Glossary

  • Fine lavender Lavandula latifolia

    Fine lavender Lavandula latifolia

    Originating in Persia and the Canary Islands, lavender was apparently brought to France many centuries ago by the Phocians, just like grapes and olives. 20-60 cm high, this low shrub thrives in the Mediterranean region and is particularly fond of arid and limestone-rich (calcite) hillsides. 

    Cosmetic properties: Classified in the 18th century among cephalic plants, lavender was used similarly to rosemary for nervous disorders. Lavender water was also used as a relaxant in baths, in addition to its recognised soothing and antiseptic properties.

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