Lavender

Lavender Tea

Lavender likes plenty of sun and needs a well drained fertile soil. Lavender is sometimes used to blend with other teas, such as chamomile. Plants will grow to three feet tall.

 

Varieties

English Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia – Zones 5-8
‘Munstead’ An old-fashioned standard with blue-purple flowers. 18″ tall

‘Hidcote’ is favored for its dark purple flowers. 24″ tall

‘Jean Davis’ produces pale pink flower spikes. 18″ tall

L. x intermedia Zones 5-8
‘Provence’ dries particularly well. 30″ tall
‘Grosso’ is highly disease resistant and fragrant. 30″ tall

Fringed Lavender – L. dentata – Zones 8-9. This is a bushy, spreading shrub that produces dense purple-blue flower spikes that are very pretty, but only mildly fragrant. 3′ tall

French Lavender – L. stoechas – Zones 8-9. A beautiful Mediterranean native that is compact and bushy with fragrant, dark purple flowers topped by a feathery purple bract. Good cultivars include: ‘Dark Eyes’ and ‘Silver Frost’.

Spanish Lavender – L. stoechas subsp. pedunculata – Zones 9-10. Bears its flower stalks high above the foliage.

 

Homemade Mosquito Repellent

15 drops lavender oil
3 Tbsp of vanilla extract
10 drops of citronella oil or lemon-eucalyptus oil
1/4 Cup lemon juice
Spray bottle

Directions:

Combine above ingredients in spray bottle. Fill remainder of bottle with water, water/vodka or water/witch hazel mixture.

Spray yourself and any objects or areas you wish to keep mosquito free!

Some Healthy Benefits of Using Lavender

Anxiety & Depression
Lavender is a great way to sooth your anxiety and lessen depression. The scent will help to calm your mind and spirit.

Headaches
Massage lavender oil into your temples and forehead for relief of tension headaches.

Digistive Problems
Lavender helps to digest fats in foods. It also helps to relieve constipation and gas.

Healing Wounds
As an antiseptic lavender shines. It can help with cell growth and in turn help with healing of wounds. It is said to help with scars.

Insomnia
Have a drop of two of the essential oil for a good night’s sleep. Some people will put a few drops on their sheets to help get better sleep.