How to Add Lavender to Your Herb Garden
Lavender engulfs one’s senses with delight and pleasure – beautiful flowers in purple, lilac, white, pink or mauve shades featuring a sweet and soothing herbaceous aroma. Lavender plants are definitely a lovely sight to behold and a relaxing scent to smell after a stressful day!
Lavender (Lavandula), is a flowering plant cultivated for its use as a flavoring herb, medicinal herb, ornamental plant for landscaping and gardening and for the extraction of oils used widely in bath soaps, perfumes, cosmetics, body lotions, salves, and topical ointments.
Cultivation of Lavender
With its relevance in both health and aesthetics, lavenders are widely cultivated. Lavenders can be propagated from cuttings and seeds although many gardeners prefer cuttings.
- Take lavender cuttings by snipping off 7.5-10 cm. (3-4 inches) stem from healthy but non-flowering lavender shoots. Remove around two-thirds of the leaves and dip the tip in a rooting solution. Plant the cuttings 2 inches deep in a pot filled with damp sand.
- Place the pot indoors in a sunny spot and water it to keep the roots slightly damp. Reduce watering upon observing growth of some leaves and roots.
- You can now place the pot outdoors after one month when it already have enough roots to easily survive outside.
Tips on Growing Lavender
- Lavender thrives well in sandy or gravelly well-drained soils.
- Lavenders love dry conditions and thus it is best to put them in a sunny spot. Do not overwater the plants to avoid root rotting.
- Prune the lavender plants during late summer.
- Harvest lavender when the flowers are just opening because it is during this stage that they are at their peak in aroma and colors.
Medicinal Uses of Lavender
Lavender is recognized not just because of its beauty but also with its healing properties.
Sleep better with lavender – Got some big eye bags because of sleeplessness? Combat insomnia by drinking lavender tea! Lavender is known to be a tonic which can help in getting a better and more refreshing sleep.
Relax and take it easy – After a long stressful and exhausting day, lavender can help you feel calmer and more relaxed through its soothing effect helping you combat anxiety, agitation and stress.
Lavender: A Miracle Wash – Suffering from wounds, sores or cuts? Lavender can help heal these and additionally avoid infections through its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
Pain, pain – Go away – Are you in pain? Lavender can help relieve headaches/migraines, joint and nerve pains, toothaches and sprains.
Lavender for your crowning glory – Get a healthier and dandruff-free hair with lavender! Lavender used as a hair rinse can help reduce hair loss and get rid of nasty dandruff.