NAME : LAVENDER
GAELIC NAME : Labhandar
LATIN NAME : Lavandula Vera or L. officinalis.
COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Elf
MEDICINAL PART : Flowers
PLACES OF ORIGIN : Around the Mediterranean, but cultivated in the U.S. and
DESCRIPTION : The stems, growing 1 to 2 feet high, are gray-green and angular,
with flaking bark. The gray-green leaves are opposite, sessile, downy, and lanceolate to
FLOWERING PERIOD : The lilac-coloured, tubular flowers are arranged in
successive whorls up the stem. Flowering time is July to September.
PROPERTIES : Antispasmodic
USES : Lavender is normally taken or used in the form of an oil derived from
the flowers by distillation with water. It is used for flatulence, migraine headache,
fainting, and dizziness. It also has antiseptic properties and is
useful against putrefactive bacteria in the intestines. Lavender oil also makes a
stimulating, tonic embrocation. In the absence of the oil, an infusion of the leaves can
be used instead: and a decoction of the leaves is a useful
remedy for stomach problem, nausea and vomiting.
Preparation : Gather the leaves before flowering.
GENDER : Masculine.
PLANET : Mercury.
ELEMENT : Air.
POWERS : Love
Lavender has long been used in love spells and sachets. Clothing rubbed with the fragrant
flowers (or Lavender placed in drawers with clothes) attracts love. A piece of paper on
which you've rubbed Lavender is excellent
for writing love notes. The scent of Lavender particularly attracts men, and Lavender
water or the essential oil was worn by prostitutes several centuries ago to both advertise
their profession as well as to attracts (through magic)
customers. Lavender also protects against cruel treatment at the hands of a spouse if
The flowers are also burned or smouldered to induce sleep and rest, and are scattered
about the home to maintain its peacefulness. The plant is so powerful that, if when
depressed, one gazes upon the plant all sorrow
will depart and a joyous will settle upon the observer.
The odour of Lavender is conducive to long life, and should be smelled as often as
Lavender is also used in healing mixtures, carried to see ghosts and worn to protect
against the evil eye. It is added to purification baths.
Despite Lavender's love associations, in the Renaissance it was believed that lavender
together with rosemary, if worn, would preserve a woman's chastity.
A wish divination: Place Lavender under your pillow while thinking of your wish. Do this
just prior to retiring for the night. In the morning, if you have dreamt of anything
relating to your wish, it will come true. However, if you did not dream, or if they were
unconnected with your wish, it will not manifest.