Lavender is a herb of love – and we love it! Easy to buy at your favourite garden centre, easy to grow and maintain , and easy to use too.
Check out below how to make your own lavender oil or lavender lemonade.
Used since Roman and Greek days as a medicinal herb, an insect repellent, an aromatic oil and for bathing, the name Lavender comes from the Latin word lavare meaning to bathe or wash. That may have something to do with it being one of the “Herbs of Love” (especially in medieval Europe).
Lavender’s natural home is the Mediterranean region, the Middle East and India, and English Lavender isn’t English! History tells us that Lavender only grew in England from about 1265 on.
It was probably introduced to England by a conqueror who like to smell good and wouldn’t travel anywhere without his favourite herb. No wonder then, Lavender is one of the main ingredients in the world famous Eau de Cologne, 4711, named after the street number of the 18th century inventor of “water from Cologne”.
Use 2-4 cups of fresh flowers, pale and non-scented oil to cover the flowers in a sealed container (glass is best) leave in a warm spot for 48-72 hours – done!
Decant into a pretty bottle for a lovely homemade gift or use as massage oil yourself.