A to Z Herbarium: Lavender

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Lavender

Love, Protection, Sleep, Chastity, Longevity, Purification, Happiness, Peace

Lavender

 

Lavender is perhaps most used in love spells and sachets. Adorning clothing with the herb will attract love, and rubbing lavender on paper is useful for writing love notes. It’s said to attract men in particular, and lavender oil was worn by prostitutes many centuries ago to advertise their profession and attract customers.

It’s perhaps a little ironic then that during the Renaissance it was believed that if a woman wore lavender and rosemary, her chastity would be preserved. Lavender also protects one against cruel treatment by a spouse if worn.

The aroma of lavender is conducive to long life, and can help ward depression and ease stress. Burning the flowers promotes sleep, and scattering the flowers around the home maintains peacefulness.

Lavender also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and can be used to treat minor burns and cuts, eczema and dermatitis. Washing with lavender can kill lice. Gargling lavender oil with water can ease sore throats. Drinking lavender tea can treat a number of ailments ranging from vomiting and diarrhea, to easing tension headaches and indigestion.

 

Sources:

Cunningham’s Encylopedia of Magical Herbs, Scott Cunningham, 2016, Llewellyn Publications

Safe Alternative Medicine

University of Maryland Medical Center

 

 

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Linda Gardiner - last year

I am enjoying your posts every day!
Confession, I can not walk by a lavender plant without stroking it & smelling my hands. One of the best smells on the planet. I bought some lavender salt at the farmer’s market a couple years ago. I do use it in cooking occasionally. Interesting results.

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    Thanks, Linda! Same here about lavender, it’s one of my favorite herbs.

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Tasha Duncan-Drake - last year

Lavender is such a wonderful scent. I used to use a lavender spray on my pillow, but I discovered it irritated my sinuses so had to stop :(.

I do love the bit about being a guarantee of chastity in one instance and an indication of being availble for hire in another 🙂
Tasha
Tasha’s Thinkings – Shapeshifters and Werewolves

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    I absolutely love the smell of lavender. Yeah, the chastity/”working girl” conflict had me giggling.

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Molly of Molly's Canopy - last year

Fascinating lavender details. I like it to scent dresser drawers and as a calming sachet when under stress. Has no idea about its other attributes given here!

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    It’s a lovely herb. 🙂

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Nick Wilford - last year

Definitely one of the nicest herbs out there. I really like the look of the plant too – very pretty.

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    It’s very pretty indeed. I’d love to grow some, but I’m not sure how well it’ll grow in Sweden.

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Miss Andi - last year

I should’ve found your series earlier: I love learning about herbs.

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    Better late than never, Miss Andi. 🙂

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Tarkabarka - last year

I love lavender 🙂
There is a gorgeous town in Hungary called Tihany, on a peninsula in Lake Balaton. The monks who have been there for 1000 years cultivate lavender, and make things from it (like oils,soaps, etc.). I had lavender ice cream there once. It was lovely, but then I burped lavender for two days…

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    Leave it to you to have the most amazing story about monks and lavender. Would love to visit there. Sounds magical. 🙂

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Shari - last year

Lavender is lovely. Nice post.

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Shari

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    Thanks, Shari. 🙂

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Ronel Janse van Vuuren - last year

Now I know the secret to immortality… Happy A-to-Z-ing.

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    Muahaha! 😉

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JazzFeathers - last year

That’s fun, the way lavanger was use is such different ways in different times 😉

I do like lavander, whether it will give me immortality or not.

@JazzFeathers
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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    Me too! 🙂

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Hilary Melton-Butcher - last year

Hi Sara – Lavender is special … and really evokes nature … lavender beds are a favourite in gardens, as too lavender plants … great tips – lavender should have been used in WW1 – to counteract the lice … cheers Hilary

http://positiveletters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/l-is-for-legendary-beasts-of-britain.html

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    Thanks, Hilary. I’m sure lavender soap would have been a lovely solution to the lice problem in WW1. Maybe not so cost effective, though. Who knows.

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Sage - last year

These are interesting posts and I lavender is always growing at our house in the flower beds and herb gardens.

http://sagecoveredhills.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-letter-l-is-for-lots-in-our.html

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    Any garden with lavender is a good garden. 🙂

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Pamela - last year

I sort of have a love hate relationship with lavender – I love it outside, when there are plants in a garden, but find it a bit overwhelming in the house. Love it when mixed with geranium in massage oil – that’s a great smell.

Pamela @ Highlands Days of Fun

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    It has a pretty strong smell. I can see how bringing it inside might be overwhelming.

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Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine - last year

I have lavender oil and I put it in a diffuser at night because I read it helps with sleep.

~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    I should try that as well. Sleep and I have a love/hate relationship. 😉

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Deborah Weber - last year

Whenever I think of lavender I always remember a quote from one of Alice Hoffman’s books: “Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.”

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    That’s a great quote. 😀

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Sylvia van Bruggen - last year

My favorite herb!!!

I just love the smell of lavender. I really wish I had gone to the Provence when the lavender was in bloom.

And given that I am wide awake in the middle of the night, I could use some lavender to burn! 🙂

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    It’s one of my favorites too! I also struggle with sleeping–lavender for both of us!

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Michelle Wallace - last year

I have to say that lavender always conjures the image of a sweet and gentle old lady with white hair, who carries an old-fashioned lace handkerchief.
That’s a stereotype, isn’t it?

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    Haha yes. I think lilacs conjure that image for me more than lavender, but it’s definitely a culprit. Add in rose to the mix as well. 😉

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susan scott - last year

As I clicked onto your post I immediately thought of bees and voila and lo, there is the lovely photograph! Thank you for all your lovely posts Sara.

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    I love honey bees, so I was happy to find a lavender picture featuring them so wonderfully. 🙂 Thanks for reading, Susan!

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