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Latin name: Lavandula angustifolia
Common Names: lavender most commonly true lavender or English lavender, though not native to England; also garden lavender, common lavender, narrow-leaved lavender
Origin: native to the Mediterranean (Spain, France, Italy, Croatia)
Distribution Area: it has been widely introduced outside the origin area and is frequently found in cultivation all over Europe
It is a strongly aromatic shrub growing as high as 3.3 to 6.6 ft tall. The leaves are evergreen, 0.79–2.36 inches long, and 0.16–0.24 inches broad. The flowers are pinkish-purple (lavender-colored), produced on spikes 0.79–3.15 inches long at the top of slender, leafless stems 3.9–11.8 inches long.
The healing properties of lavender were known to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Infusions and essential oil were recommended drinking to women for conceiving and increasing fertility after prolonged wars. In far medieval times, it was a herb "for all occasions": it was treated with infectious maladies, liver and spleen diseases, wounds, ulcers, burns, venereal diseases, spasms, convulsions, heart pains, nervous disorders, migraines, gout, rheumatism. Of course, the famous French perfumers couldn’t but get along without lavender.
TRUE LAVENDER COMPOSITION
- essential oil (60% linalyl acetate)
- organic acids (acetic, caproic, valerian, ursolic, oily)
- terpenic alcohols (borneol, geraniol, cineol)
- bitter principles
ESSENTIAL LAVENDER OIL
Lavender essential oil is obtained by distillation with water vapor. It is a liquid of yellow-green color, bitter to taste, with a pleasant scent of lavender. The main production is concentrated in Italy, Bulgaria, Moldova, France and Russia. The healing properties of lavender oil are the same as those of the flowers of the plant, but are even more pronounced. First of all, oil is valued by terpene alcohol linalool.
“She does love lavender because it’s the color of transformation”
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