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Lifting Spirits With Lavender

Updated on August 21, 2020
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Seafarer Mama/Karen has loved gardening since she began getting her hands dirty beside her grandmother at the tender age of 3 or 4.

Lavender in the Herb Garden

Lavender blooms from June through August in our herb garden.
Lavender blooms from June through August in our herb garden. | Source

Growing Lavender

Introduction

Lavender has earned a reputation as a flowering plant that lifts moods and calms nerves. I'ts gentle scent is added to lotions for bedtime use. It's essence is extracted for essential oils, especially in countries along the Mediterranean Sea and North Africa, where the plant originates.

Cultivating Lavender

The botanical name for lavender is Lavendula angustifolie. The color we associate with the flower most often is purple, but there are also light pink and white lavender flowers. It's a perennial that grows best in direct sunlight and enjoys consitent watering, especially when you first establish the plant in your garden.

Garden Landscaping with Lavender

There are lots of places you can plant lavender for a magical effect, where the flower's fragrance will benefit both you and your neighbors. It can be used as a border shrub around the outside of your property, along your driveway, or on a walkway between two areas of your property, such as the route from your house to the garbage and recycling bins.

Another way to design landscaping using lavender is to plant it as the border to a permanent outside labyrinth. It's calming presence enhances the meditative benefits of walking a labyrinth path. To add some extra splashes of color for contrast, companion perennials perfect for keeping your lavender company include black-eyed susans, roses and shasta daisies. In the heat of the summer, your border will become a living potpourri for your medtation space.

Lavender Bouquets Make Excellent Gifts

Lavender bouquets in vases add a fancy flair to your dinner table, and are the perfect expression of affection when visiting a friend.
Lavender bouquets in vases add a fancy flair to your dinner table, and are the perfect expression of affection when visiting a friend. | Source

Lavender in the Kitchen

Lavender for Self-Care

Lavender's superpower is the calming effect the flower's fragrance has on our mood. It alleviates anxiety and depression, along with many of the physical ailments associated with anxiety: headaches, nausea, elevated blood pressure, PMS. The flower is used is many ways to keep us calm, and it's graces are more important than ever during uncertain times on a global scale.

A Place in the Kitchen

In addition to making a lovely centerpiece on your dining table, lavender flowers have been used in various ways to add an extra zing of flavor to food and drink.

Lavender in Food

There is history around adding lavender to butter, honey, preserves and compotes for a gentle floral touch. It's also been added to cake batter and as a garnish on garden salads. For delicious entrees, lavender flowerets have been added to the roasting pot with chicken, lamb and rabbit. For an Herbes de Provence seasoning bouquet, mix lavender with thyme, savory and rosemary.

Soothing Sips

If you'd rather enjoy a hint of lavender in your drink, you can infuse tea with it, iced or warm, or add it to a cocktail. Next time you make Sangria, add lavender to the mix to enchance add a touch of floral essence to the fruity mix.

Lavender at the End of the Day

Relax with lavender in a warm bath just before bedtime for a restful night's sleep.
Relax with lavender in a warm bath just before bedtime for a restful night's sleep. | Source

Hug Yourself With Lavender

If you haven't gotten enough of lavender yet, there's still other ways to benefit from her gentle fragrance, all of which fall into the category of Aromatherapy.

Essential Oils

Each night you can spray a mix of water and lavender essential oil on your sheets for a restful night's sleep. If you don't want it so close to your skin, you can warm it in an oil infuser, or dab your lightbulb with the oil to enjoy it's calming nature at the end of the day.

A Calming Floral Bath

If you prefer to keep your infusions simple, directly from your garden to your home, you can place a handful of lavender stalks in a cheesecloth pouch and dunk it in your steaming bath water, along with your Epsom or Sea Salts. Soaking both in through your skin will relax you,soften your skin, and help detoxify you from head to toe.

Sweet Dreams!

The Joys of Lavender

Growing Lavender
Lavender in the Kitchen
Aromatherapy with Lavender
Borders for walkways & property
Sugar
Essential Oil
Herb garden
Cake batter
Bathing
Perennial garden
Tea infusion
Bouquets in vases
Companion planting
Cocktails
Bouquets as gifts
Labyrinth path border
Salad garnish
potpourri in any room

Lavender is such a joy to have around and there's so many ways in which the flowers can be enjoyed.

Summary

So, what's not to love about lavender? Her fragrance is calming, her flavor is soft, and she grows back in your garden every year.

I'm looking forward to learning about your favorite experiences with lavender from the "Comments" section below. I'd love to know if you've learned anything new from this article. Thank you for reading!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Karen A Szklany

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    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      11 months ago from New England

      Hi Peggy,

      Glad to know this article was helpful to you. Lavender just needs lots of sunshine and water, even if the stmosphere is humid. Hope you have a another chance to try growing it sometime.

      Seafarer Mama/Karen

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      Peggy Woods 

      11 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for this informative article about lavender. I tried growing it once in our garden, but I think it did not thrive due to the humid conditions. Or perhaps it was just not the right spot. It is a pleasing fragrance.

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      11 months ago from New England

      Lovely, John! I'm trying out infusing this morning's batch of green sun tea with lavender to try out the flavor. Glad you enjoyed the article. ~:0)

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      John Hansen 

      11 months ago from Gondwana Land

      A very informative article, Karen. We always have lavender growing in our garden. We have about three or four bushes against our front fence and some in the side garden, it does have many uses and the scent is so soothing and promotes relaxation. A wonderful plant.

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