Notes from a Wise Woman

About Lavender

Updated: Jun 27, 2020

Lavender is believed to be one of the first plants brought over by the colonizers. It is native to northern Africa and the mountainous Mediterranean region. Some historians believe Egyptians used it as part of their embalming rituals and others report ancient Romans adding it into their bath water.

Family: Lamiaceae

Subfamily: Nepetoideae

Genus: Lavandula L.

When we think of lavender, we are thinking about Lavandula angustifolia, it is the most widely cultivated. The color we love is named for the shade of this specific species of flowering herb.

Like, sage, lavender is a member of the mint family and it can be dried and burned as incense or for smudging rituals. It also has anti-bacterial/anti-inflammatory properties. If you have well draining soil in your garden, lavender is a great addition, as it acts as a natural mosquito repellent.

For generations, folk healers have recommended lavender to ease migraines and calm nerves, making it a favorite choice for aromatherapist and massage therapists practicing today. You can also drink lavender in tea to ease menstrual cramps and other body aches. The soothing qualities of this plant seem too many to count.

An ancient herb, the Bible mentions lavender several times, by the name “spikenard” (from the Greek name “nardus” denoting fragrant grass). Spiritually, lavender eases the heart and if you are working to open blockages to your heart Chakra, use lavender while in meditation. This is especially recommended if you are easily distracted from your mantras. Lavender's strong aroma commands your attention, grounding you and letting you slip comfortably into a relaxed meditative state.

It is a simple plant with many healing qualities yet, it has become so basically mainstream we see it literally everywhere. From high-end salons and spas to gas station shelves hawking air fresheners. The uses are as varied as the cultures that continue to embrace its benefits.

We infuses it into lotions and butters. We believe, for some, it can soothe minor skin irritation and redness, this makes it a favorite herb in our apothecary!


We use Lavandula angustifolia in our Wellspring Collection line of products.

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