Lavender is a herb many of us love, but did you know it is also one of the most powerful herbs of all time?

It has long been used for its aromatic and healing properties, and during medieval times was thought to be able to ward off evil spirits. Medicinally it is regarded as a relaxant, sensory stimulant and nerve tonic, and herbalists use it to treat exhaustion, digestion, headaches and arthritis.

Lavender was originally known as elf leaf or spike – the word lavender is derived from the Latin ‘lavare’, meaning 'to wash', due to the Romans' use of the herb in laundering – bed linen and clothes were dried over lavender bushes, which acted to scent the cloth. Lavender has been used for centuries in herbal remedies, teas, cooking and perfumes, and was the main ingredient in 'tussie-mussies' (posies of flowers and herbs), which were used to ward off illness. Its perfume comes from oils in its flowers and leaves.

* Source  Herald Sun Dec 2013

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