The Lavender of the Monasteries

The herbal laboratories in the monasteries offer a wide range of lavender-based products, ranging from food products to personal care, cosmetics and aroma therapy.

Lavender, or Lavandula, owes its evocative name to the Latin verb wash, which must be washed, and indicates that since ancient times this plant has been used for body cleansing and cosmetics.

But also for alimentary use, as it is used for flavouring sweets and jams.

The characteristic lavender flowers, with a blue-violet colour, release an unmistakable perfume, persistent and delicate at the same time, which finds its maximum during the flowering period between June and September. It is the summer flower that gives life to magnificent perennial gardens and breathtaking expanses in the villages where it is most cultivated.

Lavender is therefore not only a beautiful perfumed plant, but a flower with many qualities known since ancient times and handed down to us by the herbal wisdom of the monks.

The well known properties of lavender are used in the officinal and cosmetic field for the most different needs.

Lavender flowers, in the form of an infusion, are useful in cases of headaches and intestinal cramps, while herbal tea is a natural remedy useful in anxious cases, as well as in the presence of halitosis.

The lavender flowers infused in the bath water make a moment of pure relaxation, an aromatherapy session, releasing all its balsamic and purifying properties.

Soaps and other cosmetic products, based on essential oils and oleolites, have a pleasant scent of lavender and are useful for the rebalancing cleansing of oily and impure skin: they are very effective in case of juvenile acne because lavender has antiseptic properties that inhibit the proliferation of bacteria and regulates sebum, while for the innate healing property soothes the annoying pain of burns and insect bites.

Our grandmothers teach us to put lavender flowers, also called spikelet because of the particular shape of the inflorescence, in drawers and wardrobes to perfume linen and keep moths and other parasites away.

A pleasant scent of lavender that accompanies the memories of entire generations.

The essential oil of lavender used in suffumigias is useful to fight asthma and an excellent remedy against colds, bronchitis and cough and all those cold diseases, while in the form of a dye, applied with a cotton swab on the skin, soothes rheumatism.

In aromatherapy lavender oil is recommended to relieve the symptoms of stress and reconcile sleep, a few drops on the pillow in the evening before going to bed favour serene and relaxed nights.

The herbal laboratories in the monasteries offer a wide range of lavender-based products, ranging from food products to personal care, cosmetics and aroma therapy.

  • Lavender honey from the Abbey of Notre Dame di Ganagobie France
  • Lavender Pear Jam Monastery Dominus Tecum Italy
  • Essence of Lavender of the Carmelites of Arenzano
  • Very pure essential oil from Notre Dame de Ganagobie Abbey in France
  • Praglia Abbey Lavender Ointment
  • Lavender pomade of the Discalced Carmelite Convent of Arenzano
  • Lavender Ointment Cream of the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte di Firenze
  • Soaps and liquid soaps
  • Perfumes and lavender deodorants of various monasteries (Camaldoli, Trappiste Valserena...)
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