Lavender is a popular and ancient herb. There are many different varieties used for ornamental, culinary and medicinal purposes. Its name comes from the Latin word lavare meaning ‘to wash’. It also has the reputation of bringing good luck in affairs of the heart. To win the love of the one you desire, you should carry a sachet of lavender flowers close to your bosom.
Throughout history lavender has been used as a calming, soothing herb. It has many beneficial properties: antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, anticonvulsive and antidepressant. Externally it is a soothing and calming herb, good for treating burns. Many chefs keep lavender oil in their kitchens as they are prone to burns! It also soothes sunburn and treats insect bites, small wounds and excema. Lavender's anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties are helpful for aching muscles, easing swelling and improving blood circulation. Only the flowers are used medicinally.