The scent of lavender is a favorite fragrance for homes and spas. The clean aroma can induce relaxation and may even help you sleep! You are probably used to seeing lavender as a key fragrance in soaps, potpourri sachets, pillow sprays and, of course, our Greenshield Organic laundry detergent, but lavender has uses and a hidden history you may not know about.
Find out more about lavender with these ten interesting lavender facts:
- Lavender comes from the mint family, and a high quality honey can be made from the nectar of lavender plants.
- The scent of lavender repels mice, flies and mosquitoes.
- The Ancient Egyptians used lavender in the embalming process.
- Name "lavender" originates from Latin verb "lavare", which means "to wash". Lavender was used in bathing rituals in by the ancient Romans, due to its disinfecting and antiseptic properties.
- In Elizabethan times, when baths were few and far between, lavender was used to perfume clothes and bed linen to mask body odors.
- During the spread of the Black Plague in the 13th century, Europeans wore bracelets made of lavender to protect themselves against the plague as well as other dangerous diseases.
- It is believed that Queen Marie Antoinette of France decorated the royal palaces with lavender for its scent.
- French teachers used to crush up lavender in their classrooms to calm disruptive and nervous students.
- During the Renaissance, painters used lavender to improve quality of colors on the paintings.
- Dried lavender is an excellent ingredient for cooking and baking. The dried lavender can be used in pork and chicken spice rubs. It can also be infused in milk to create lavender custard, cookies and cakes!
From repelling unwanted insects to warding off diseases, the uses for lavender go well beyond relaxation. Is lavender a favorite scent of yours? What’s your favorite way to use it? Tell us in the comments!