The Romans were apprehensive when it came to lavender. They were convinced that the asp, a poisonous snake, lived amongst the lavender bushes. But this didn’t stop them from enjoying the benefits of lavender. They let someone else do the picking, and bought the dried flowers at the market. Due to this, dried lavender was actually one of the more expensive medicinal items on the market.
Lavenders scientific name, Lavandula, comes from the Latin lavare, “to wash.”
The historic use and recognition of lavender is almost as old the history of man. As a herb, lavender has been in documented use for over 2,500 years.
In ancient times lavender was used for mummification and perfume by the Egyptians, Phoenicians, and the people of Arabia.
The scent of lavender deters mice, flies, mosquitoes and other pests.
In the language of flowers, lavender can mean devotion, luck, success, happiness or distrust.
During London’s great plague, people would tie bunches of lavender to their wrists to fight infection and bacteria.
Lavender was used 2500 years ago in the mummification process in Ancient Egypt.