12 Things You Maybe Didn't Know About Lavender

This flowering plant has a rich history and there are a plethora of ways to utilize lavender, from cooking to keeping bugs away.

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Lavender Uses

Every part of the very versatile lavender plant is usable. The flower buds freshen up a room and the stems can keep the bugs away when camping. You can also distill lavender and infuse it to make bath products, desserts or drinks.

Rich in History and Scent

The use of lavender dates back many centuries. The Egyptians used it in the mummification process. Romans bathed in it. Lavender, whose botanical name is "Lavandula," comes from the Latin "lavare" which means "to wash."

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The More, The Merrier

There are 453 varieties of lavender. Different types can be used for different things, so do your research before making your own lavender drinks or bath bombs.

Lavender Treatment

Lavender is said to be great for burns, including sunburns and poison ivy, but check with your doctor before trying any alternative treatments.

Bring on the Sun, Hold the Rain

Lavender is drought tolerant and does not like getting its feet (roots) too wet. So be sure to plant lavender in well-drained soil.

Tip: Mound up the soil to keep the roots further from water level.

Lavandula Stoechas

Stoechas, or Spanish lavender is a variety of lavender that has a distinct look and loves hot weather. This type thrives in hotter regions and will tolerate heat and humidity best. Stoechas' pineapple-shaped bloom with wings is great for sachets.

Culinary Lavender

Be sure to use culinary varieties (Angustifolias) of lavender for cooking desserts or crafting drinks, because of its sweeter taste. Provence lavender has more of a peppery taste and is great for making herbes de Provence for savory dishes.

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Lavandula Angustifolia

Also known as English lavender, Lavandula Angustifolia grows up to only 24 inches in height and ranges the most in color, from white to pink to deep purple.

Bathing Benefits

Lavandula Intermedia varieties of lavender are higher in camphor, and are thus used in bath products and for medicinal uses.

French Lavender

French Lavender varieties Grosso, Phenomenal, Provence, Fred Boutin and Gros Blue can grow up to 42 inches.

Pest Repellent

Lavender is also great for keeping deer, mosquitoes, scorpions and moths away.

Cut and Plant

It can be very difficult to germinate lavender seed. As a result, the preference for reproducing the plant is to take cuttings and propagate them.

Lavender Source

The Red Oak Lavender Farm in historic Dahlonega, Georgia is the largest lavender farm open to the public in the state. The farm grows 2,000 lavender plants of 20 different varieties.

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