Folklore, Herb

Distrust Lavender

For centuries lavender has been entrusted with scenting linens, soaps, bath salts and candles. In ancient times lavender was commonly grown to toss on floors to mask unpleasant odours. It also makes a lovely tea.

However, in The Language of Flowers, lavender means distrust.

The origins of this meaning stems back to the belief that poisonous snakes had a special fondness for seeking refuge in lavender hedges.

People approached lavender bushes with distrust, not out of fear of the herb itself, but out of the superstition that deadly snakes lurked within.

Don’t let this stop you from purchasing a lavender plant for your garden or window sill. For a great smelling home it simply makes too much scents not to.

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