Lavender has been used for over 2,500 years. Ancient Persians, Greeks, and Romans used to add lavender flowers to their bath water for purification. Many ancient texts say that these ancient civilizations also used lavender for medicinal and religious purposes. The Greeks and Romans burned lavender incense to please their gods, while the Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Arabians used lavender as a perfume and a disinfectant. The plant also played a role in mummification.
Interestingly, the word “lavender” comes from the Latin word “lavare,” which means “to wash.”
In medieval times, meanwhile, lavender flowers were scattered on castle floors to ward off infections and bad odours. During the Great Plague of London, people believed that tying sprigs of lavender around their waist can protect them against the dreaded Black Death.
Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is the most versatile of all essential oils. Most commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body, therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for the skin. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations. The fragrance is calming, relaxing and balancing – physically and emotionally. Carrying a bottle of lavender around with you is like having your own personal first aid kit, perfume and pick-me-up.
Rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms, then use the inhalation method to draw the scent all the way into your amygdala gland (the emotional warehouse) in your brain to calm the mind. Then, rub on the feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body. Great for use in crowded areas like planes or subways to carve out your own personal oasis.
Again, use the cupping and inhalation method. Then, rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.