Lavender was used in ancient times for mummification, in Roman times for scented bathing, and it is used today for everything from scented water, scented soap, culinary uses, and as a migraine cure.
Pictured right - Illustration from "A Wold of Flower Fairies" by Cicely Mary Barker. Copyright The Estate of Cicely Mary Barker.
Lavender comes from the word lavare, meaning to wash. What a treat to have lavender scented soap! For that matter, I love lavender scented anything....
Today in France, lambs graze in lavender fields to enhance the flavor and quality of their meat.
Click here for a guide from Mountain Valley Growers to assist you in selecting the right species for your location.
Here in northern Ohio we are fortunate to have a wonderful lavender resource, daybreak lavender farm.
During the summer, daybreak lavender farm hosts a lavender festival where you can picnic, pick your own lavender, or purchase lavender products, such as soaps and culinary treats, from their company store.
For more information on the Lavender Festival click here
Lavender Creme Brulee
I used these Herbs de Provence from Williams Sonoma when cooking meat. You can see the lavender when you rub the seasoning on the meat.
Most intriguing to me is the use of lavender in pillows. Lavender is thought to produce prophetic dreams. I don't know if the dream part is true but lavender is certainly a lovely scent to enjoy while falling asleep.
Buckwheat and Lavender pillow fill
Buckwheat is a wonderful pillow fill - try it!
Buckwheat and Lavender pillows from Lavender Fanatic.