There is nothing quite as soothing as the scent of lavender. For thousands of years, practitioners around the world have valued lavender as one of the top magical herbs for its calming fragrance and powerful magical properties.
In this post, you will learn all about how plants in the Lavandula genus can uplift your spirit while relaxing your mind. We will also offer practical recommendations for uses around the household and tell you how you can grow and store this soothing herb.
Lavender Magical Properties
Lavender is an essential herb in a range of spiritual traditions, renowned for its protective properties and association with love and dreams.
○ Lavender Biblical Lore
In the Bible, lavender is referred to as “spikenard.” According to Christian lore, after cleaning baby Jesus’ clothes, Mary needed somewhere to dry them. She chose a lavender bush. At the time, the bush had no smell. But when she returned, it had a beautiful fragrance.
It was customary in old times for Christians to craft spikenard into cross shapes. Hung over their doors, it was said those crosses protected their households.
Whatever your own religious beliefs, the protective power of lavender can work for you. Try hanging some dried lavender in your home to safeguard your space.
○ Can Lavender Be Used for Spiritual Cleansing?
Not only can lavender protect you from negative energy, but you can also use it to cleanse any negative forces that may already be present.
In fact, you can use lavender smudge sticks not only to cleanse your ritual space but your entire home.
Lavender can help you cleanse away the negative energy from:
- Toxic people who may have entered your space.
- Ghosts, spirits, or other entities that may have passed through your home.
- Past events in your home that were unsettling or anxiety-inducing for you.
Sometimes, you might just want to cleanse a particular object. For that purpose, it is easiest to use a cleansing spray made with diluted lavender essential oil. You could even make your own spray, mixing lavender with other cleansing essential oils such as rosemary and sage.
Burning a lavender candle or using lavender essential oil in a scent diffuser are two more easy ways to cleanse your space.
○ Open Your Third Eye and Explore the Dream Realm
The pale bluish purplish color of lavender flowers links them strongly to the third-eye chakra, which has an indigo color. As the name suggests, you will find this chakra between your eyebrows.
This is the chakra of intuition. By opening your third eye, you can see the unseen, connecting more deeply to the spiritual world. Lavender can be very helpful in your journey to unblocking the third eye chakra.
- Fill a sachet with dried lavender and place it under your pillow before you go to sleep.
- Recite some third-eye chakra affirmations to get in tune.
- Use your vivid imagination to visualize your lavender scented pillow as a soft cloud on which you can float away to the dream world.
- Drift off to blissful lucid dreams.
Another option is to dab a little lavender essential oil on your skin before you go to bed. Just make sure you properly dilute it for safety.
○ Lavender Spiritual Meaning: Love Spells and Lore
In ancient Rome, lavender was popular as a perfume or cologne. Men and women alike found its scent seductive and alluring. This association held strong over many centuries. Today, it is still common to associate lavender with sensuality.
This makes lavender a great herb to use in your love spells. Have a special date night planned at home? Try cooking with intent, turning meal preparation into a ritual.
There are numerous delicious sweet and savory recipes you can make using lavender. By mixing this magical herb into your dishes along with your focus and desire, you could cook up a recipe for attraction.
Lavender’s Properties for Healing and Household Use
While lavender can enhance your spiritual well-being and aid in your rituals, you will discover it also has health benefits and practical uses around the home.
○ Soothe Stress and Anxiety with Lavender
If you have ever breathed in the soft scent of lavender after a stressful day, you may have felt the tension draining from your body and mind. Inhaling the fragrance feels like wrapping yourself in a warm blanket of safety and comfort.
Magical practitioners have known the power of lavender to soothe and heal for many generations. But modern science is starting to catch up.
Researchers now know that lavender contains an alcohol called linalool that is responsible for its soothing effect. Linalool is the same chemical found in bay leaves, which also have powerful magical properties.
To enjoy the lavender healing properties, try any of the following:
- Burn a lavender smudge stick.
- Burn lavender incense.
- Burn a lavender candle.
- Add lavender to a warm bath.
Inhaling the fragrance will soon have you feeling more peaceful.
○ Natural Insect Repellent
You may love the gentle fragrance of lavender, but the fleas, mosquitoes, moths, and other unwanted guests in your home do not.
Making a natural insect repellent is as simple as mixing a little lavender essential oil into a spray bottle filled with witch hazel. After you shake it, you can spray it anywhere you want insects to avoid.
○ Make Your Laundry Smell Amazing
The name “lavender” comes from the Latin word “lavare,” which means “to wash.” If you are tired of the chemical smell of the laundry detergent from the store, you can throw it out and replace it with natural laundry rinse you make yourself.
Just add lavender essential oil to white vinegar. The vinegar will do a great job removing stains and odours from your clothes, while the lavender imparts a lovely, serene scent to your freshly-washed laundry.
○ Culinary Uses for Lavender
Lavender has numerous uses in the kitchen. You can put it in sorbets, beverages, potatoes, bread, candies, etc. It can be useful to create some lavender syrup, as you can then use the syrup in a wide variety of recipes. Here is how to make lavender syrup:
- Add a tablespoon of lavender blossoms to 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan.
- Raise the mixture to a boil.
- After the sugar dissolves, reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for another minute.
- Take the saucepan off the stove. Wait half an hour for the syrup to steep.
- Strain out the blossoms.
When the syrup cools, you can add it to other recipes.
Special Types of Lavender
You may have heard other practitioners talking about using “sea lavender” or “red lavender” in their spells. Let’s talk about the magical properties of these special types of lavender.
○ Is Sea Lavender the Same as Lavender?
Sea lavender is not true lavender at all. True lavender is any plant belonging to the Lavandula genus. But sea lavender refers to a genus called Limonium.
Another folk name for sea lavender is “Lethe’s bramble.” In Greek mythology, Lethe is the river of forgetfulness. As “Lethe’s bramble,” sea lavender is actually used as a magical enhancement for memory.
If you want to get better at remembering your dreams, combine true lavender and sea lavender together in a sachet under your pillow.
○ What is the Spiritual Meaning of Red Lavender?
Unlike sea lavender, “red lavender” is a type of true lavender. As best we can tell, this name usually refers to a variety with the scientific name Lavandula stoechas.
Although questions about using red lavender in magic abound, not a lot of practitioners have weighed in on its properties. It is safe to assume that on the whole, you can use red lavender the same way you do other species within the genus.
Frequently Asked Questions about Lavender
You now are familiar with some of the benefits of lavender for magical use. But you may have some additional questions about growing and caring for this herb. Below, we answer your questions.
Q: How do you grow lavender from seed?
Lavender is easy to grow in containers or in the ground.
It is best to germinate lavender seeds indoors, and then move the plants outdoors.
1. Fill seed trays with potting mix.
2. Sow the seeds. They should have just a small amount of soil on top of them.
3. Pick a warm spot in your home for them to germinate. Check on the soil regularly. When it starts to dry out, use a spray bottle to moisten it.
4. Within 2-4 weeks, you should have seedlings.
5. After leaves appear, harden the seedlings.
6. Plant the young lavenders in their permanent location. Plant it in full sun and ensure excellent soil drainage.
Q: How do you prune lavender?
You need to prune your lavender plants twice annually. After the initial blossoms fade, trim back the stems to around a third of what they were. Do this again after the final blossoms die.
Q: How do you care for lavender?
Lavender does not need a lot of care and maintenance. When the soil starts to dry out, water deeply. If you are going to fertilize lavender, do so in the spring.
Q: How do you harvest lavender?
After lavender buds appear, you can harvest them. If you want the best scent and flavor, cut before the buds open.