Herbs 101: Lavender
Lavender is a common flower that is used for more than just observing. Lavender is a light, aromatic plant that is used mainly for calming and relaxation. The parts used from the lavender plant are the leaves and flowers.
Dating back over 2,500 years, lavender has been utilized since the Egyptians when they dipped the shrouds of those passed in lavender for their spirits. From the Romans to the times of the Renaissance, lavender has been placed on a pedestal of preciousness. Originating from Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, lavender comes from warmer climates and has been traveling around since. To date, there are thirty nine species of lavender; the flower's scientific name is Lavandula.
Lavender is associated with Hecate, Saturn, and snake goddesses.
Lavender flourishes in warmer climates yet grows most efficiently during late summer and fall. When growing lavender, these delicate flowers need plenty of drainage, a raised bed would help tremendously. Lavender grows in the zones five to eight in the United States. Watering the plants should be infrequent, once every two weeks. Another bit of information to consider is the pH balance of the soil you are planting with; the pH balance for lavender is 6.7 to 7.3.
If growing lavender indoors, plant sprouting buds or seeds in twelve to sixteen inch deep containers. This should be a reasonable pot size since lavender grows into a small shrub. To improve the drainage process, fill the bottom of the container with an inch or two of loose gravel
- Dry the leaves and use to make a relaxing tea
- Infuse a couple drops lavender oil into candle wax to make lavender scented candles or even infuse lavender buds into the wax
- Make lavender scented soap, use lavender oil or leaves
- Add a few drops to a diffuser for a relaxing aromatherapy session
- Bake a loaf of lavender bread with lemon glaze
- Stir into a pitcher of lemonade for lavender lemonade
- Used to bring calmness, peace, and clarity
- Can heighten psychic abilties
Many more uses are out there! Including cleaning products and recipes!
Lavender is considered to be an antidepressant and antiseptic. Lavender helps to relieve anxiety, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation, treat respiratory conditions.
This plant is also used as a bug repellent, a sleep aid, an acne reducer, treatment for urinary disorders, helps treat lice, might have a positive affect towards cancer, digestion aid, and an immune booster.
Women who are expecting and/or breastfeeding should avoid using lavender oil. Patients with diabetes should avoid lavender oil. May cause allergic reactions to people with sensitive skin. Some people may feel queasy, vomit, or experience headaches from excessive lavender oil use.
Do not consume lavender oil.