out day!!

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KatieE39 7 years ago from Colorado Author

I totally agree, Wealthymadehealthy! I mix some essential oil of lavender in some lotion and use it on my feet before I go to bed. Very relaxing.

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KatieE39 6 years ago from Colorado Author

Thanks for the post, Phil. I'm glad you found some useful information here. (-: I will definitely check out your profile.

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jesusmyjoy 5 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

amen and amen,,ever try devils claw for bones..dandilion root tea..

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KatieE39 4 years ago from Colorado Author

I have not, but will give it a try! Thank you!

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