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Fun Fact: Lavender

April 13, 2012

It has been a long, long time since I’ve written a Fun Fact post—eight months in fact! Much to my surprise, the last Fun Fact post on PORK RINDS has ranked as my #2 all-time favorite post, right after “Disciple 101.” I must admit … it’s a little humbling that facts about pork rinds override all other posts! But hey, people love to eat and learn fun facts!

This time I wanted to share about Lavender, because I received a bottle from Provence, France, as a gift and was fascinated by all the information in the pamphlet that came with it. All of this information is from The Lavender Museum.

The Romans originally used lavender to scent their baths and their newly-washed linen. However, it has been used since the first century. Pedanius Dioscorides (40-90 AD) was a Greek physician, pharmacologist, and botanist. He wrote a five-volume encyclopedia, “De Materia Medica,” about herbal medicine that was widely read and used for over 1,500 years and was translated into Latin, Green, and Arabic. This historical book gives information about the medicines used by the Greeks and Romans, as well as information about 600 different plants and how they can be used for medicinal purposes.

Rene-Maurice Gattefosse (1881-1950) was a French chemist who coined the term “aromatherapy” and launched modern aromatherapy practices that are used today, including much of the uses of lavender.

Fine lavender that is 100% pure and natural can be used in many ways:

 Lavender Soothes

  • Insomnia—2 to 3 drops on your pillow
  • Irritability—spray in the air
  • Headaches—massage on temples
  • Stress—5 to 6 drops in your bath

Lavender Disinfects and Heals

  • Cuts and burns—1 to 2 drops
  • Eczema—2 to 3 drops on cotton wool smoothed on patch
  • Bedsores, sunburn, insect bites—2 to 3 drops

Lavender Fights Infections

  • Colds and sinusitis—inhale 1 to 2 drops
  • Sore throats—1 to 2 drops on a sugar lump or in a spoonful of honey

Lavender Relaxes and Relieves Pain

  • Cramps and rheumatism—rub in several drops

Lavender Fights Parasites

  • Head lice—1 drop behind the ears as a precautionary measure
  • Intestinal parasites—1 drop on a sugar lamp; take three days running

I found all of these uses of lavender so interesting and have even begun to use a few drops on my pillow when I can’t sleep and on my daughter’s mosquito bites. Besides being effective, it smells pleasant!

 Did you realize lavender could be used for all of these purposes? Do you like the scent of lavender? What would you use lavender for?

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    April 13, 2012 9:21 am

    I would use lavender to hid the smell of those pork rinds …

  2. April 13, 2012 10:03 am

    I love lavender! I used to mix it with water to spritz my hair! Awesome piece!

  3. April 14, 2012 10:08 am

    I just planted lavender in my tiny urban garden yesterday afternoon! I hope it grows, because it is so wonderful.

    The yoga studio I practice at hands out wash clothes soaked in lavender-infused water at the end of every class. I don’t have the words to describe how nice that cloth feels and smells while resting at the end of a tough class.

  4. April 14, 2012 4:40 pm

    Wow I never knew!
    I will have to try lavender next time I get a migraine

  5. April 16, 2012 6:15 pm

    Ugh… I’m definitely NOT a fan of lavender!! 😉

    • April 16, 2012 8:23 pm

      Really? What scents do you like? Sometimes lavender can be really strong, almost medicinal smelling.

      • April 16, 2012 10:40 pm

        I actually don’t like very many really strong scents… I prefer just clean and airy for the most part! When I get a massage or a pedicure with essential oil, I like rose.

        • April 17, 2012 9:42 am

          I like rose, too! I got a rosebud for Mother’s Day last year, and the smell of those fresh roses is the best!

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