Lavender Meaning, Healing, and Magical Uses
Welcome to the Masters’ Grimoire of Magical Herbs page for Lavender. Here you will learn everything you've ever wanted to know about this herb including Lavender's magical uses, Lavender physical healing, and emotional healing properties, plus its use in meditation, Lavender lore and legends, and much more!
Introduction to Lavender
Lavender is probably one of the most popular herbs/flowers in the world. Lavender is known for its distinctly sweet, flowery aroma, which is calming and herbaceous. Like Rosemary, you can get a whiff of this plant's heavenly scent just by smelling the plant. It has been used for medicinal purposes for over 2,000 years and is a staple in natural healing, promoting calm, relaxation, and reducing stress. Lavender's plethora of uses range from flavored jellies to soaps, potpourri, candles, sachets, shampoos, and cleaning products. Many cosmetics, including bath and beauty products, contain the essential oils and dried flowers of the lavender plant.
Lavender has a multitude of physical health benefits. According to integrative medicine specialist, Dr. Yufang Lin, “Lavender is known for its ability to calm the nervous system, lift the mood and even lower blood pressure. Research links lavender usage to less anxiety and depression." (1)
Lavender is a part of the mint family and has many different varieties. The most common version, known as Lavandula angustifolia, is the variety that most people think of when it comes to traditional lavender. It produces aromatic purple, white, or blue flowers nearly all summer long and into autumn. The plant is a low-growing shrub with multiple stems and spikes of flowers and can grow almost weed-like in arid environments. Lavender, of the common variety, can be found in Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean, and parts of Asia.
The ancient Greeks called Lavender, nardus. It was given this name after the Syrian city of Naarda. The Greeks commonly called it, "Nard."
Some sources believe that lavender derived its name from the Latin ‘lavare’ meaning ‘to wash”, hence laundresses (women that wash clothing) being called 'lavenders' in the 14th century, however, some etymologists think this plant's name may come from the classical Latin adjective lividus, meaning bluish or livid.
The Romans used this herb to scent their baths, beds, clothes and body.
Lavender's Sacred Number is 87
Notes from the Masters
I have always loved loved Lavender, particularly when trying to relax or get into the mood for sleeping. I often use a lavender scented lotion to calm my head and provide a sense of peace. I also keep a sachet of lavender at my bedside to enhance the sense of restful calm it provides.
Lavender Magical Uses and Purposes
Key Uses: Lavender is an herb of protection and intuition. Its energies encourage you to wait and be patient in order to evade fatigue and disruption. Avoid taking action in situations that you feel uncertain about. Wait until you have a firm grasp on the situation and a base for support before moving forward.
Considered an herb of the Air Element, Lavender adds a magickal touch to spells and rituals for knowledge, perception, communication, creativity, and strategy. Use in a tea, make a sachet, or eat food crafted from lavender to increase your brainpower and imagination. It is also a great addition to spells and rituals concerning matters of beauty and love.
Healing with Lavender
LavenderPhysical Health Benefits
Lavender can help those who struggle with sleeps issues such as insomnia, sleep apnea, or restless sleep patterns.
It helps with relaxation and is used in meditation as an essential oil.
This herb reduces inflammation throughout the body and eases achy muscles.
Use lavender flowers in a warm bath to relax muscle pains.
Lavender can help with many skin ailments, It can help relieve dry or irritated skin and it also helps relieve symptoms for chronic conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and even acne.
You can fill a spray bottle with the flowers and spray it on the skin as needed. Lavender has also been added to many lotions for its skin healing and calming properties.
Since ancient times, many people apply crushed lavender leaves on wounds and injuries to promote not only quick healing of the wounds, but also to prevent the development of infections at those sites.
Dried Lavender flowers are used extensively as fragrant herbal filler inside sachets - to freshen linens, closets and drawers.
Its oil is antimicrobial and can be used as an antiseptic and disinfectant.
A lavender-based shampoo can help with hair loss. The best option is to steep lavender flowers as though you are brewing a tea and then apply that mixture to your hair. It will function as an effective shampoo and significantly boost the health of your follicle beds and hair.
