Lavender is one of the most utilized and beloved plants in the herbal world. Lavender has a plethora of uses both cosmetically and therapeutically. The popular herb is also readily available throughout most of the world. While indigenous to Europe, this herb with long stalks of beautiful purple blossoms is easy to grow almost anywhere.
Lavender is well known as a favorite scent in bath products and the essential oil gleaned from the flower buds is hugely popular for medicinal purposes. Many people are drawn to the scent and may not know why. It is known to reduce stress and anxiety both in the scent of it and the use of essential oils. There are so many uses for lavender that even someone familiar with the herb may not know some of its uses. Here are five lavender facts every lover needs to learn.
- It’s a Mint: Lavender is a member of the mint family! You may not believe it’s a mint, but it actually is. It is also a perennial, so if you have lavender plants that you are growing, you can expect them to last for several years or even indefinitely if they are well taken care of.
- The Color: The color was so named after the common plant in this mint family, “lavandula angustifolia.” This variety is the most cultivated and common variety available. The color was created in art by combining purple and white paints to create a shade similar to the plant. It is one of the most popular colors in the world, especially for lavender lovers.
- Growing: Growing and using lavender is easy. The plant is very drought tolerant which makes it a good plant for the southern hardiness zones of the United States. You can also harvest the stalks and dry them out in just three weeks or so. When dried, it has many uses. You can make your own lavender oil or make drawer sachets for the scent.
- Bees and Butterflies: Bees and butterflies love lavender. If you have a garden and need to attract bees, this herb will help you accomplish that goal. In the Mediterranean, bees make a very good honey out of lavender nectar that is marketed worldwide. It also repels mosquitoes and other insects you don’t want around, so it always a plus to have some growing.
- Stress and Anxiety: Lavender and lavender oil has been shown effective in reducing stress and anxiety. It can also help you sleep as it has been found to make people drowsy. This fragrant herb and its essential oil can be a helpful tool for those with anxiety and depression who also suffer with sleep issues, or the pleasant scent can help you relax after a stressful day.
If you love lavender, you already know how good it smells and some of what it can do to enhance your life.