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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

All About Lavender

You'll notice I use a lot of lavender in my products.  This is because it is one amazing herb with a rich history and many uses from culinary to medicinal to cosmetic, not to mention it smells absolutely amazing.

The use of Lavender goes back thousands of years, with the first recorded uses by the Egyptians during the mummification process. Both the Greeks and the Romans had many uses for it, the most popular being for bathing, cooking, as an ingredient in perfume, healing wounds, and as an insect repellent. Lavender was used as an after-bath perfume by the Romans, who gave the herb its name from the Latin lavare, to wash. During the Great Plague of 1665, grave robbers would wash their hands in a concoction called "Four Thieves Vinegar", which contained lavender, wormwood, rue, sage, mint, and rosemary, and vinegar; they rarely became infected.

English folklore tells that a mixture of lavender, mugwort, chamomile, and rose petals will attract sprites, fairies, brownies, and elves.  Lavender has been thought for centuries to enflame passions as an aphrodisiac, and is still one of the most recognized scents in the world.

In SkIndulgence products I include lavender in my First Aid Balm for its pain and burn relief properties, in my Insect Repellent to keep the bugs at bay naturally, and in the entire Facial Skin Care for dry skin collection for its gentle antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

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