The names widely used for some of the species, “English lavender”, “French lavender” and “Spanish lavender” are also less than accurate.. “English lavender” is commonly used for L. angustifolia, though some references say the proper term is “Old English Lavender”. The name “French lavender” may be used to refer to either L. stoechas or to L. dentata. “Spanish lavender” may be used to refer to L. stoechas, L. lanata or L. dentata.
Symbolism of the Lavender Flower
Lavender flowers are purple in color and the color purple is associated with the crown chakra, which is the energy center associated with higher purpose and spiritual connectivity. The crown or 7th chakra is located at the top of the head and the vibration of the crown is the highest vibration in the physical body. This symbolism is appropriate as the Lavender flower is often used for healing and raising our vibration to the highest level possible is the easiest path to healing.
Meaningful Botanical Characteristics of the Lavender Flower
Lavender is used extensively in aromatherapy and for minor injuries. Infusions are believed to soothe insect bites, burns, acne, inflammatory conditions and headaches. Bunches of lavender are also known to repel insects. In pillows, lavender seeds and flowers aid sleep and relaxation. An infusion of flowerheads added to a cup of boiling water is used to soothe and relax at bedtime.
Lavender oil is approved for use as an anxiolytic in Germany under the name Lasea. A survey paper on lavender and the nervous system published in 2013 states that, “there is growing evidence suggesting that lavender oil may be an effective medicament in treatment of several neurological disorders.”