Lavender

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2 Plants/SF

Background

Lavandula angustifolia,is one of the may varieties of this most popular herb.This genus of flowering plants is found in Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean, and parts of Asia, and drier pockets throughout the world. Universally beloved scent aside, this herb is loaded with essential oils that can have powerful effects on the human body and psyche.  Whether used as food, fragrance or  effective herbal medicine it’s impact is significant!

Medicinal Value


Lavender is a strong nervous system calmer, a mild antidepressant, and can quickly relieve a headache.
add to the bath for alleviating tension, stress, and
insomnia. Lavender oil is an excellent antidote for insect bites, bee stings, and burns .There are a number of methods to use lavender to soothe anxiety and stress. The natural organic compounds in the leaves and flowers of lavender can be ground between the fingers, sniffed and then rubbed into the temples. Thoughts are calmed and the mood elevated. The same effect may be achieved by brewing a cup of tea. Additionally, lavender is an excellent nervous system calmer and  sleep inducer. Antioxidants and compounds within lavender can impact the endocrine system of the body to lower the levels of stress hormones in the body. The relaxing qualities of lavender, also help the heart by reducing blood pressure and easing the tension of blood vessels. This can prevent atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular issues, thereby lowering your risk of strokes and heart attacks.

The polyphenols found in lavender have a wide range of effects on the body, including anti-aging impacts, but it can also help prevent the development of harmful bacteria in the gut. Essentially, this will prevent the accumulation of gas in the gut from the emissions of those bacteria. This will ease stomach discomfort, reduce bloating, and eliminate cramping. Either chewing on lavender leaves or drinking a lavender tea can be effective in this way.

The anti-inflammatory and antioxident components of lavender are potent and can help to reduce inflammation throughout the body and easy hurting muscles.

Filling a spray bottle with water and lavender flowers and spritzing when skin is feeling dry or irritated, will quickly provide relief.  This can also work for chronic conditions, like psoriasis, eczema, and even acne.

Lavender is also antiseptic; its effect on infection is significant. Many people apply crushed lavender leaves on wounds and injuries to promote not only quick healing of the wounds, but also to prevent the development of infections at those sites. This has been a popular use for lavender since antiquity.

Ornamental Value

Plants prefer full sun and a dry, porous, drained soil. They are tough to the sun but not particularly cold hardy, In northern climes they are well suited to being planted in containers and bought indoors to overwinter.

Cultivation

Lavender seeds are very hard and will benefit from a brisk sandpaper stratification, followed by sowing on sandy soil in the light, kept moist and cool until germination, which can take 4 to 6 weeks. Yellowing seedlings are an indication of  suffering from cold and poor drainage.  Once the seedlings gain a healthy size, transplant them to quarts, grow them on that way for some weeks, then transplant again up to their final container or location. 

Harvest & Keeping

Harvest the flowers in early flowering stage, when the calyces are swollen and still vibrantly colored. Dry the flowering spikes vertically in the shade until the stems snap when bent.  At this time the plant may be rubbed on a screen and all stem removed from the dried lavender flowers. 

Precautions

Avoid high doses during pregnancy; it may stimulate the uterus. 

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