The Uses Of Lavender
The herb Lavender is often used in gardens because of its fragrance and beauty. It is also has medicinal and culinary uses.
Lavender is also known by English, French, or Italian Lavender. Italian Lavender is also known as Spanish Lavender. While English Lavender seems to be the favorite among a lot of people because of its tiny mauve colored flowers, French Lavender is the hardiest. The French version blooms for nine months out of the year while the English version blooms through the summer time.
It has a pleasant smell and grows in a nice bush. It does grow one to three feet tall and the fragrant blue, pink or white flowers do attract a lot of bees. When not in bloom lavender makes a nice evergreen hedge. This herb dates back to Tudor times, as it was popular in many of the gardens. Lavender was widely used in cooking and medicine. Presently lavender is mainly used in cosmetics and perfume.
The flowers and stems are what you use to make infusions. Lavender is used to ease muscle pain and stiffness. With the use fresh lavender in a cold compress applied to the forehead, it relieves headaches. You can also add it to your bath water as its properties help relax and refresh. When mixed with other herbs it is used for facial steam. Use dried lavender in a potpourri or her cushions. You can tie dry plant in bundles and put in your linen to keep moths away. It smells better than mothballs.
If you plan on growing lavender it will grow from seeds, cuttings or by root division from another plant. When rooting a plant by cuttings, it takes three months for the new plant to develop its own roots. Lavender requires an area that is well drained and is in a sunny sheltered location. If you live in an area that has harsh winters, you will need to protect the lavender from the elements. Although other plants need cutting back in the fall, lavender needs to be cut back in early spring.