Lavandula officinalis syn. L. angustifolia
Common & Other names
Huile Essentielle de Lavande,
Lavande à Feuilles Étroites,
Lavande des Alpes,
Lavande du Jardin,
Lavender Essential Oil,
Herbs have many uses and meanings, from culinary delights in the kitchen, to aromatherapy scents for healing, to medicinal for health to spiritual meanings.
Every herb has spiritual meanings which have been handed down through the ages. In the past, herbs and plants were an integral part of life and therefore had meaning on all levels.
Some of the spiritual meanings have come through different spiritual groups that used herbs in their spiritual practices.
The Victorian Age in England took the language of flowers and made it into a wonderful way of saying things with flowers instead of words.
Flower lore is also another avenue for the uses of flowers and herbs in the past.
In their spiritual uses, herbs are not used internally but instead used in the bath, in rituals, perhaps just tucking a fresh herb sprig under your pillow.
When you rest your head on your pillow at night, just inhale and let the scent take you somewhere within to your spiritual center.
What is important here is, the intent that you put into your thoughts while your relax into the language of flowers and herbs.
Lavender is for:
Ecstasy – that’s what you feel when you inhale the fragrance of lavender!
Lavender connects with God awareness,
to help with fears of aging,
for fears in general,
helps facilitate altered states of consciousness
Wear lavender to draw love
It is a symbol of truth and parity
The shrubby herbal plant called the lavender is a common sight in the South Europe. The lavender is also cultivated and grown in many other places, especially the southern and western regions of the United States, where it is also a common sight. The plant grows best at sites with a good exposure to sunlight; in general the lavender prefers dry and sunny places for optimal growth.
The lavender is multi branched and possesses a woody stem averaging in height from six and twenty four inches – it is thus, a small shrub. Lavender bears opposite placed leaves, each leaf is very narrow, and can range anywhere from three fourths of an inch to two inches in length, the leaves are gray green in color, and they tend to be tomentose in shape.
The flowers bloom from the month of June through September in the fall, however, the blooms of one variety persist a little longer – the L. latifalia – into late fall. The flowers are baby blue in coloration and are small sized flowers; the flowers have a strong smell. Each flower branch ends in spikes borne at the end of lengthy floral stalks. The best smelling of the flowers are the flowers borne by the L. angustifolia sub species. In general, all lavender varieties have flowers which contain a richly perfumed, colorless and volatile oil made from linalyle acetate and a hydroxycoumarin compound known as herniarin – these compounds find use in the perfumery and cosmetic industries.
The scent of the lavender has been prized for thousands of years and the plant has been valued as a scented herb in many civilizations of the past. The mind and the body can be relaxed and soothed down by the inhalation of an herbal infusion or herbal tincture made from the essential oil of the lavender, smelling the lavender flowers also induces this effect in the body.
The Meaning & Spiritual Meaning of Lavender
Lavender is well known as an aromatic plant that is used in perfumes and oils. Lavender is also used as an herb by culinary specialists to add scent and flavor to dishes. The plant belongs to the Lavandula genus. The word “lavender” is also used to refer to the color of the flowers that grow on the lavender plant, a pale purple that is lighter than lilac.
Lavender plants are often grouped by the region in which they grow. English lavender (Lavandula augustifolia) is the most heavily scented variety of the plant. Lavender originates in the Mediterranean, though it is grown around the world. The plant needs full sunlight and well-drained soil to grow. Lavender is a hardy plant that’s easy to grow in many different climates.
The Romans named lavender flowers, though the plant appeared in many ancient civilizations. In Egypt, lavender was used in cosmetics and embalming products. The Greeks used lavender oil as perfume for their bodies. In Rome, lavender was widely regarded as a healing herb. Included in insect repellents and bath water, lavender was taken internally and topical in ancient Roman societies. In the Middle Ages, lavender flowers were grown and used by monks as medicinal herbs. The flowers became popular in England during the reign of Henry VIII, where lavender was used to sweeten the smell of linens, the air and even furniture polish. During the Victorian era, lavender oil again became a popular perfume among women.
