Flower Glossary: Lavender

2015 Jul 14 - by Shriya

Name: Lavender

Latin Name: Lavandula of plant family Lamiaceae

Season: Late spring, early summer

Meaning: Devotion

Origins: Mediterranean, Middle East, and India

The lavender plant belongs to the mint family and as such, is often used as an herb in cooking (herbs de provence) or as a sweet, floral fragrance.

The name "lavender" comes from the Latin "lavare," meaning "to wash." Romans used the plant over 2000 years ago as a pleasant scent in baths. In Ancient Greece, lavender was used to create the Holy Essence for the church.

Medicinally, the oil extracted from the lavender plant can be used as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, or aromatherapy aid. The oil is believed to cure minor aches and aid in relaxation and sleep when applied to the temples.

Dried lavender is common wedding decor for potpourri centerpieces or gift sachets. It is also sometimes used as confetti to throw over the married couple. The soft purple color is a favorite for wedding color palettes, as it represents love and purity. The lavender flowers themselves are a symbol of devotion, and they are often arranged with other flowers in a bouquet.

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