The origin of the lavender plant is believed to be from the Mediterranean, Middle East and India. Lavender plants have flowers whose oil has been used for thousands of years in everything from perfumes to mummification in Egypt.
The history of lavender goes back some 2500 years! In Ancient Egypt, lavender was saved for the Gods and the royals. 3,000 years after King Tutankhamen’s tomb was sealed, the lavender found within when it was opened in 1922, still retained some of its fragrance. There are also stories that Cleopatra seduced Julius Caesar and Marc Antony while wearing a lavender perfume.
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Lavender plants are flowering plants of the mint family known for its beauty, its sweet floral fragrance and its multiple uses. Many people use lavender essential oil for restlessness, insomnia, nervousness, and depression with great results. The oil contained in lavender has sedating effects that calms the nerves and relaxes the muscles.
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Some people add lavender to bathwater to treat circulation disorders and improve mental well being. By inhalation, lavender is used as aromatherapy for insomnia, pain, and agitation related to dementia. An infusion of lavender is claimed to soothe and heal insect bites, sunburn and small cuts, burns and inflammatory conditions and even acne. It is a wonder plant for sure.
Today lavender is cultivated across its countries of origin as well as Europe, Australia, New Zealand, North and South America. Dried lavender flowers have become popular for use at weddings as decoration, gifts and as confetti for tossing over the newlyweds. Currently, there are sizable studies being conducted to find the effect of lavender on cancer; so far, they have found it has reduced the size of breast cancer tumors in mice.