Lavare. Lavandula. Lavender.

A color, a scent, and a wealth of nectar for birds, butterflies and bees  –– the mere thought of lavender makes us exhale. It’s calming, gorgeous, and somewhat delicious. What else? 

• Lavender is a flower, a plant, and an all-around workhorse. It’s an herb and a member of the mint family.

• The name lavender comes from the Latin word lavare which means to wash.

• Lavender has been used by everyone from the ancient Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Persians among others –– and for a wide variety of purposes including as an ingredient for perfume; as a scent for bath water, linens and clothes, as a medicine, antiseptic and much more.

• Lavender oil comes from the flowering buds, harvested at the peak of the day’s heat and extracted by a process of steam distillation.

• Lavandula is lavender’s scientific name. There are about 40 different varieties of lavender that grow all over the world.

• Lavender essential oil is known for its calming effects.

• From lavender honey to lavender ice cream to lavender cake, lavender is a culinary flavor with a wide range of uses, both savory and sweet.

In summary, we say this: think purple, eat purple, breathe purple –– because when it comes to lavender, it’s all good.


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