Peace, Harmony, Relaxation
Latin Name: Lavandula angustifolia
Used in incense and magic to create calm at times of chaos. It brings positive sleep and dreams.
In Herbal medicine Lavender is used for relaxation, quieting an over active mind and calming stomach issues and problems
Lavender has a long history in various cultures. It's often associated with love and purity. In ancient Roman times, it was used in baths to promote love and devotion. Lavender was also used to anoint brides and grooms to bring good luck and happiness.
Lavender contains essential oils, primarily linalool and linalyl acetate. These compounds give Lavender its characteristic aroma and contribute to its calming and healing properties.
Lavender is native to the Mediterranean region, but it's now cultivated worldwide. It thrives in well-drained, sunny areas and is commonly found in gardens and on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
- Medicinal: Lavender is widely used in aromatherapy for its calming and stress-relieving properties. It's also used topically in essential oil form for minor burns and skin irritations.
- Herbal: Lavender flowers are used in herbal teas and sachets for their soothing fragrance. The tea is known to aid relaxation and sleep.
- Culinary: Lavender is used sparingly in cooking and baking for its delicate floral flavour.
Lavender is often associated with love, peace, and purification in magical practices. It can be used in:
- Love Spells: Lavender is believed to attract love and devotion.
- Purification Rituals: It's used to cleanse spaces and objects of negative energy.
- Meditation: Lavender's calming scent aids in relaxation and meditation.
Lavender is linked to the planet Mercury, representing communication and mental clarity. Its aromatic nature aligns with Mercury's qualities of perception and expression.
Lavender is associated with the element of Air due to its light and fragrant qualities. It also embodies the element of Water because of its calming and purifying properties.
- Lavender is generally considered safe for most people when used as directed. However, some individuals may be sensitive to essential oils, so it's advisable to do a patch test first.
- Pregnant and nursing women should use lavender products with caution and consult with a healthcare professional.