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The Lavender Garden

Rita Rodelli

515 West Stokes Street

China Grove, NC, 28023

loritarodelli@gmail.com

Phone:· 704-857-3220

Mobile:· 980-297-5382

More About Lavender

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About Lavender:

Prized for centuries for its healing, antiseptic and calming abilities, lavender remains the most versatile of all herbs.  The Romans, who first introduced lavender to England, were so impressed with its healing properties that they carried it along with them on their campaigns to dress war wounds.  Queen Elizabeth I, during England’s 16th Century, so adored lavender that not only did she drink copious cups of it as a tea but also paid dearly to a distillery for its compound as a perfume.  But it was Victoria’s long reign which created the wonderfully romantic lavender association with Victorian England.  Queen Victoria’s homes were impregnated with the aroma of lavender and she appointed a “Purveyor of Lavender Essence to the Queen!”

pix1Today it is the sun-baked slopes of Provence in Southern France which reign as the world’s largest producer of lavender.  Lavender seemed to find its home on the hot, sandy slopes of the Southern Alps in the region, and the Provence section, which is at the center of the perfume industry, has staked its claim as the world’s largest producer of all things lavender - distilling tons of lavender yearly for the wonderful essential oil of lavender. 


Lavender Cultivation:

The two major points to bear in mind when growing lavender are full sun and good drainage. Lavender is somewhat drought tolerant after it is established but it quite simply cannot tolerate “wet-feet”. When planting lavender consider making a mound for the plant on top of the soil. This is especially good to assist with adequate drainage when working in clay-like soils.

pix2Lavender’s natural home in the wild is the sunny alkaline slopes around the Mediterranean Sea with its light,well-drained soils.   So in most soils lime must be added to decrease the acid content of the ground. A PH factor between 6.0 and 8.00 is good for lavender. Remember to add lime, mound up the planting site for good drainage, and plant in full sun. Some bone meal can be added or a light application of a fertilizer such as 10 – 10- 10. Water the plants lightly until the new plantings are established. Afterwards, watering may not be necessary except in case of a severe drought.


Lavender Healing & Aromatherapy:

Lavender’s dreamy fragrance has made its sweet perfume highly regarded since Ancient times. The leaves, flowers and buds possess a soft, warm scent with woodsy undertones.

The valuable therapeutic oils of lavender are extracted by a distillation process and are useful for the relaxing of mind and muscles. Thus the essential oil of lavender is a perfect bathroom oil, good for bath and massage.

The combination of compounds in lavender essential oil is so complex as to prohibit its artificial duplication. These compounds contribute to lavender’s unique qualities of healing, soothing, and mood regulation:

Linalol

     

Helps kill bacteria and assists in the healing of burns and wounds.

Ketones

Useful in relieving pain and building new skin tissue. Ketones are the ingredients responsible for sleep inducement.

Esters

Helpful in reducing inflammation, to ease swelling and muscle spasms as well as its being helpful to regulate moods and lift the spirits.

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Lavender Culinary:

Most cooks are aware of the delicious results in baking and cooking that the addition of Rosemary can make. But not so many are mindful that Lavender can be substituted in any dish which calls for rosemary. Since lavender’s taste and fragrance is milder than rosemary, a bit extra of this herb can be added. The mild, sweet flavor of lavender adds to the good taste of dishes that range from salad dressings to desserts, and lavender tea is especially pleasing.

Lavender Recipes:

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