Friday, March 30, 2007
The Darling of Herbs
Lavender is the darling of herbs! It's been prized for centuries for its fragrant perfume, medicinal qualities, and beautiful hue. It's name comes from the Latin 'lavare' which means 'to wash'. The Romans used it both in baths and for washing clothing. They also recognized it's ability to heal and provide antiseptic qualities and to detour insects.
This fragrant little bud is now used extensively in cooking, in toiletry, and in decor. Candles, bath salts, bouquets, teas, desserts, and more all benefit from this fragrant plant. As I enjoy my lavender garden this spring and summer, I thought it would be fun to share some lavender facts and lore with you as we go along. Please join me!