History of Lavender

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Lavender derives from the Latin term, 'to wash', because lavender was used by the Romans to dress wounds. Explore the history of lavender with tips from a lavender farmer in this free video on growing herbs. View Video Transcript

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Sarah Bader

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Hi, my name is Sarah Bader from Lavender at Stonegate, here in West Linn, Oregon. Today I'm going to talk to you all about the history of Lavender. So, the name Lavender comes from the Latin name "lavare" which means to wash. And, it was used quite a bit in the olden days by Romans as a dressing on their wounds during wars. But, there's a lot of references to Lavender in the Bible using the name "Spikenard." In fact, there was a reference to Mary Magdalene using Spikenard to wash Jesus' feet and Adam and Eve using Lavender to, as they escaped the Garden Of Eden. So, the first record of remedial properties back in A.D. 77, it was considered a cure all for things like menstrual problems, upset stomach, kidney disorders and jaundice. In fact, in the middle ages, Monks and Nuns were known for using the herb to make medicine, in fact, it was found in King Tut's tomb in nineteen twenty two, and it had been sealed and it still smelled like Lavender when they found Lavender inside of his tomb. So, today Lavender is used for quite a few things, just like it was back in the olden days. In fact, it's very popular today as a culinary herb. People use it for decoration in their home, and the modern day Roman Therapist use it quite a bit to calm nerves when they're using their treatments. If you want more information about Lavender, go to the internet and look up these different topics.