Lavender museum

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Lavender

The word “lavender” (lavandula) has been presumably invented in the Middle-Age from the Latin verb “lavare” meaning “laver*” but the use of the plant is much more ancient. The Romans were already using lavender for its fragrance, in baths and linen. The Greek Dioscorides classified lavenders as “precious plants”.

Over the following centuries lavender continues to be secretly but regularly quoted especially in manuscripts dedicated to medicine, personal hygiene or beauty.

From the Middle-Age, renowned universities of medicine and pharmacology in Marseille and Montpellier played an important part in the knowledge of local plants. Lavender was already famous amongst those plants and could be easily found living wild.

*laver = to wash

Musée de la Lavande

Route de Gordes - D2 - 84220 Coustellet
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