by Jacline La Flèche
It is said that the blond blue-eyed fairy Lavandula was born among the wild lavender on the mountainsides of Lure. Years passed and she was looking for a place to live and, on turning the pages of her notebook of landscapes, stopped at the page for Provence. She began to weep, seeing these poor, uncultivated fields; and her hot, lavender-colored tears splattered the open page. Wanting to hide the evidence of her tears, the fairy dried her blue eyes, but now it was even worse, because the lavender-colored droplets spread across the page. Not knowing what to do, she made a huge blue sky for Provence to hide all traces of her tears!
Ever since that day, lavender has grown on these lands, and the blonde, blue-eyed young women of the region have iridescent sparkles the color of lavender in their blue eyes, especially when, at the end of the afternoon at the height of summer, they look up at the metallic sky over the fields of lavender in flower.
But what can lavender offer our beauty regimen?
The name Lavandula was given to the plant by the Swedish botanist Karl von Linné, drawing from the Latin lavare, "to wash," alluding to this plant's use, since ancient times, in bath salts, ointments and perfumes. Lavender has long been renowned for its perfume and calming properties, used to treat headaches and insomnia. It's also a good natural antiseptic.
The Egyptians included lavender in their preparations used in mummification.
Lavender calms the central nervous system. It has a harmonizing, soothing and relaxing effect on people who are overwrought or overexcited. The list of lavender’s uses in folk medicine is somewhat longer. The following indications are reported: poor appetite, congestion of blood in the head, flatulence, colics, nausea, dizziness, fainting, migraine, headaches, stroke, weak nerves, jaundice, diseases of the liver and spleen, beginning dropsy, palsies, painful limbs, rheumatism and gout.
The direct application of a few drops of pure or diluted essential oil is all that is needed to reap its beneficial effects. o Applied to the temples, essential oil of lavender eases headaches. o On the solar plexus, it promotes relaxation and sleep. o Applied behind the ears, to the nape of the neck or in any other strategic body region, it will repel lice, mosquitoes and flies. o When diffused in the air, it purifies the air and gets rid of unpleasant smells such as cigarette smoke or cooking odors. o In the bath, it ensures a moment of pure relaxation. o Applied directly to burns, cuts or insect bites, it promotes quick healing. o Applied to the lower back with a gentle massage, it reduces the pain of labor contractions.
Calm and serenity in your bath
A few drops of essential oil of lavender, with its calming and relaxing qualities, encapsulate a scent full of warmth that is conducive to tranquility. It's ideal for relieving tension and combating the effects of stress and nervousness, allowing you to become peaceful and relaxed. A warm bath in the evening can help you fall asleep, a balm for the body and mind that's particularly helpful to those who are stressed or tense, or for agitated children.
Looking for an organic facial scrub? Combine:
- 150 g coarse salt
- 100 g fresh or dried lavender flowers
- 375 ml sweet almond oil
- 25 drops of essential oil of lavender
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