How to Grow and Work with Lavender
Fragrance can call up memories that we may have forgotten; a
glimpse of a time almost lost under the weight of all messages we consume each
Or they can keep alive and close to the surface an image or
action of someone you held or hold most dear.
I have a number of memories that are triggered by scent,
cinnamon recalls my paternal grandmother who loved to bake; outboard motors
gasoline reminds me of fishing trips with my father.
Perhaps one of the strongest fragrances when it comes to my
memory is lavender. I get a whiff and I can see my nanny, mom’s mom. She was
very fond of lavender and always had a sachet or potpourris in her room.
My grandmother is not the only memory lavender brings, it
also reminds me of visits to the Canadian National Exhibition when I was a
youth, I went every summer in August to the Ex and when my grandmother was
alive, I’d buy here a lavender sachet. Even in the years after her death, when
we’d visit the Ex and pass a cart or booth selling lavender I thought about
Humanity’s love for lavender goes back many centuries, The
Romans and North Africans were known to scent their public baths with it and
use it as a disinfectant.
The name lavender comes from the Latin “to wash” and
laundress is derived from “lavandre”.
Most lavender call the Mediterranean region home but their
popularity has seen the plant spread around the world.
Of the numerous species, the most common are divided into
two types, hard lavenders which includes English lavender (Lavandula
angustifolia) and tender lavenders which includes the French or tender
lavenders (Lavandula denata).
Lavenders are easy to grow and care for so make good garden
plants. Hardy lavenders, or English lavenders, are native to the Mediterranean
region and like long hours of sunlight but not excessive heat. They have grey
foliage and the flowers are usually in a spike and lavender in colour.
The tender lavenders are native to Southern France and Spain; they
require full sun and a soil that is richer than their hardy relatives.
Lavender has a number of uses and one that I have personally
tried is the dream pillow which is alleged to having a calming effect.
The Dream Pillow:
½ cup dried lavender
½ cup dried hops
½ cups dried lemon balm
Mix all the ingredients together and place in small cotton bag. Put bag under your pillow at night.
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