What is the history of Lavender?

Lavender has been used through the ages, even its name reflects its past- possibly deriving from the Latin ‘to wash’ or livere ‘to be bluish in colour’.

It was the Romans who really brought the use of lavender into Europe. They used the flower heads in their communal baths not only for their fragrance but probably as an antiseptic as well.

The ancient Greeks are also thought to have used lavender for treatment of throat infections and chest complaints.

In medieval times herbalists advised lavender use to prevent head lice.

For many centuries lavender flowers have been tied into small bundles and placed into pillows or laundry to make them smell pleasant and keep bugs away.


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