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What Is Lavender Used For?

Lavender,Lavandula officinalis, is a showy herb that can be included in a medicinal, culinary or ornamental garden. The botanical name lavandula comes from the Latin word lavare, meaning "to wash." Long revered in literature as a herb of love, it is a key ingredient in soaps and shampoos, sachets, perfumes and seasonings.

The use of lavender as a strewing and bathing herb by the Romans is well documented. Though many enjoy this wonderful herb for its soothing and calming effects, you may not realize that it is also an incredible healing agent for burns, wounds, insect bites and stings. Lavender essential oil is a gentle and inexpensive addition to any medicine chest. The essential oil has the special trait of being safe to used neat, or straight on the skin. It soothes burns immediately and without any sting.

Lavender is normally taken or used in the form of an oil derived from the flowers by distillation with water. The flowers have an antibacterial action, so today's herbal remedies often include lavender for either its sedative or antiseptic properties. Particularly good to repel moths..much better than using toxic moth balls.To enjoy the subtle, calming aroma, toss a muslin bag of dried lavender into the dryer with each load of sheets and towels.

How To Grow Lavender

Lavender prefers full sun, little water, and poor, alkaline soils that are warm and not particularly fertile. Lavender comes in so many varieties that you can find it in virtually any height, strength of scent and can be grown successfully in almost any zone. Find a local nursery to buy plants from and you can be assured that the variety you choose will work well in your area.

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