Legend tells that Adam and Eve took lavender with them when they were banished from the Garden of Eden. You actually may not know the name in the Bible as lavender but as spikenard. In the gospel of Luke the writer reports: "Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment."
Lavender was regarded as a safeguard against evil. A cross of lavender was hung over the door for protection.
Romans used lavender oils for bathing, cooking, and scenting the air.
In Tudor times a maiden would sip lavender dew on Saint Luke's day while murmuring: "St. Luke, St. Luke, be kind to me. In my dreams, let my true love see."
Apline girls tucked lavender under their lover's pillows to turn their thoughts to marriage. Once married, they would use lavender to ensure their husbands' marital passion.
Here in the United States the Quakers were the first to commercialize lavender and produce their own herbs and medicine and sold them to the "outside world".
Lavender, rosemary and lad's love were dried and mixed together in bags to scent linen & act as a moth repellent. Sprigs were included in posies for visitors in England and colonial America.
Women used to throw linen and clothing over bushes to absorb the scent of lavender as they dried. The scent of lavender is known to destress and relax you...and on that note here is a great recipe!
Lavender Linen Spray
2 teaspoons of witch hazel (you can find this any many health food stores)
40 drops of Lavender essential oil
4 ounces of distilled water
Mix the witch hazel with the essential oil and let sit for a few minutes. Add the water. Shake before each use and spray away!
I am going to make this, this weekend since it is laundry weekend for me! Enjoy the natural qualities of lavender!
And don't forget, plant fresh lavender in your garden for good luck and happiness!