Love for Lavender


We are well into spring now and lavender is one of our garden’s beauties to unfold its splendour. The colour, the scent, the bees busily buzzing around, it is hard not to love lavender. There aren’t many herbs around which can claim being as well known and widely used throughout centuries and cultures. With its both relaxing and stimulating energy, lavender seduces one at the first sight, enchanting both the body and the spirit.

Used in and on the body, in cooking and around the house (ah, those aromatic linens!) or just for the pure pleasure of the eyes, lavender has countless benefits and qualities. It is soothing, calming, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-microbial, healing and rejuvenating. More on its properties here.

Lavender is my go-to for wound nursing, headaches, respiratory issues as well as a sleeping aid, to perfume my daughter’s bathwater, for a lovely evening tea or when I feel under pressure or a bit down. And if you haven’t tried a fresh lavender champagne, it should be on your must-do list this summer. 😉

 

Lavender is amazing in itself, but it also blends beautifully with bergamot, sage, peppermint, chamomile, geranium, rosemary, eucalyptus, palmarosa, juniper. No wonder it’s so widely used in mists and nourishing balms for skin. And, of course, you can find most of these combinations in our facial oils.

Stay fresh and enjoy your spring! 🐝 😇

PS. Pictured above it’s a flamboyant Victorian bred lavender called The Princess, which is the first lavender (or shall I say pink?) bush to bloom on our property. 😍

 

Lavender

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is one of the most powerful herbs of all time.
The word “lavender” is derived from the Latin lavare meaning “to wash”, due to the Romans’ use of the herb in laundering – bed linen and clothes were dried over lavender bushes, which acted to scent the cloths.
Lavender has a long list of properties for the skin including: anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, cell regenerating, cleansing, detoxifying, healing and balancing sebum production.

Lavender is suitable to all skin types and is safe for everyone including children and pregnant women, but is best for blemished, sensitive, oily and devitalised skin. It is also used in treating almost any skin condition including: acne, allergies, blackheads, bruises, sunburn, chapped skin, dehydration, dermatitis, eczema, inflamed skin, sagging skin, seborrhea and stretch marks. It prevents wrinkles and scarring, helps relieve skin irritations and clear acne.

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Background image by Stefania in our garden :P