Lavandula Officinalis, a synonym for lavandula angustifolia, has long been valued for its aromatic and medicinal properties dating back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans. It has a variety of uses in pagan/ wiccan practices. This perennial member of the mint family originated in the western Mediterranean and is now grown commercially in France for its essential oil. The oil is used for a variety of applications including aromatherapy, perfumes, balms, handcrafted soaps and salves. These balms and salves are said to be useful for soothing both burns and insect bites. Lavender is also an antiseptic. Additionally, the scent deters moths and fleas, and it was even used during the plague to ward off the disease. It is likely that by warding off the fleas, lavender actually did help prevent the spread of the plague. The dried flower spikes are commonly used in dried flower arrangements while the flower heads are used for potpourri and tea. Putting a few flower heads in hot water is said to make a relaxing tea. The flowers may also be introduced to bath water for an added degree of relaxation. Some cooks also use lavender as a seasoning for meats and fishes along with other herbs. SEEDS ALSO AVAILABLE!
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