was almost certainly brought to Britain by the Romans, specifically the wonderful Roman army doctors, largely for its noted antiseptic qualities. It is named after lavare, Latin ‘to wash’, because of its use in their bath houses. It contains volatile oil, tannins, coumarins, flavonoids and triterpenoids. It is antibacterial: the oil will kill the bacilli of diphtheria and typhoid, which we luckily do not have, and also streptococcus
and pneumococcus, which we do. It’s a sedative herb, good for calming anxiety and tension, and soothing spasms in the digestive system. Drink lavender tea to aid a tension headache, or use the essential oil as a gentle rub on the forehead. The essential oil is rare in that it can be applied neat to the skin, and will prevent blistering and scarring on minor burns, applied once the pain has been relieved by cold running water. Keep a bottle near the BBQ this summer.
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