Herb Garden – Lavendar

HERB OF THE MONTH : LAVENDER

Lavender is a versatile, aromatic herb. It is popular because of its pleasing fragrance. The name Lavender comes from the Latin word Lavare, which means “to wash”. The lavender may have earned this name because of its ability to purify the body and spirit.
Lavender is a flowering plant and it belongs to mint family. It is native to Mediterranean countries. Today it is grown widely in Europe, Australia and United States also. It is an evergreen bush that grows about 3 feet tall and 4 feet in diameter. It loves to grow in dry, sunny and rocky habitants.  It survives greatly in drought conditions. Damp soil and harsh winter winds are enemies for this plant. By planting them next to a stone or brick wall provides additional heat and protection during winter months. There are about 28 different species in Lavender. The most commonly grown varieties are:
  • English lavender ( Lavandula Angustifolia) is a good all-round plant with multiple uses.
  • French lavender (Lavandula Dentata) is used mainly for decorative purposes.
  • Spanish lavender (Lavandula Stoechus) is suitable for garden use.
Uses:
Lavender gives slight calming, soothing and sedative effect.  Essential oil is extracted from dried lavender flowers. Some of the uses of dried flowers and Essential oil are:
  • Lavender essential oil is used for soothing skin rashes, burns, cuts, wounds and other skin diseases.
  • It is excellent oil for treating headaches, insomnia, anxiety, stress and depression.
  • Lavender oil is used in perfumes, creams, soaps, shower gels, hand lotions, bath salts and bath oils.
  • Lavender oil is used in insect and mosquito repellant creams.
  • Dried flowers are used in making potpourris and sachets.
  • Sachets and dry flower bags are used around the house to freshen the air, to keep the insects and bugs away.  Also used in closets to protect the clothes from moths and insects
  • A relaxing soothing tea is made out of dried flowers. Often lavender is used in herbal teas in combination with other herbs like Chamomile.
  • Little lavender oil added to bath water relieves stress and tension instantly.
  • Lavender stems can be dried and tossed into the fireplace for scented reminder of summer, during cold months.
  • Lavender incense sticks are helpful in clearing negative energies.
  • Lavender is used to flavor the cakes, jellies, honey, desserts and candies. Lavender sugar is used in cakes and biscuits.
  • In olden days people used to believe that hanging lavender spikes at the door will protect them from evil forces.
Precaution:
Because lavender oil is extracted from dried flowers, people with allergies should be cautious while using it. Pregnant and Lactating women should take doctor’s advice before using it.  Do not use store bought dried flowers directly for cooking, unless they are intended for that.

With its vibrant purple flowers, lavender is feast for the eyes and a delight for the senses. We should be thankful to God for giving us such a wonderful aromatic herb.

-Anu

4 Responses to “Herb Garden – Lavendar”

  1. Priya Says:

    Thank you, Anu for posting such an informative blog. I did not know Lavender could be used in so many ways. It is nice to know a natural healing method for various aches and pains. I have tried growing Lavender plant and I was not successful with it. This information will be useful when I try growing them again. The vibrant flowers really are a feast for the eyes.

  2. Sriram Says:

    Thank you Anu for sharing this blog. I never knew lavender this much in detail. The color of title to replicate the lavender is nice. Pictures are also very nice.

  3. Venugopal Says:

    Dear Anu, Thank you for the wonderful article as a part of Herb of the month series. I knew little about this particular herb until my recent visit to Mt Shasta where I saw picture of Lavender garden. This article is well structured and the list of benefits really surprised me. I’m not aware of these many benefits of Lavender. Also the pictures are very nice and went well with the content.

  4. Sanjai Says:

    Not only is the Lavender pleasing to the eyes but its usefulness appears to be plenty. The blog provides many practical uses for Lavender. Very nice presentation.