During the British Summer time, Lavender fills the fields with rich, aromatic purple abundance; a magnificent scene that captures the true beauty of a glorious English summer day. It is one of the few therapeutic plants which can claim to be effective at relaxing, calming, soothing and balancing the mind, body and spirit.

The name ‘lavender’ comes from the Latin word ‘lavare’, which means ‘to wash’. It was used by the Romans to help clean the body and scent the air. In medieval times, washerwomen were known as ‘lavenders’ because they used lavender to scent drawers and dried laundry on scented bushes.

This versatile plant is also known to have seduction properties. Queen Cleopatra found the lavender scent to have an overwhelming effect on Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony and the Queen of Sheba offered lavender with frankincense and myrrh to King Solomon. Biblical heroine Judith scented herself with lavender before seducing Holofernes in order to behead him and save Jerusalem.

Lavender is steeped in royal history. Charles VI of France insisted on having lavender herbal pillows wherever he went and Queen Elizabeth I demanded that fresh lavender flowers were made available every day of the year. Louis XIV bathed in scented lavender water and Queen Victoria used a lavender deodorant.

Today, H.M Queen Elizabeth II and H.R.H The Prince of Wales purchase lavender products from Yardley London, following the tradition of the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and Queen Mary who both wore Yardley London English Lavender. King George VI loved his bar of Yardley London English Lavender Soap, for which he awarded a Royal Warrant for Purveyors of Soap in 1949.

Learn more about the history of Lavender from our short film