Lavender Engenders Trust
In a Leiden University study out of the Netherlands, lavender aroma was shown to engender a state of trust. The research reported in Frontiers in Psychology, “A question of Scent: Lavender Aroma Promotes Interpersonal Trust,” found that individuals under the calming influence of lavender were more trusting in interpersonal relationships than individuals presented with scents which are more stimulating, such as peppermint, or to no scent at all.
There are definitely darker uses. People under the influence were also more likely to linger in marketing situations (and buy!) or lend more money. But the positive: being more cooperative and collaborative! Having more of an open heart to others!
Always I have felt lavender is a kind of ambassador. I love to package it, thinking of it traveling to that person who has ordered it. I like to think of its essence developed in the vessel of our ranch traveling to all parts of our country and the world.
If there was ever a time we needed lavender, and the opening of the heart toward each other, it is now.