The relaxing qualities of lavender, which come from its organic compounds and antioxidants, also help the heart by reducing blood pressure and easing the tension of blood vessels.
Polyphenols found in lavender can have anti-aging effects, as well as preventing the development of harmful bacteria in the gut.
Lavender eases stomach discomfort, reduces bloating, and eliminates cramping.
Spiritual Healing with Lavender
Notes from the Masters
Pair lavender with white sage while censing a space to attract positive energy. Burning dried lavender on its own attracts love, money, and good health.
Lavender is related to Mercury, the astrological signs Libra and Gemini, and the element of Air. Mercury is the planet of communication, making Lavender a great choice to bring relaxation and calm to a heated conversation.
It’s good for relaxation, studying, and love spells.
It may be used in asperging, which is the process of ritual purification involving the sprinkling of liquid on an item, person or specific area that needs to be purified.
Dried lavender sticks or wands can be burnt like incense to help smoke cleanse an area, warding off the evil eye and keeping away unwanted spirits.
It is also useful in spells to sharpen the mind, to encourage or strengthen love and passion, and to encourage fertility.
This herb is often associated with love spells, as well as for workings to bring calmness and peace.
Carry lavender flowers in a sachet on your body, or hang sprigs of it in your home, to call your lover to you.
To get a good night’s sleep, and to bring in calming dreams, stuff a pillow with sprigs of this herb. It can also be used in a purifying bath or smudging ritual.
This herb is strewn into bonfires at Midsummer as an offering to the Gods and Goddesses.
Mix it with mugwort, chamomile and rose to attract fairies, elves, or brownies on Midsummer’s Eve.
Place in the home to bring peace, joy, and healing.
Use it in spells for boosting brain power. Add in some rosemary for extra amplification.
Lavender is associated with the Third Eye Chakra. Use it as a tea to increase your clairvoyance and psychic intuition. Using it in conjunction with an amethyst stone during ritual may help you achieve a higher level of innate psychic ability and help you tune your clairvoyant senses.
Burn the flowers to bring on a restful sleep, then scatter the ashes around the home to bring peace and harmony.
Dried lavender leaves are great for placing into mojo bags, stuffed animals, or sewn into pillows to aid in sleep. This is a great idea for anyone who perhaps suffers from nightmares, as lavender is a protection herb that helps to ward off negative energies.
Lavender calms and opens people up, making it a great aid for constructive dialogue and thoughtful communication without the barriers of the ego.
Hang it above your door to guard against evil spirits. Place in the bath to keep negativity away.
Mix it with basil, lemon balm, thyme, rue, and frankincense. Burn the mixture in your house to protect your home. Or you can mix the oils together with a carrier oil and wear it as a scent.
Emotional Healing with Lavender
Lavender is an herb of calm and relaxation. There are many studies showing its positive effects on reducing anxiety and stress. The same turpine, linalool, that gives lavender its antimicrobial properties, may also help to reduce stress. (3)(4)
Lavender promotes mental clarity, emotional balance, and thoughtful, assertive communication whilst also helping to reduce mood swings, insomnia, and depression.
Lavender for Chakra Healing
Lavender is prescribed for treating imbalances of the Third Eye Chakra. The Third Eye Chakra is the center of perception and command. It directs our sight and everyday awareness of the world. Our consciousness is located here. This is the chakra that controls how we see ourselves and the external world. When the Third Eye Chakra is in balance, we can see clearly and understand what we see. This is our 'intuition center' so to speak. We are able to interpret visual cues and our awareness level is high.
When the Third Eye Chakra is out of balance, the whole organism suffers. Without perspective, nothing makes sense. You will be confused, have difficulty seeing things clearly, and knowing what is important and what is not. You will not have command of your body or your thoughts. You will suffer headaches, earaches, and have vision problems. You will be unable to work through problems or puzzles. Things just won’t make sense. You will be disoriented and confused.
