Lavender (lavandula) is a kind of plant that belongs to the family of Labiatae. Its most widely known genus is lavandula which includes around 35 species. Its name derives from the latin verb lave/ or lavo (lave-lavi-lavatum-lautun-lotum), meaning “to bathe”, “to swim”, “to wet”.
Let us acquaint ourselves, though, with lavender’s history throughout time: the lavender has been used by the European people for more than 2500 years. During ancient years not only Egyptians and Phoenicians but also a number of other Arabian people have used lavender during embalming, in cosmetics, in massage oils and in medicine of the time. Ancient Greeks have called it “nardos” ( in Greek : “ναρδος”) and used it to perfume their baths and for cosmetic purposes. The Greeks have found out that by burning the flowers of lavender they had a very relaxing scent. During Christian years lavender appears again, since, according to the Holy Bible Maria Magdalena has anointed Jesus’ legs with an expensive cream made from nardos and the whole place was filled with fragrance. Lavender is present in other points of the Earth as also in the distant India, in the broader Asian region and in the Canary Islands.
Lavender is an aromatic plant with rich medicinal properties used in perfumery, soap making, pharmacy and clearly in cooking as well.
What is our relation to lavender? Let us present it to you right away!
During the financial – though not only financial – crisis we have been dreaming of something …purple! And with our eyes drawn to the future we decided to give breath to a purple dream! In the mountainous Imatheia, in the village of Sykia, 21 km from Veroia and 10km from Vergina, in a 380m height we cultivate the “secret herb” of the lavender, without using any pesticides or fertilizers, and there we produce essential oils, flower water and dried lavender. The fields in Sykia in Imatheia are arid (380m of height) and ideal for the cultivation of lavender. The variety we cultivate is called “angustifolia”. Lavender is harmonized with the grass and the climate of the region. It is a plant that grows in high mountains, endures low temperatures and has no demand in water… . All works from harvesting to packaging are made by hand. In June we harvest the field and tie lavender in bouquets. Afterwards we hang them to make them naturally dry. Then we cut the dried flowers from the plant. And the hardest part begins: sifting. The flowers are siftied a number of times to get rid of polen. Our results? Dried flowers with a beautiful scent, appropriate for a number of uses!!