Looking at the spiritual qualities lavender is known for:
Release of Energy Blockages
Easing of Tension
Lavender Color Meaning
The color lavender, a soft shade of purple, is strongly feminine. Because purple is the color of royalty, the color lavender also speaks of elegance, refinement and luxury. Lavender-colored flowers speak of wealth and wisdom when given as a gift.
Flowers that are lavender in color aren’t found on lavender plants alone. Some lavender-colored flowers convey their own special meanings when given to others. Sterling silver roses, which are lavender in color, convey a message of love at first sight and enchantment. Some types of catlaya orchids, delphiniums and freesia flowers also have lavender-colored blooms.Catlaya orchids send a message of calmness in the language of flowers, a code for flowers first developed by the Victorians.
True lavender flowers from the lavender plant also have their own special meaning. When given as a gift, lavender flowers represent purity, silence and luck. Lavender flowers also convey a message of devotion.
It’s flowerly, light aroma is pleasant and pleasing. Lavendar is a cool color, not so much in popularity but in tone. The yin-yang balance of lavender points to the feminine side, being very supporting of our ability to turn inward and increase our awareness.
Lavender and Love
Does lavender have special magical properties?
It has been used for centuries in the area of love, used to scent love letters, or used as a perfume to attract the opposite sex.
Back in the Renaissance days lavender would be combined with rosemary and used to secure the chastity of a woman.
Health and Lavender
Natural Healing Properties of Lavender
Lavender is a component of compounds used for herbal and alternative medicine and aromatherapy. Its sweet essence has made its way into shampoos, oils, and lotions. However, that is not the best way to get its healing benefits.
It is best used in tinctures, as an essential oil, in teas, salves and other preparations.
Lavender essential oils are gathered from the flowers of the lavender plant. You can use lavender in a bath, diffuser, or mist. As with any essential oil use caution to avoid eyes and other sensitive parts of the body, and use sparingly.
One of the most common uses of lavender essential oil is for calming and rest, promoting peaceful sleep and a feeling of happiness. Lavender may help alleviate migraine headaches.
There are many levels of quality when we look at purchasing any essential oil. The trick is to preserve the delicate life of the plant, the essential oils. One of the best methods to extract the powerful healing properties of lavender is the method “steam distilled” to ensure high concentrations of the essential oils of lavender or Lavandula officinalis.
Here are the facts about the natural healing properties of lavender:
Lavender is a lot more than just a pretty herb. Its medicinal properties have been known for centuries.
Use lavender today to heal everything from headaches to fungal infections and anxiety to insomnia.
Before using any type of natural healing therapy instead of or in conjunction with conventional medicines, consult your doctor.
Lavender oil has antiseptic properties.
The volatile oils in the lavender are a powerful antiseptic, and have been shown to have a good effect against pathogenic bacteria such as the strains responsible for diseases like diphtheria and typhoid, it is very potent against the streptococcus and pneumococcus strains of bacteria.
The oil of lavender is extracted from the actual flower and not the leaves or seeds. It is good for cleaning scrapes and cuts that may contain foreign material. Use lavender oil to clean surfaces in your home to lower your bacterial count.
The remedy made from the lavender herb is also very effective as an external disinfectant in the treatment of all kinds of cuts and wounds, helping heal all kinds of sores and ulcers on the body.
Linalol is an active substance in lavender that heals sores, burns and other wounds. Pain and inflammation are reduced at the site of pain.
Lavender reduces anxiety and other nervous conditions.
prolonged anxiety, chronic and persistent nervousness, as well as in alleviating the physical symptoms induced by excessive stress such as tension headaches, persistent migraine, cardiac palpitations and sleep disorders like insomnia.
The emotions are said to be brought into balance by the application of lavender oil, it is said to elevate flagging spirits, helping in relieving depression and enabling the person to overcome inner disharmony and mental problems.
The stimulating effect of the lavender is another potent property of the herb, the remedy brings a tonic effect on the nervous system, and it helps to restore the vitality to individuals affected by long term nervous exhaustion and mental trauma.
