Aromatics of the Ancient Greeks

While the term, ‘lavender’ comes from the ancient Roman meaning of ‘to wash,’ we will concentrate on what lavender meant to the ancient Greeks, who believed that burning the twigs of lavender could keep the plague away. Both the Romans and the Greeks used lavender as a room purifier. Thanks to the Romans, the plant was introduced to Europe. In this article, you will learn about lavender and rosemary as ancient Greek herbal treatments.

The Effect of Lavender

Since lavender possesses effective sedative and tonic effects, it is often seen as a decent balancer in regards to the nervous and emotional systems. Migraine sufferers should most certainly take into consideration the powers of lavender when looking for a natural treatment. In the past, the plant also brings antiseptic results to skin conditions, as well as to infections of the lungs, urinary tract, and digestive system. The effects of lavender are quite versatile.

The Uses of Lavender

Lavender is a rather shrubby plant that possesses woody branches and long leaves. Situated on long spikes, purplish-blue flowers decorate the ends. After cutting the plants, the contents are dried and steam-distilled. This produces an essential oil that is clear to pale yellow in color. Its scent is rather strong. The most common way to use lavender is to add it to baths, spray in a room, and inhale.

It also makes decent massage oil. Some people enjoy using the essential oil of lavender when applying cold compresses to treat headaches or migraines. The same effect is usually achieved when adding a few drops of the oil to a pot of boiling water and inhaling. If you are having trouble falling asleep, a bath filled with lavender oil can  help combat your insomnia.


Taking a lead from the ancient Egyptians, both the Greeks and Romans fell in love with rosemary, which served as a symbol for love and death. During times of the plague, it was burned in public places, as well as worn about the neck, allowing users to take advantage of its antiseptic powers From the flowers and leaves of the small rosemary shrub, a clear oil is steam-distilled to create a strong, warm, woody scent.

The Effects of Rosemary

Rosemary is known as a decent stimulant, especially if you are looking to treat your circulatory system and memory. The shrub has also been linked to treating a variety of medical concerns, including bronchitis, burns, colds, dandruff, diarrhea, headaches, obesity, and alopecia. When using rosemary as a healing aromatic, remember to use only a low concentration. Excessive doses can lead to epileptic fits or convulsions. If you suffer from high blood pressure or if you are pregnant, do not use rosemary at all.

The Uses of Rosemary

During ancient times, rosemary was used in baths, inhaled, and during massages. To clear a headache or combat fatigue, people would sniff rosemary through a handkerchief. During massage sessions, the plant was known to stimulate the lymphatic system.