Lavender is the fragrantly beautiful purple wand shaped herbal flower. It is probably one of the most requested essential oils to be used and inhaled during a massage, as it gives a sense of feeling calm and relaxed. However, Lavender is much more than just a calming smell to inhale. Lavender goes back around 2500 years where it originated in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and India. Lavender was named after the Latin word “lavare” which means “to wash” and is part of the mint family. The Greeks and Romans often used Lavender as a cleansing fragrance and added it to their baths, clothes, hair, and beds. They soon discovered other medicinal uses for Lavender as well.
So what are the many benefits of Lavender? First let’s look at some of the medicinal properties of Lavender.
Since Lavender derives from the mint family, it is has also been used in the culinary world. The dried flowers and leaves have been used for teas and added flavoring to foods. Lavender in cooking can add a floral and slightly sweet and delicate flavor to enrich meats, seafood, salads, soups, bakery goods, and desserts. Many French cuisines will use Lavender and it is a main ingredient in Herbs de Provence, which you can buy at stores.
There are so many benefits of Lavender. Whether you simply enjoy the look or fragrance of Lavender, love its calming and sleep promoting effects, its many uses as remedies, or for the added flavor in your cooking, there are so many ways to enjoy Lavender.
Want to enjoy some fresh Lavender? Well, you are in luck. Lavenders bloom from June through August in most regions. That means right now. In Oregon, there are many Lavender farms that you can go visit and purchase fresh Lavender and Lavender products. During the weekend of July 8th-9th many of the farms are participating in a statewide event of touring local Lavender farms. This event is free and you can enjoy and learn even more about Lavender from the growers themselves.
To find out more information about the Lavender Tours and Oregon’s Lavender Farmers, check out this website: http://oregonlavenderdestinations.com/
You can even upload a guide: http://oregonlavenderdestinations.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-DG-for-Website21.pdf
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.