Create a sachet with soothing leaves and tuck it into your drawer or under your pillow. Add essential lavender oil to your bath Water for a calming bath.
Use water infused with lavender leaves to soothe painful joints and muscles.
For headaches, apply lavender oil to a cotton ball or your fingertips and massage slowly into your temples. The smell will relax you as the oil eases your headache.
Lavender is used in aromatherapy massage as a muscle relaxant.
Massaging the oil into the skin unknots the muscles of the back and reduces a spasm, which can be helpful during a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Lavender can be taken as a diluted essence. One or two drops of the essence in a glass of water can be taken internally for many conditions such as Depression, hysteria, and fainting.
Using lavender in an oil diffuser helps with insomnia. The sweet woody smell of the lavender oil helps you to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Lavender has also been used as an expectorant.
breaks up the mucous from nasal and chest congestion that accompanies a cold. It is also useful in remedies for other respiratory conditions.
The herbal remedy can be taken in the form of an herbal tea, it can also be inhaled as dispersed oil or used as a vapor rub. Used topically, the lavender is capable of alleviating common colds, chronic coughs, problems such as asthma and persistent bronchitis, problems like pneumonia, the flu, persistent tonsillitis and laryngitis in affected individuals.
The disorders of the digestive tract
in particular are greatly eased by the relaxing effect of the lavender, the herbal remedy soothes muscle spasms and eases colic related to mental tension and anxiety. It is also very effective in helping relieve abdominal distension, in relieving persistent flatulence, spells of nausea as well as indigestion. The lavender herbal remedy boosts a flagging appetite, enabling the person to absorb the maximum amount of nutrients from the diet.
A lavender herbal tea or tincture is also useful for the treatment of stomach and bowelinfections that are accompanied by vomiting or diarrhea as symptoms.
When prepared in the form of a hot herbal tea, the remedy made from lavender induces sweating and helps reduce the elevated body temperatures in case of fevers.
The body is also detoxified by the lavender remedy; the herb rapidly eliminates accumulated toxins in the body through the skin and the urine as a result of its mild diuretic effect.
The tissue repair and restoration process in the body is also stimulated by the herbal remedy resulting in the minimization of scar formation especially when the volatile oil is applied next to the burns.
The diluted oil is used in the treatment of disorders such aseczema, chronic acne and varicose ulcers in the affected person.
Lavender can be used as a tincture to treat fungal infections such as vaginal yeast.
Inhaling lavender oil can help with pain management, especially after surgery.
Interesting to note is that WebMD has more information on the uses of Lavender and also considers it to be a Vitamin or Supplement.
<<click the link above for more information directly from the WebMD site.>>
In the world of aromatherapy lavender must be the most widely known and used of essential oils.
Feng Shui and Lavender
Feng Shui focuses primarily on the flow of energy, whether we are talking about architecture or home decoration. It is advised to use lavendar or any purple color sparingly. In Feng Shui and health it is thought that the color purple could trigger blood disease, but it is fine as an accent. The lighter purple shades like lavender is popular for meditation rooms.
The color purported is associated with the crown chakra, the energy center associated with higher purpose and spiritual connectivity. The crown chakra, or 7th chakra is located at the top of the head and the vibration of the crown is the highest vibration in the physical body. When we look into the world of gemstones and crystals a popular crystal is Amethyst, which is available in pink or lavender, and is a very powerful healing crystal.
Lavender Jade Uses and Purposes – Overview
As a stone of spiritual purification, Lavender Jade is an excellent crystal to use on retreats or during meditations. It helps in releasing cynicism and suppressed anger, and to embrace an attitude of serene acceptance. [Simmons, 214]
Jade is the stone of calm in the midst of storm. Its action balances nerves and soothes cardiac rhythm. A piece of Jade kept in a pocket or on a pendant to stroke from time to time recharges energy, and traditionally guards against illness. Jade may also be used to temper the shock or fear of the very young or very old being cared for in the hospital or away from home and family. [Megemont, 99][Eason, 266]
Jade is excellent for healing feelings of guilt, and for extreme cases of defeatism. It also treats “pathological normality,” an excessive desire to adapt oneself to a group, even if it is sect-like, exaggerated militarism, a follow-the-leader attitude, or the compulsive desire to give in to general opinion to belong no matter the cost. [Megemont, 99]
As a professional support stone, Jade aids doctors, nurses, veterinarians, and all healers in making practical diagnosis and in their applications. It is a support stone for educators, and Jade, carved in the form of a faith symbol, is uplifting to military personnel. [Mella, 130-133]
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Growing, Caring For & Harvesting Lavender
For almost anything you grow you will need to know what ZONE you live in.. there are 4 basic ways you can find this out online:
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The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location.
