Lavender comes from the Mediterranean region, the Canary Islands and India. Plant name from the Latin lava (washed) and reflects the antiseptic and hygienic properties of lavender, which the Romans added to the bath for freshness and flavor, but also used for washing and cleaning in the absence of soap. In the ancient world, lavender, as well as some other aromatic herbs, was of great religious, cultural and commercial importance. The ancient Egyptians cultivated lavender, which was called the Indian spikelets, in the sacred garden of Thebes. Costly incense of lavender have been an important subject of international trade, and was accompanied by notable people throughout life and even after death — Lavender was part of the embalming. In 1922, the remains of lavender were found in sealed ballot boxes with incense Tutankhamun: the smell persisted for 3,000 years! Accompanying man from time immemorial, lavender firmly established in the religious culture and mythology. It is assumed that banished from paradise Adam and Eve, God gave useful herbs to alleviate the severity of his earthly life. Among them were the rosemary and lavender — «to maintain the spirit of rosemary, lavender to delight the soul.» Another beautiful Christian legend claims that amazing smell of lavender granted herself the Virgin Mary in gratitude for the fact that the clothes dried lavender bush baby Jesus.

Botanical Reference

This evergreen shrub reaches a height of about half a meter.



Its erect stems are oppositely arranged leaves.

Leaves linear-lanceolate, entire, the edges are bent down. At the lower leaves on both sides of stationery, dairy pubescence.

Purple flowers arranged false whorls that form an intermittent ear. Each whorl is composed of 6-10 flowers.

It blooms from July to August. Homeland lavender — western Mediterranean. In Germany, it is grown in the gardens of which sometimes «run away» and runs wild. For medicinal purposes use specially grown lavender.

We collect and store

It is necessary to start collecting as soon as a blossoming flower. The inflorescences are cut, hung out to dry, and then rob the flowers. The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation.

A useful composition

The main ingredient of lavender — very pleasant-smelling essential oils of flowers. Furthermore, it can be called tannins, flavonoids, phytosterols and coumarins.

The use of traditional medicine

The flowers of lavender calming effect on the central nervous system and the nervous system of the respiratory tract.

Due to the presence of tannins they have the effect of fixing with diarrhea, especially when occurring with signs of fermentation. To what extent can the flowers of lavender and cholagogue.

Currently, one of lavender flowers tea do rarely, usually they are part of the mixture to be

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