Lavender is a very common herb that has been used for hundreds of years for its many healing properties. The Lavender plant is quite finicky, though and requires specific conditions to grow. The easiest lavender to grow in the northern United States is S. Munsted. It grows best outside in sandy soil. It is not recommended to mulch around Lavender plants because the mulch helps hold in moisture. Best soil for planting Lavender: two parts potting soil, two parts peat, two parts sand and one part compost. These plants need at least six hours of sunlight a day.
According to scientific research, lavender flowers do have healing properties. The pure essential oil of the plant can be applied to cuts, scratches, burns, blemishes and insect bites. Other practitioners of natural medicine recommend it for anxiety and depression, due to its calming and tranquil effects. This versatile plant’s essential oil can be used in a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil to massage the body. It can also be added to steaming water for inhalation of the vapors.
Please make sure that you are purchasing essential oils from a trusted and reputable company! Essential oils that are not pure can often do more harm than good when used as stated above.
It is best to harvest at the end of the flowering season.
Lavender is antispasmotic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. Historically, it has been used internally as a tincture for insomnia, irritability, headaches, depression and asthma. External uses other than listed above are relief from scabies and head lice, repels insects, and masks odors.
Source: the good Herb: recipes and remedies from nature by Judith Benn Hurley
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