So, here we are at day 12 of the A-Z Blogging challenge for April 2015 and we are the letter “L”. I have chosen to write about Lavender today.
Lavender is one of my favourite scents and I never tire of smelling it. There are hundreds of different varieties and they are mostly purple or lilac in colour, although some can be almost blue, and there are differences in their scent too.
There are lots of different uses for lavender. Did you know that it can be used to dissuade flies and wasps from entering your house in the summer? Simply tie up a bunch of dried lavender near an open window or door and the scent is enough to deter any flying invaders.
Lavender can be used in many ways in the home, including in soaps and cleansers for the body. It can be used as an antiseptic too. Grazes, mild burns and skin irritations can be successfully treated with oil of lavender in water, and it is useful in the treatment of dandruff.
Made into a tea or a tincture, lavender can be used to combat depression and added to buckwheat grains in a pillow it can be used to help promote relaxing and restoring sleep. Lavender can be used alongside other herbs such as chamomile to help with digestive problems and to soothe upset stomachs. Some care does need to be exercised though, especially for men/boys and pregnant women. As with any herbal medicine it is advisable to seek advice before you try anything new for yourself.
Whilst growing in the garden, lavender is highly attractive to bees which is something badly needed in our country at the moment. Bees are dying out which has a huge impact on our environment in ways that we are only just about getting to grips with.
All in all, lavender is a wonderful plant that has so many uses and is a beautiful addition to any garden and home.