I am writing this having just returned from Tuscany where the scents of the mountain herbs and statuesque cypress trees permeate the warm air. Still fresh in my mind, their soft fragrance has reminded me of the vast variety of plants we have adopted from the Mediterranean region and how much we owe to this region in terms of everyday aromatics. Rosemary bushes both grow to a massive size by the roadside while the heady scent of labdanum mixed with oregano and thyme species fill the air. But of all the aromatic herbs that I love, it was the abundant lavender bushes in full bloom that made a lasting impression on me this summer.

Back at my farmhouse in Wales where I have been experimenting with growing all sorts of Mediterranean plants, again it was the masses of flowering lavender bushes – especially the Hidcote variety with their compact deep mauve flowers - that stole the show in my garden. Lavender is of course one of the most versatile essential oils which has a vast range of everyday uses. At Aqua Oleum we supply six different types of lavender products:

pure lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) from Bulgaria which has a pronounced soothing effect & good for skin care

a certified organic lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) from France with a lovely soft undertone

a high-altitude lavender oil from France with a sweet top note

lavandin (Lavandula Hybrida Sumian) from France which has a more camphoraceous scent, good for medicinal usage

lavender absolute which has a gorgeous rich-green depth

lavender water (Lavandula angustifolia) a soft floral aqua spray

They can be used to treat a range of common problems including: headaches & migraines; insomnia; insect bites, burns, cuts & wounds; depression, stress & anxiety; P.M.T. and painful periods; skin care including spots and ulcers; muscle aches & strains.You can read all about the history of lavender & its use as a ‘cure-all’ remedy in my book: ‘Lavender Oil: Nature’s Soothing Herb’ which is available as an e-book from Harper Collins directly at: https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780008105785/lavender-oil