Native to the mountainous Mediterranean and the Arabian Peninsula, lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is a flowering shrub known for its pleasant floral aroma and soothing properties. The lavender plant has woody branches with silvery tapered leaves and small violet flowers that are exceptionally fragrant.
Both the leaves and flowers of the plant are used in healing, beauty, and personal care. Lavender oil is a favorite among traditional healers and massage therapists.
History of Lavender
Lavender has a long history of use in many cultures across the globe. One of its earliest uses was to add a refreshing, fragrant scent to bathwater. This early use is reflected in the plant’s name; in Latin, “lavare” – the root of the word lavender – means “to wash.” Ancient Romans and Greeks commonly added fresh blossoms to hot water for bathing, believing that the flower would promote healthy, vibrant skin and help soothe sore muscles.
The Romans introduced lavender to the rest of the European continent as they conquered new lands, eventually bringing it all the way to southern Britain, where it quickly grew in popularity. According to European folklore, lavender was used in everything to from warding off evil spirits to attracting a love interest. In England, it was even thought to help protect against the plague.
Today, lavender is used to add a calming fragrance to a variety of goods including soaps, shampoos, candles, potpourris, bath scrubs, oils, and teas.
Calming Benefits of Lavender
Lavender is highly regarded for its ability to calm both the mind and the body. Simply inhaling the scent of lavender can have a soothing effect and promote a sense of well-being. Some early research suggests that lavender aromatherapy may be effective at improving sleep quality, reducing the effects of insomnia, and lessening anxiety and depression.*
Lavender oil can be used in therapeutic massage to promote relaxation and relieve stress, while lavender supplements can be ingested to improve emotional well-being.
One of the most popular ways to reap the soothing, healing benefits of lavender is by sipping herbal tea made with lavender leaves or flowers. These teas are best enjoyed before bedtime in order to promote relaxation.
Among our popular lavender teas, The Republic of Tea has blended soothing lavender with Japanese matcha, premium green tea and restorative holy basil in order to create our Organic Serenity SuperGreen Tea. With its pleasant aroma and satisfying flavor, Organic Serenity SuperGreen Tea will lead you to a balanced state we call TeaMind®.
We invite you to choose from our variety of calming lavender teas and savor the gentle flavors Sip by Sip–
get relaxed®- No.14 Tea for Relieving Stress – A mood-mellowing blend of lavender, rose petals, chamomile, passionflower, rooibos, and eleuthero root.
Chamomile Lemon Herbal Tea – A sweet and tranquil tea that features chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, linden flowers, orange blossoms, skullcap, and valerian root.
Downton Abbey® Lady Cora’s Evening Tea – A naturally caffeine-free herbal blend of lemon balm, linden flower, lavender, chamomile, orange blossoms, and passion flower – a perfect bedtime tea.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.