Lavender has been used for thousands of years not only for its perfume but for its disinfectant, healing and soothing qualities. The name comes from the Latin verb ‘lavare’ which means ‘to wash’. Romans used lavender in their bath water and it was also used to heal wounds from sword cuts and burns. Lavender oil was used to repel insects by rubbing onto bed legs, children’s hair for head lice and lavender pouches were placed in wardrobes and cupboards. To save the life of a dog bitten by a snake, hunters would wrap the wound with a poultice made from lavender as it stimulates the immune system and acts as a natural antibiotic.
Lavender oil is used in massaging as it can balance the nervous system. It is an antiseptic used in cuts, bites, burns, dermatitis and for every inflammation of the skin. It is an anti depressive and it can help to deal with psychological shocks and everyday tension. It is suitable for oily hair and revitalising aging skin.