In celebration of the amazing botanicals and oils that infuse our blends and fill your bottles, we’re shining the spotlight on one special ingredient every month. Each flower, herb, carrier oil or essential oil has a very specific reason for being in your blossom jar product, and we’d like to share its unique story.
From medicinal properties to the ways they were used throughout history, we hope you’ll come to love and admire our natural ingredients as much as we do! First up: lovely lavender.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
The history of lavender is age-old, with passages in the Bible mentioning the spiky flower. The ancient Greeks put lavender in their baths to purify the mind and body. English farmers prevented sunstroke and headache by tucking spikes of lavender under their hats. And up until World War I, lavender was a well-known wound disinfectant.*
But perhaps the most interesting use of lavender was during the Great Plague of London in the 17th century, also known as the Black Death. Many who survived claimed that lavender saved their lives. For those who could obtain lavender, they would tie stalks around their wrists and drink concentrated tinctures of the herb. It may sound far-fetched, but we now know that fleas transmitted the Plague, and it just so happens that fleas are repelled by lavender.
Far less serious than the Plague, lavender has also been linked with love and romance. According to legend, Cleopatra used lavender to seduce both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Centuries later, Victorian brides followed her lead and tucked lavender into their wedding bouquets, believing it would bring luck and devotion.
Scientifically, lavender has more than 150 active compounds that make it therapeutic for a number of medicinal uses, including anxiety, insomnia, depression, digestive problems, wounds and menstrual cramps. When it comes to skin, lavender is wonderful for treating acne, redness and burns. It also protects skin from bacteria, keeping it healthy and smooth.
Have a bug bite? A dab of lavender essential oil helps bring the inflammation down immediately. And a beautifying cup of lavender tea? Delicious!
We love this herb so much that we infuse pure lavender blossoms into all blossom jar Face and Body moisturizers, and mix lavender essential oil into our Normal, Dry, Hormonal, Oily and Sensitive face oils.
Here’s to celebrating Mother Nature in each and every bottle of blossom jar!
*Historical information on lavender obtained from “The New Healing Herbs” by Michael Castleman.