The Magic of Lavender

May 18, 2016

 Lavender is one of nature's greatest healers

  • Lavender is a favourite with bees. Bees get very relaxed when pollinating the lavender and usually will not sting. They are like happy drunks.

  • Lavender is super scented . Bees travel  up to 5 kms through smell of lavender

  • Lavender is drought tolerant

  • Lavender does not like wet feet

  • Lavender loves lime

  • Lavender has been used as a herb over 2,500 years. Lavender was used in Egypt to make mummies smell sweet

  • The Romans used lavender a lot for cooking, bathing and perfume .

  • Lavender keeps away insects and it perfumes the air.

  • The fragrance is long lasting and is used to keep linen and clothes scented.

  • Lavender brings peace and relaxes the breathing.

  • It is helpful to breathe lavender bags to relieve stress or clear the airways when you have a cold.

  • Lavender is used as a healing agent and is said to heal migraines, headaches and the common cold.

  • It is said that lavender oil perfumed leather prevented the plague.

  • Lavender rubbed into stiff joints can ease them.

  • Lavender in your bath is always relaxing

  • A lavender bag in your purse can be breathed in to relieve colds and relax breathing.  

  • Lavender can be gargled for tooth ache. Burning lavender oil at bed time can relax and help sleeping. Making lavender bags for under the pillow can help relaxation

  • Lavender bags, placed in camphor boxes is helpful to scare away insects.

  • The word Lavender comes from the same Latin root as the word as lavatory. In the olden days people would surround their toilets with lavender to keep the smell and insects away.

  • The word lavish came from the same Latin root. The lavender plant has so many flowers.

  • The word Lavender is probably sourced from Roman times

  • One of the herbs which Mary placed in the tomb around Jesus was lavender.

  • In Tutankhamen`s tomb when excavated the scent of lavender was still strong even after 3,000 years. Perfumed urns were sealed into tombs to provide fragrance.

  • Lavender farms are increasing in New Zealand and oils, soaps and creams, keep their perfume for many years.

  • The Lavender Plant loves a haircut and can flower profusely three times a year.

  • Types are now many. Most popular are the large French Lavendula dentate

  • English Lavender is best for aromatheraphy and cooking and is long flowering particularly if you dead head promptly.

  • Lavender water for ironing

  • Distilling for oil Bottles usually cost around ( $15 )

  • Antiseptic properties for mild burns or stings or mosquito itchy bites

  • Lavender tea for lifting spirits  soothing indigestion  for headaches

  • Lavender can be used for tea, biscuits, honey, ice cream or sprinkled on salad.

  • Types Lavendula stoecha ,French or Spanish not as scented or hardy as English

  • Lavender dentate, French lavender reaches height and spreads. It has a long season.

  • Lavendula intermedia. A heavyweight lavender in all respects, long life span and large quanties of oil.

  • Grosso or  Super, Hidcote, Munsted and Pacific Blue , Nan Alba( white )  are popular in NZ.

  • Planting in clumps helps bees.

  • France is producing wonderful lavender products. Some of these are available in Akaroa NZ but still Lavender is nowhere near as popular as roses.

  • Lavender Growers Association hold an International conference in Auckland in August

 

 For further information contact Shona at Shona@shonahammondboys.com

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