Lavender is one of my favorite all-time scents; floral, herbal, fresh and clean. I fell in love with this culinary herb when I was a teenager and became a little crazed about making lavender lemonade, lavender scones, lavender cake and, well, anything lavender. As my interest in herbs and natural products grew and I learned more about essential oils, my respect for lavender grew, not just as a culinary herb to make tea-time treats, but as a calming, restorative oil for both body and soul.
Lavender, one of nature’s most versatile herbs with a beautiful aroma and a multitude of uses. It is currently cultivated throughout the world, although it is native to the Mediterranean region. It is from the plant family Lamiaceae and there are many different varieties of lavender in cultivation today. Some of the most popular are Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula officinalis, what is known as ‘true lavender’), Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia) and Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas). There is also Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia), which is a hybrid L. angustifolia & L. latifolia). Many of the varieties may differ slightly in their aroma; some having more herbal, campherous or sharper qualities. Their chemical components also varies; some being more stimulating than ‘true lavender’.
The word ‘lavender’ comes from the Latin word ‘lavare’ meaning ‘to wash’ as lavender preparations were, in olden times, used in bathing and laundry. The herb itself can be used in culinary preparations (Lavender cake, lavender lemonade, lavender scones), in a sachet to freshen a linen closest and keeps bugs at bay, for decorative and aesthetic purposes throughout the home, or in more traditional use in soaps or skin preparations.
The aroma of lavender is floral, with herbal notes and a light, clean scent. Lavender is known for being helpful in easing tension, stress and to promote a relaxing atmosphere for body, mind and soul.
Later on in my herbal journey, I learned about thyme, the herb and the oil, and found that in creating body care products these two aromatic herbs complimented each other very nicely!
Like Lavender, Thyme is also from the Lamiaceae plant family, is native to the Mediterranean and, again like lavender, there are many species and varieities of thyme being cultivated throughout the world. Thymus vulgaris is the main type used in oil production, however even within that variety there are variations and different chemical structures that may affect the benefits and aroma.
Thyme oil has been noted for its ability to help with stress and tiredness, among a host of other amazing benefits and uses. When used alone thyme oil may be irritating to the skin, so remember to use with caution and always well diluted.
The aroma of thyme oil is generally known to be warm, herbal and somewhat powerful. Depending on the variety there maybe a spicy note or sweetness to the aroma. Since thyme can have a strong scent, we use it blended with lavender to compliment and soften.
Together lavender and thyme create a harmoinous herbal blend and we’ve put this comforting duo together in some amazing products to help soothe your soul any ‘thyme’ of day. Check them out here!
Leave a comment below and let me know about your experiences of using lavender and/or thyme!