you could also check climate & energy zones, however they may not be of much help since they do NOT provide information for planting.
Short of copying the whole page of information to post here, I am directing you to Mountain Valley Growers who have one of the best informational sites on growing Lavender I have run across. They also cover the different varieties of Lavender & which ones will produce seeds along with the problems associated with starting your lavender from seed. Please click the following link.
Labyrinth Hill offers classes that will show you what exactly to do ..
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You Can Do With Lavender
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VIDEO: Growing Lavender – Remove Dried Lavender Buds
There are so many different recipes for Lavender that I am going to only post the search link here for them
and you can choose whichever site you wish to visit for your specific needs.
By Lisa Kessler My warmest evening greetings to you, Lucius, as well as anyone else who may be reading this account. I wanted to chronicle the events surrounding my recent "secret admirer". I know that these modern times have been difficult for you, my friend, and I hope that my tale might ease your spirit and maybe even bring hope back into your immortal heart. I also battled loneliness and boredom. Finding a reason to awaken each night became difficult for me. After centuries on this earth, I could no longer find any mystery in the world around me. I caught myself doing the same things night after night. What is the mortal saying? Variety is the spice of life? Well, my friend, I was a woman without variety and I was suffocating in the monotony of it all. That is until one night in February when I found an anonymous gift at my door. I remember that night with such clarity. The water was cold when it spilled over the sides of the vase and onto my fingertips. I should have been watching the water rise, but I couldn't take my eyes off of the flowers. They were lying on my doorstep when I awoke that night with a card that read: There is a language, little known, Lovers claim it as their own. It's symbols smile upon the land, Wrought by nature's wondrous hand; and in their silent beauty speak, Of life and joy, to those who seek. For love divine and sunny hours, In the language of the flowers. - Anonymous I poured some of the water back into the sink, and quickly placed the flowers inside of the vase. They were so beautiful, with their happy little bursts of color and bright yellow centers. I had seen these flowers on occasion when I traveled along the western coast of America, but I couldn't recall their name. They looked like hundreds of small daisies. The gift lightened my spirits, but it was the card that intrigued me. My anonymous gift giver challenged me with the verse. Over the millennia I have lived, I have mastered many languages, but the language of the flowers? Could there be such a thing? For the first time in years, Lucius, a challenge was laid before me, a mystery to be solved. With the vase of flowers centered on my table, I hurried out into the night. Excitement and intrigue fed my mind instead of blood. I could always feed later. For now, I rushed to the local library. After a brief mental coaxing of the guard, he let me inside of the building and locked the door behind me to assure that I would not be disturbed. Within a few moments, I was searching through the botanic encyclopedia for the name of the flowers I received. Quickly I found a photo of the tiny bright yellow blooms. My anonymous friend had left me Aster flowers. They were in fact, from California. The note had mentioned the "language" of the flowers, so what did Asters mean? I wandered the aisles until I found a small leather bound book without any of the library's markings on its binding. Carefully, I slid it from the shelf and felt my pulse quicken when I saw the title read "The Language of the Flowers". Oh Lucius, I wish I could describe how alive I felt at that moment! A delicious feeling of purpose washed over me. For the first time in years I was learning again, and living in the process. I carried the book back to my reading table and thumbed through the old pages in search of Aster flowers. A smile crept across my lips when I discovered that an Aster flower was a symbol. Asters represented love. Who would go all the way to California to bring me flowers as a symbol of love, and then leave them secretly at my door? Of course I thought for a moment of my Dante, but then I knew it couldn't be him. Our love was timeless, yes, but over the centuries we had grown apart. He was my maker, my one true love of an endless lifetime, but he hadn’t been my partner in over one