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Lavender Plants and Their Uses

From the Garden to the Kitchen, in Aromatherapy and in Crafts

 

Lavender plants are so versatile. Lavender buds, flowers, leaves and stems have multiple uses.

 

 

Lavender is an attractive plant that bursts into a profusion of beautiful purple-colored blooms. The flowers give off a strong, pleasing aroma when crushed. When dried, lavender retains both its color and scent, which has made it a favorite in centuries past and in modern times.

 

Lavender plants make a nice addition to the home garden. Low growing varieties form attractive borders; larger plants are used for wonderful, aromatic hedging. Lavender attracts butterflies, too, making it an all-round favorite with gardeners.

 

Lavender has definitely made a comeback. Lavender farms offer an assortment of lavender products; lavender festivals introduce people to lavender's uses in the home and on the health front. Trendy restaurants use lavender flowers to enhance the look and taste of popular dishes.

 

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Cooking with Lavender

 

English lavender has a sweet, exotic flavor and is the variety used most often for cooking.

 

  • Lavender flowers make an eye-catching addition to salads

     

  • Lavender butter or lavender sugar can be spread on toast

     

  • Lavender honey hints of days gone by

     

  • Lavender jelly makes a pleasing topper for bagels

     

  • Lavender cookies and lavender ice cream are favorites

     

  • Lavender vinegar is a nice change to the menu

     

  • Lavender can be used along with other savory herbs, such as rosemary or basil

     

Lavender Tea

 

Soothing lavender tea is a favorite for both its flavor and its healing, stress-relieving properties.

 

Lavender Aromatherapy

 

  • Lavender essential oil is used for a number of health conditions: to soothe the skin, for digestion, for headaches and insomnia, for nervousness and anxiety, for depressive feelings, and for stress relief.

     

  • Soothing lavender essential oil can be added to water and used as an aromatic mist for areas where you spend many hours.

     

  • Energy practitioners use lavender misting to clear negative energy and clean auras. A lavender spray mister containing lavender essential oil can be used to spritz skin and hair.

     

Lavender Oil

 

Oil is extracted from lavender plants and is used for perfume. Lavender oil can be added to bath water for a pleasing aroma. A few drops of the oil can be added to your pillow, to help with a restful night’s sleep.

 

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Lavender Toiletries

 

Lavender is a natural antiseptic cleanser.

 

  • Lavender soaps are a natural way to clean and heal the skin

     

  • Lavender shampoo is popular

     

  • Lavender is used in hand lotions, bath oils, and bath salts

     

Lavender Uses Around the Home

 

  • Lavender stems can be dried and tossed into the fireplace for a scented reminder of summer, during cold months.

     

  • Dried lavender flowers can be hung in closets to counteract musty smells

     

  • Lavender bags or sachets (containing lavender buds and lavender essential oil) can be added to the dryer to give clothes a wonderful scent.

     

  • Lavender furniture polishes and air fresheners clean and refresh the home

     

  • Scented lavender candles add light, fragrance, and ambience

     

Lavender Crafts

 

  • Lavender can be made into potpourri

     

  • Lavender can be woven around/into wreaths

     

  • Lavender can be added to floral arrangements

     

  • Lavender brooms make eye-catching wall decorations

     

Common Types of Lavender

 

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.

 

Lavender is a feast for the eyes and a delight for the senses. Lavender plants offer nature’s bounty in an attractive, aromatic package.

 

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Jun 15, 2008 Melody Rhodes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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