Known for its tiny blue-purple flowers, and its pungent floral scent. Lavender is a well known and loved botanical. Making it a perfect place for us to start this herb series. Lavender properties can find their home in witchcraft for much more than their scent and sleep associations. While it certainly can be of use for these things, few people really know the true power this fragrant flower holds. Come with us as we delve deeper into the uses and properties of this edible blossoming shrub.
English Lavender – Lavendula Augustifolia
Family Name: Labiatae
Botanical Name: Lavandula
Part to use: Flower
Aromatherapy note: Top
Star sign: Gemini/Virgo
Historically, lavender was used by the Roman soldiers to scent bath water and wash their clothes. Due to this, medieval washerwomen were sometimes referred to as lavenders. However, the term developed a second meaning as some of these women were also prostitutes. Throughout Spain and Portugal, on St Johns Day, lavender was strewn on the floors of churches, and thrown into bonfires to rid evil spirits. In Tuscany, a similar use, lavender sprigs were pinned to shirts as a ward against the evil eye. In modern-day, Lavender is considered to be one of the most versatile, widely therapeutic, and loved herb and essential oils.
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Uses for Lavender
Lavender, though many forget, or may have never been told, is an edible flower. While the strong floral fragrance may not call you to grab a handful to eat, it can be an excellent ingredient in baking or teas. Due to the flower’s love connotations, it is the perfect ingredient to flavour a wedding cake. And teas do not only have to be for drinking, of course. When cooled, use it as a rinse for hair and skin condition, apply to insect stings as a relief, or use to reduce swelling and bruising. Used in a household wash, it can deter fleas and moths.
The essential oil is popular for use in massage and aromatherapy. But also apply to wounds, bites, and burns, or rub into the temples for reducing stress or tension headaches. Added to a bath, in any form it can promote all kinds of healing, alongside relaxing the mind and body.
Incense and Aromatherapy Blends
Lavender is a cooling scent, and thus it blends well with any fragrance which is too ‘warm’, softening them. It will also lighten any blends which feel too heavy. A point to remember, it is a top note fragrance, and will always shine through. It blends well with:
Bergamot, Geranium, Palmarosa, Peppermint, Chamomile, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Orange, Lemon, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Marjoram, Patchouli, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Clove and Teatree
The most important thing when blending is to have fun and try things! Don’t want to make your own? Why not try our loose incense blends, Love Thyself or Protect Me. Both feature lavender for different intents!
Physical Lavender Properties
It is quite amazing how many ailments lavender can give assistance to. It is an antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, analgesic, and an antispasmodic. These properties alone are incredibly impressive, but it can help with much more too. The flower can alleviate symptoms of headaches, insomnia, depression, stress and hypertension. Alongside easing nausea, stomach cramping and spasms, and indigestion. Not to mention the fact that it is also a decongestant. Therefore it is effective against colds, flu, throat infections and catarrhal conditions. And can leave the chest feeling open. Apply to cuts, wounds, burns, bruises, spots and insect bites for relief and to prevent infection. As mentioned above, it has cooling properties and can cool fire in a physical aspect, as well as scent.
Emotional Lavender Properties
It isn’t just physical symptoms that lavender properties can have an impact on in a positive way, it can also help a hand with emotional issues too. For instance, the herb can have used as an aid to grief. Moods feel lifted with help from the Botanics antidepressant qualities and can leave you with a sense of happiness. It revives and soothes, leaving you in deep relaxation. Additionally, it lends a hand to help express creativity. So it is perfect for any artists, writers, musicians, or innovators who need to think outside the box.
Magical Lavender Properties
In witchcraft, this is the part we most commonly look for. But of course, any of the lavender properties can find a place in your spells, blends, and incantations. So don’t forget them. You can use the physical and emotional properties to use as a symbol for a person if they suffer from one of the symptoms, or as a trait that you wish to rid. Do whatever you feel called to, and remember you don’t always need to be literal. If your intuition tells you it’s right, do it! With that said, lavender can find its use in spellwork, incantations and blends and more for specific intents, as seen below.
Encourage and strengthen pure love, though this one we warn you- please use love spells with caution. Self-love is the exception in this, as you will not be interfering with free will. Fertility, purification, protection and happiness are other Lavender properties for spellwork. However, it is not limited to being included as a symbolic ingredient. It can also help you in your work with divination, meditation and spirit communication. It can sharpen your mind, increase and aid your psychic and clairvoyant abilities.