Color Energy of Lavender
The color ray for Lavender is Violet. The violet color ray brings in vibrations of intuition, dreams, nobility, and luxury. It inspires awe, and invites a feeling of mystery and magic, reminiscent of the mystery and magic of life’s rejuvenation and renewal. Violet color rays are powerful aids in interpreting our dreams, inspiring us to great deeds and accomplishments, and putting the magic back in our lives and relationships. Violet is the color of music; it stirs us, transforms us, and connects us in seemingly mysterious ways to our dreams, our past, and ourselves.
White is the color of the feminine gender, manifested as the Goddess in many cultures, and, as such, the color of the world of birth, and regeneration. It is the color of the full moon reflected on a snow-covered field. It is cold, but a sleeping cold that is inconspicuously reflecting great heat. White is the color of freedom and the color of hope.
White is often the color used for the spiritual world; one that is sensed but not seen. It offers illumination, innocence, purity, and unity. This color is one said to bring Moon energy and the ability to release you of burdensome inhibitions.
Angels Associated with Lavender
Lavender is associated with Egibiel, Guardian of the Mansion of the Stream and the astrological sign of Scorpio, and Hahasiah. the protector and ruler of the dates December 3-7 and the astrological sign of Sagittarius. It is also associated with the angel, Taliahad, the master of the 12th tarot card, "The Hanged Man." Use Lavender with the Hanged Man to bring in the blessings of this angel.
Lavender and the Goddess
Lavender is sacred to Parvati and Selene.
Parvati is the Hindu Goddess of love and marriage. She promotes peace and a long life. She brings in energies of determination, strength, and purification. She also supports the longevity of relationships and a healthy, fruitful life.
Parvati is the goddess of power, nourishment, harmony, and motherhood. She is often portrayed as a nurturing mother goddess. Along with Lakshmi (goddess of fertility and beauty) and Saraswati (goddess of knowledge, wisdom, music, and art), she is apart of the Tridevi, the triad of eminent goddesses. Parvati is wife to Shiva and mother to Ganesha and Kartikeya.
Selene, in Greek Mythology, is the Goddess of the Moon and she is often depicted in her moon chariot illuminating the heavens. She is often associated with Artemis, goddess of wild animals, hunting, vegetation, and childbirth and Hecate, goddess of magic, crossroads, witchcraft, and the Moon. Selene, however, is the only goddess to be portrayed as the personification of the Moon itself. Dedicate altars, spells, and rituals to Selene to bring in energies of the Divine Feminine and to encourage psychic intuition.
Lavender Birth Herb
Lavender is one of the birth herbs for those born on January 4, January 23, March 6, April 12, June 14, August 26, September 12, November 14, and December 31. Those with birthdays on these dates will find they have special attraction to Lavender and the magical energies of Lavender may be dominate in their personality traits.
Lavender I Ching Hexagram
Lavender is governed by Hexagram 23, Tumbling Down. Key energies are: “Breakdown, collapse, dislocation, fatigue, failure, falling, disruption, decay, destruction, dissimilation, degradation, entropy, and demolition. ” (5). Knowing this relationship tells us we can use lavender in magic work to deal with issues of fatigue, failure and decay. Lots of opportunity to rebuild relationships and lives with this herb.
Cilantro Astrological Sign
The zodiac sign associated with Lavender are Pisces and Virgo. Jasmine is associated in Moon Astrology with the 17th Mansion of the Moon, the Mansion of the Snows and the First Mansion of the Moon, the Mansion of the Sacred Flames.
These are times of beauty, like the beauty of a snowflake. It is newness, and gives us a fresh take on life, as it often disrupts the mundane world of being on time. A fresh snowfall is pure calmness. It evokes stillness, reverence, and a childlike inner happiness. Snow, like all beauty, is also fleeting. The effects of Jasmine are similar.... it can evoke stillness and reverence. It has many uses on altars due to these relationships in Moon Astrology.
