Lavender Folklore and Love

Lavender and love

A lot of lavender folklore is about love. It was said to attract men but was also used for chastity.

On St Luke's day young maidens would sip on a lavender tea and say.
"St Luke, St Luke, be kind to me,
In my dreams, let me my true love see."

Alpine girls would tuck some lavender under their lover's pillow so their thoughts would turn to romance. Once married they would put some lavender under the mattress to ensure marital passion.

Young ladies would wear little lavender bags in their cleavage to lure suitors.

Lavender was used for tremblings of the heart. Lavender is useful for emotional pain. If someone lost a loved one they used lavender to heal the heart.

It is said that Cleopatra seduced Julius Caesar and Mark Antony while wearing perfumes with lavender in it.

Lavender is associated with the heart chakra.

The scent of lavender has been used to attract men for generations. There was a study done by a Chicago research foundation that found that the combined scent of lavender and pumpkin was the most arousing of all the scents to male subjects. So there must be some truth in the association of lavender and love.

Lavender folklore

Lavender was also associated with protection. Small childeren would wear lavender on their shirts to avert the evil eye.

Traditionally, a cross of lavender was hung on the door to safeguard against evil.

Lavender is called blue magic, and lavender is said to be ruled by Mercury, the great communicator.

At midsummer mix chamomile , lavender, mugwort, and rose petals to call upon the sprites, faries, brownies, and elves.

For security and peacefulness mix basil, frankincense, lavender, lemon balm, rue and thyme. Wear this on your body or burn it in your home for shielding and protecting your home.

To call an the deities of love and romance, mix together amber, lavender, reose petals, and voilet petals.

To make a charm to protect you from abuse, rub a arrowhead in some lavender and keep it on you.

Lavender and sandalwood was sometimes burned at birthing times to ease the birth and pain.

Wear lavender oil as a perfume to make it easier going into menopause. I've actually tried this for stress and it does make a difference.

To protect against evil spirits wear a sprig of lavender on your person. Put a dab of lavender oil behind your ears or better yet on a tassel or fringe. It was thought that tassels and fringes confused and distracted evil spirits.

Lavender was hung on bed posts for protection.

Lavender was ground into a powder, a candle was then greased with oil and then rolled into the lavender powder. The candle was burned for protection.

Lavender folklore brings much color to our past, and there is much we can learn from it. I hope our folklore is as interesting in the future.

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