Monday, 9 October 2017 | Admin
Today, Lavender is our featured topic. As the current seasons Lavender has now been harvested, farms cafes and shops around the country are at their busiest welcoming visitors and selling products made from this amazing plant.
The flowers are generally in bloom from mid July and this of course depends very much on the area and prevailing weather conditions.
In the past, during times of conflict, Lavender had a special purpose. It was used in field hospitals as a disinfectant and antiseptic to dress wounds, there being sparse options otherwise.
Over centuries and, still today Lavender is used in the home for culinary purposes as well as for its therapeutic and fragrant benefits. It maintains its popularity too as a border plant in the garden. The flowers in shades varying from blue, white, pink and purple are full of nectar which helps our declining bee colonies. A favourite of mine is Hidcote as it is low growing, has compact flower heads and, so far has been very hardy in our Northern climate.
In Aromatherapy circles Lavender essential oil is one of the most revered and versatile of oils having many therapeutic qualities. It is also used in the blending of essentials oils to create a 'synergy'. This term simply put means that the combined properties of the compatible essential oils work together producing an effect which is more beneficial as a whole rather than if the oils were used singly.
Lavender can be used in several ways to create a fragrant home and here are a few suggestions:
Bags - Hand around the home or place in a drawer, wardrobe or linen cupboard.
Slumber pillows to aid sleep when placed inside a pillow case or near the head of the bed.
Sprays To refresh clothes, shoes, trainers or to eliminate cooking odours.
This popular plant in varied forms has many other uses. An extensive product range exists including:
Tea Bags, Honey, Ice Cream, Scones, Biscuits, Candles, Furniture Polish to mention just a few.
I am very interested to hear what you think of Lavender and how you use it so, do let me know. The boxed item shown here is available online now. In the meantime, new products are being developed, keep a lookout for them and I hope you will join me next time.