There is common agreement that Lavender is a herb of Love and even seduction. For examples, see the blogs: Ladies – Lavender is the new “headache” posted on 28/02/2011, and Lavender For Lovers posted on 02/02/2011, attesting to the fact that Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, used Lavender to seduce (in sequence) Julius Caesar and Mark Antony – after Julius’s assassination by Brutus and Cassius. Mark Antony became one of three senators chosen as a Triumvirate to govern Rome after the assassination, along with Julius Caesar’s adopted son Octavius and the nonentity Lepidus. Antony more or less betrayed the Roman… read more »
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We study Lavender and the other plants of homeopathy and aromatherapy in recognisably Scientific, experimental ways these days, analysing their Biochemistry, assessing their efficacy, looking for their side-effects and assessing possible dangers. If we go back to the mid-1700s however, the epidemics of Plague which had faded out of London were still decimating France. But Science itself was too new to be an effective tool of investigation. So investigations tended to be empirical rather than experimental – by which I mean, we look at what happens and make a guess about why! If we see that two things happen in… read more »
A week or so ago we launched a competition giving you the chance to win £75 worth of Lavenderworld goodies by telling us what you thought of our website. (You can still enter it here) We have been blown away by all the fantastic comments and we have already put in place some of your suggestions which we have outlined below: 1) Reviews of products by customers – this came up again and again so we have now added a comment section at the bottom of each product where you can add your views. 2) Shop by Price –… read more »
Battersea was far enough to the west of the City of London to avoid the City’s pollution (the poor East-Enders got that) and is underlain by good growing soils: it became one of the gardens of the Great Wen (a disparaging nickname for London, coined in the 1820s by William Cobbett, a radical champion of rural England). In about 1800, more or less at the beginning of the industrial revolution, some 20 market gardeners farmed above 300 acres of land in the area. As well as growing pigs and asparagus, they cultivated Lavender, then coming into even greater demand… read more »
Lavender used to be called ‘spikenard’, pre-dating ‘lavender’ linguistically as the Greeks predated the Romans in classical times. The ‘spike’ part of the word refers to the characteristic shape of spike-like lavender flower consisting of multiple, tiny purple florets on a slender, elegant stem. Such flowers or others of their family are found both cultivated and growing wild in many places in the east, from the valleys of Nepal, through Greece, on into the Mediterranean, and so to us with the Romans. It was in Greece that the ‘spike’ picked up the next part of its name, ‘nard’ from a… read more »
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During the reign of James I (1603-1625) any scientific knowledge of medicine was only just coming out of the dark ages. For example, William Harvey made his discovery of the circulation of blood only in the 1620s. The actual practice of medicine relied heavily on a knowledge of the properties of herbs and other plants. So ‘field guides’ were devoted to herbs’ medicinal properties; and the popularity of such guides reached its height with the publication of Culpeper’s Herbal in 1653. Lavender had largely been cultivated by monks until the dissolution or closing of the monasteries. Culpeper was living and… read more »
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