When you think of herbs, you probably imagine basil, rosemary, or maybe even thyme. But what about lavender? It might surprise you to learn that lavender is actually among the most versatile and widely used herbs!
What is Lavender?
Lavender is a type of herb, the plant of the Lavandula genus. It's primarily grown in the Mediterranean region, particularly in France and Spain.
The plant is known for its beautiful purple flowers and has a very distinct scent. The taste is unique, often described as floral with a hint of mint. According to Alan Davidson’s The Oxford Companion to Food (2nd ed.), lavender is used in various forms, such as dried, fresh, or as an oil.
That’s right. Oil. If you've ever used essential oils, then you've likely come across lavender! Lavender oil extracted from its flowers is a popular ingredient in aromatherapy.
Lavender in Essential Oils
Other than its unique flavor, lavender is highly prized for its essential oil, which is extracted using the steam distillation method. This method ensures that the oil doesn't lose any of its unique character or aroma. The flowers of the plant are distilled to extract the oil.
As for its scent, it has fresh floral notes with a slightly sweet aroma that is unmistakable. Trust us. When you get a whiff of it, you'll know it's lavender. Many people find this scent to be calming, and it is often used as a sleep aid. While no recent studies back this claim up, that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying this soothing scent around the house.
Benefits of Lavender Oil (According to Science)
In a 2018 study, researchers decided to put lavender oil to the test as an antibacterial. They found that it had strong antimicrobial properties. As a result, they concluded that the lavender oil obtained in their study could be classified as a strong bacteria inhibitor.
It's important to remember these studies were not conducted on Sapadilla products or Sapadilla products containing lavender essential oil, but on pure lavender oil.
Sapadilla Lavender + Lime
Here at Sapadilla, we use 100% pure lavender essential oil for all our nice little eco-cleaners and soaps. Our Lavender + Lime Hand Soap, All Purpose Cleaner, Countertop Cleanser, Dish Soap, and Laundry Liquid combine our favorite herbal scents with other essential oils. With our Lavender + Lime products, you get a fresh blend of sweet, floral goodness, combining top notes of lavender and heart notes of juicy lime, anchored with deep and delicious bergamot. It's an aromatic treat straight from Mother Nature!
So when life gives you lavender… add lime and more! Make every day a Sapadilla day - bursting with fresh, loaded with clean!
Davidson, Alan. The Oxford Companion to Food. 2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 2006.
Lis-Balchin, Maria, et al. “Antimicrobial activity of lavender essential oil.” Phytotherapy Research, Wiley, Dec. 2018.