The 14th February, or Valentine’s Day, is fast approaching and, for many of us, when thinking about a Valentine’s gift for our loved ones, our minds will immediately turn to red roses. However, trying to get hold of a bouquet of fresh red roses around the middle of February can be nigh on impossible, and even if you do manage to find one, then it will no doubt cost you significantly over the odds. So are there any other options for a Valentine’s bouquet that will still be infused with significance yet not the break the bank and maybe even be a little more creative and thoughtful than the standard red blooms?
Indeed there are – why not consider including lavender in your Valentine’s gifts this year?
There are many traditional tales and folklore that connect lavender to love, for example:
- On St Luke’s day (18th October) young unmarried women would traditionally sip on a lavender tea and say, “St Luke, St Luke, be kind to me, in my dreams, let me my true love see.“
- In Alpine regions there was a tradition where girls would put lavender under their lover’s pillow and, once married, they would put lavender under their mattress to encourage marital passion.
- In some areas it was known for young ladies to wear little lavender bags in their cleavage to lure their suitors.
- It is said that Cleopatra seduced Julius Caesar and Mark Antony while wearing perfumes with lavender in it.
But is there any truth in it? A study conducted at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago by Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, MD and his colleagues, found that the combined scents of lavender and pumpkin pie were the most alluring to men and the second most alluring to women (after cucumber and liquorice). So it seems that, as with so many things, that there is truth in the legend.
If you can’t get hold of a beautiful lavender flecked bouquet to treat your loved one with on Valentine’s Day, why not really indulge them with one or two of our gorgeous Jersey Lavender products? Our full range of gifts is available to browse in our online shop. We can highly recommend our Lavender Sleep Pillow and for a quick and easy solution why not check out our lovely gift packs which feature a selection of two of our most popular products all wrapped in our special Jersey Lavender packaging, all ready for you to spoil your loved one rotten with!