Hey there! Every Monday we are sharing an herbal monograph. What is an herbal monograph? Its a picture of a single herb. It's medicinal uses, culinary uses, how to plant, what the chemical make up of the plant are. Home uses and so much more!
This week we are sharing 10+ ways that lavender can be used. Ready to join us and find out what this lovely, decorative mediterranean plant can do?
Lavender also known by is botanical name, Lavendula Angustifulia is native to the Mediterranean area. It loves sunshine and dry soil so that isn't super surprising.
This plant also goes by several common names: English Lavender, True Lavender, Garden Lavender, Narrow-Leaved Lavender, but is not to be mistaken with lavendin. Which is not the same plant.
Lavender is a perennial shrub that grows up to approximentally 5 feet high. It has woody stems with busy/hairy leaves that are thin and flat in nature. The spikes at the end of the stems are where the little lavender flowers reside when they bloom.
Lavender plants are gown easier from cuttings rather than from seed. Growing from seed is also a possibility though with time and patience. As mentioned earlier the plant prefers to be in full sun and in well drained, dry soil. There is also a variety of lavender that sends up new shoots that can be replanted.
Some varieties are better for cooking than others, some have stronger scents than color and vice versa. All of them are beautiful!
Lavender is usually harvested from the time of flowering to mid or late July. It's best to collect the buds in the morning in order to get more of the essential oils in the flowers. To preserve its best dried in the shade or in a dehydrator at 95-125 degrees until moisture is removed. After it is preserved store the lavender in an airtight jar or ziplock out of direct sunlight, preferably in a dark cool storage area.
Lavender is rich in essential oils containing camphor, saponins, acids and coumarin. Lavender is also a great anti-inflammatory, astringent, anti-spasmodic and sedative.
While the most common parts used are the buds, the stems and leaves may also be used. To grab the 10+ ways that lavender may be used check out our video over on Youtube.
Below is our free Materia Medica & Herb Garden Journaling pages if you would like to join us in building your own herbal book. Until Wednesday, when we share another Quick Win on steeping tea and homesteading live.
Also check out our local lavender farm where we get our culinary lavender for tea at Eagle Creek Lavender Farm.
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