Uses of Lavender in Feng Shui
Lavender brings in the energies of Fire, Metal and Wood elements. The Flower buds bring the energy of Fire, the Stems bring the Wood elemental energy, and the leaves bring is the Metal Elemental energy,
Fire energy is the energy of enthusiasm, warmth, brightness, illumination and activity. It is Yang in nature. It is the energy of heat, action, emotion and passion- of ideas, of concepts, and sex. It is alive, potent, but often destructive. We all need the heat, passion, and life giving energy of the fire element. It is a powerful element that must be used in moderation.
Metal energy is the energy of precision, simplicity, and clarity. It also represents righteousness, integrity, and joy. This element has unique traits and appearance. It brings out the qualities that distinguish you from others. It is traditionally associated with the West and Northwest areas of a home or room. The west area governs the children and creativity area of your home. The Northwest area is associated with helpful people and travel. Use the metal element's energy to enhance your creativity, playfulness, optimism, and timeliness.
Wood energy is the energy of growth, expansion, new beginnings, nourishment, and health. It enhances vitality, brings abundance, and keeps us growing physically. It is symbolized by green and brown. Use these colors to enhance any space that you use for eating, in the room of a small child, or in a place of your home where you are beginning a new project. Wood energy is traditionally associated with the East and Southeast areas of a home or room, or the Family and Health area and the Prosperity and Abundance area. Wood energy is vital to your well being.
Uses of Lavender in Talismans and Amulets
Lavender is used to make talismans and amulet for needs including: Celebration, Dealing with Grumpiness, Cure Heartache, Innocence, Majesty, Originality, Pleasure, Sensuality, Shamanic Dreaming, Dealing with Stress, Dealing with Timidity, Wonder, Adventure, Loneliness, Awe, Addiction Therapy Support, Affection, Approval, Benevolence, New Beginnings, Rebirth, Generosity, Neutralizing Bitterness, Dealing with a Broken Heart, Caring, Compassion, Condescension, Consideration, Fighting Cruelty, Decency, Direction in Life, Despair, Dealing with Disrespect, Curing Emotional Blackmail, Dealing with Exploitation, Dealing with Feelings, Goodness, Dealing with Gossip, Dealing with Imperfection, Harmony, Brotherhood, Congeniality, Courtesy, and Grace.
Using Lavender in Divination
Use Lavender in Divinations for clearing ground for new ideas and a stronger foundation.
Meditation with Lavender
Splitting apart is how life separates the necessary from the unnecessary, whittling away the husk until only the germinating seed remains. (7)
Lore and Legends of Lavender
The ancient Egyptians used lavender for mummification and perfume.
The Romans relied on lavender for use in their hygenic routines including to scent baths, hair, skin, clothes, and their bed linens. They also used it to scent their rooms and perfume the air. They also were amongst the first to use lavender for antiseptic purposes, using it to ward off infection and heal wounds.
The Ancient Greeks used lavender to fight insomnia and back aches.
In Spain and Portugal, lavender was dispersed on church floors or thrown into large bonfires to ward off evil spirits on St. John's Day. In Italy, attaching a sprig of lavender to your shirt will ward off the evil eye.
In England, Tudor girls made lavender tea to help them foresee their future husbands. They’d drink it before bed, asking St. Luke to bring a vision of their ‘true love’ in their dreams.
On St. Luke’s Day in the 14 and 1500s, young maidens sipped lavender in hopes that they would be granted a dream in which they would see their true love.
Lavender tucked under the pillows of young men was thought to encourage them to ask for a lady’s hand in marriage and to help them think loving thoughts of their beloved.
Lavender was used by wives to ensure their “husband’s marital passion.”
In England, prostitutes used lavender as a perfume to hide bad aromas and to attract customers. They also believed that it would protect them from cruelty and violence.
This herb was also used as a remedy for the Great Plague in London in the 17th century.
Nicole is a Certified Crystal Master, Crystal Herb Master, and Master of the Tarot. She has been working with crystals, herbs, and the tarot for over 10 years. She is the co-author and teacher of the Crystal Master Herbalist Course offered by the Crystal Guild. Nicole is a Florida native and has been with Crystal Vaults for over 7 years.
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