hundred years. When I struggled with boredom and contemplated walking into the sun,I didn’t even know where to find him. Either way, Dante had never been a sentimental man, and never with flowers. But if not him, then who? The following night, I rushed from my resting place as soon as the sun began to set, intent on catching sight of my admirer. To my surprise, I found that a new flower was already waiting for me on the doorstep. No immortal could have come and gone so quickly, the sun was still setting. So the mystery of my admirer's identity continued. I brought the new yellow flower inside, instantly recognizing it as a single Daffodil. Another card was attached that read: Daffodils, That come before the swallow dares, and take The winds of March with beauty. - Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale The scent of the flower took me back to my mortal home. I remember walking through the marketplace in Rome as a girl. The smell of Daffodils perfumed the air. In those days, it was believed that the sap from the flower would help to heal wounds, so many of the merchants had the bright yellow flowers for sale in their booths. But I fear I am losing myself in the fond memories. Again, I withdrew the book of flowers and looked up the Daffodil. I felt breathless for a moment when I read the words in the book. The Daffodil did have a meaning... "the sun always shines when I am with you". Considering that I have not seen the sun in a millennia, the words held an even deeper meaning and affection for me. I placed the Daffodil into the vase in the center of the cluster of Asters. The yellow of the Daffodil brought out the tiny yellow centers of the Asters, making a delightful arrangement that reminded me of the impending spring. I couldn't help but smile each time my eyes fell upon the vase. I looked forward to waking each night as my "language lessons" continued. My vase now contained Amaranth, symbolizing immortality and undying love; white and red carnations, symbolizing pure and deep love, and finally a single red rose, meaning perpetual love. I tell you, Lucius, I couldn't take my eyes away from the beauty in that vase. Last night I received Ambrosia blooms with a note attached which read: Love is like a river without end. It flows and changes only to return again to the source of its strength the heart of its power To the one whose love turns bud into flower. After nearly a week of flowers, prose, and hidden meanings, I still hadn’t caught sight of my admirer or deciphered the gift giver's identity. But when I opened the book and looked up the Ambrosia, it was suddenly clear to me. I felt alive with anticipation and desire. When would he come to me? Where would we meet? I rushed out of my home to feed and shop for new clothing, leaving the book open on the table to the Ambrosia flower. The Ambrosia symbolized old love returning. Tonight I received the seventh and final addition to my bouquet. Tonight I added the tiny red Viscaria flowers to my vase. I stood back and admired the beauty that bloomed and lit up the room with its color. The meaning of the Viscaria was simple. "Dance with me." Why am I sharing this story with you, my friend? Simply, because until recently, I lost my faith in love and romance. Eternal life became a monotonous chore until someone took the time to teach me this new language. Only love can make eternity bearable, and love is still out there. Even for beings such as we, my friend. Eternally, Maya ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Epilogue: The air was electric as I stepped into the warm dance club. So many thoughts from the mortals around me assaulted my mind that I quickly built a mental wall, silencing the chaos. Scanning the crowd of writhing bodies, I saw him standing at the bar. His ice blue eyes locked with mine from across the room, and the intensity smoldering in them left my ancient knees weak. I watched him swim through the sea of mortals, never allowing his gaze stray from mine. His strong arms caught my waist and drew me close as his lips met mine in a hungry kiss. I could hear my heart pounding in my ears as his familiar scent lit the fire of my thirst. His fingers tangled in the back of my hair and my body responded. How had I survived so long without his touch? Pulling back from the kiss, I caressed his cheek as I whispered, "Dante. It is you. After all these years, you are still my Dante…" He nodded, his lips brushing against my ear as he whispered, "Always, my love. No one else will ever own my heart as you do. I love you, Maya.” He drew back, his eyes searching mine as he took my hand. “Come, dance with me..." ~~The End~~ (For Marvin we had Walking on sunshine, a weeping willow tree & Schmo was my invented word.)