Lavender Butterfly - Lavandula stoechas
Butterfly lavender is a small shrub of Mediterranean origin that belongs to the labiatae family. With a twisted main stem and erect branches covered with a grayish, scaly bark, it grows to a height of 50 to 100 cm. Butterfly lavender owes its name to the feathers at the tip of its floral spikes, which are reminiscent of butterflies collecting pollen. In the wild, this type of lavender is certainly, geographically, the most widespread.
Traditions:Lavender was used by the Romans as a fragrance, in baths and to care for linen. And so, throughout the Mediterranean region, use of the plant developed. It was ranked a precious plant by Roman naturalists. Unlike true lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), the stoechas species only has a faint scent of camphor.
Properties:An essential water is extracted from butterfly lavender. This water boasts numerous properties: it relaxes the body and mind, soothes the skin, and stimulates the production of well-being molecules – beta-endorphins (in-vitro tests).