Lavender

 

Lavender (bot. Lavandula) is a beautiful, flowering herb in the mint family and there are whole 39 different species of it. It is known for its lovely purple flowers and wonderful fragrance.

It is often grown in gardens for its beauty  alone and commercially it is used in the production of  essential oil.

 

 

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Lavender and its oil is used all around the world in perfumes, cosmetics, bath products, incense and potpourries.

Bees make high quality honey from its flowers.

 

 

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The flowering plant is always very decorative, whether there is a whole purple field of it or a small pot on a balcony and it smells heavenly.

 

 

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Dried lavender makes clothing and linen smell good and deters moths.

It has a reputation for helping against insomnia, promoting good sleep and relaxation and has long been used in this way.  Try filling a small cotton bag with dried lavender and put it under your pillow. It smells wonderful and does help against sleeping problems the first few nights  –  later this effect gradually decreases.

 

 

Drying lavender on newspapers.

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Lavender oil must be used with caution. It is a powerful allergen, cytotoxic and increases photosensitivity. I always prefer to use the real plant, fresh or dried.

 

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4 Responses to Lavender

  1. Herman says:

    I love lavender. I got 180 lavender plants in my garden. I didn’t know about the reputation of helping against insomnia. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh I love lavender! Gorgeous photos Aditix!

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