The word lavender is commonly thought to derive from the old French term lavandre, meaning “to wash”. This may relate to early uses of lavender in washing clothes, furniture, floors, and more. It was also a frequent additive in Rome’s public baths. Most common thoughts and associations about lavender refer to the Bulgarian variety, which is sometimes called ‘true’ or ‘pure’ lavender for this reason.
References to lavender began over 2,000 years ago. It is mentioned in the Old and New Testaments as ‘nard’ or ‘spikenard’, coming from the Greek term for the flower. Greek society valued the flower greatly and even named a city (Naarda) after it. By reputation, lavender was thought to tame lions and tigers, keep a love one chaste, and ward against the plague. The entire town of Bucklersbury was said to have escaped the plague because of the city’s status at the epicenter of the European lavender industry. It was extremely popular with Victorian-era royalty, leading to it sometimes being called ‘English lavender’. Lavender oil was also a staple in soldier’s burn kits issued during World War I.
Lavenders most well-known use, particularly relevant to the Bulgarian variety, is as a relaxant, sedative, and sleep aid. This may be due to its chemicals linalol and terpineol, which are both a higher percentage component in Bulgarian lavender than other types. Lavender’s ability to aid sleep and increase mental acuity during the day is so strong that some believe it holds secrets to curing Alzheimer’s. Aromatherapy users love using this scent to calm the nerves, reduce anxiety, promote sleep, increase cognitive function, and ease the spirit.
Organic Bulgarian lavender essential oil from Prana Organic Plant Oils is an aromatherapy favorite. You will absolutely love the full floral scent of this oil.
- Common Name: Lavender Bulgarian
- Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia
- Country of Origin: Bulgaria
- Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
- Plant Part: Flowers
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