Virtuoso Insights - October/November 2008 - (Page 8)
puple reign laveNDer rules the fielDs Of PrOveNce Charles VI demanded lavender-filled pillows for wherever he laid his head, while Louis XIV bathed in water scented with it. France’s royalty may have esteemed lavender, but the plant’s regal lineage reaches back to the Egyptians, who used it as a perfume and in mummifications; Cleopatra is said to have used the scent to seduce Julius Caesar. Around 600 bc, the Greeks introduced the plant to Europe, and it soon was widely used for everything from washing and cooking to making teas and even as a remedy for resisting the Great Plague. P Regal refiner and (top) violet fields forever. 8 Virtuoso insights
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