Lavender has been used for over 2500 years. Native to India, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East, lavender is commonly grown for its aromatic flowers. Previously in history, Romans used lavender as a cologne for clothes, hair, and many other personal items. Today, lavender is more than a fragrant plant, it also contains many potential Health benefits. In this article, we will share how to grow lavender, the varieties, uses, and potential health benefits that can be gained.
Varieties Of Lavender
There are over 450 varieties of lavender, offering white, pink, blue-violet, and many different purple flowers, different fragrances, and plant sizes. Lavender belongs to the genus Lavandula, and the two most common species are Angustifolia and x intermedia(Lavandin). If your planning on growing lavender here are some recommended varieties that should be considered: ‘betty’s blue'(Lavandula angustifolia), ‘Impress Purple’ (Lavandula x intermedia), ‘Spike'(Lavandula Latifola), and ‘Edelweiss'(Lavandula x intermedia).
How To Grow Lavender
Sow lavender outdoors in late spring, or indoors in early spring. Grow lavender in large containers/pots, and full sun. Sow lavender seed around 1 cm deep, 24-36 inches apart as lavender usually grows up to 24 inches tall and wide. Lavender prefers well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost or manure. If you want to skip this process, you can buy ready grown lavender from any garden center in spring.
When roots start coming out of the drainage hole at the bottom, transplant your lavender in a bigger container/pot. Alternatively, dig a hole in your garden big enough for the roots, Place the lavender in, and fill the rest in with compost or manure. Water regularly especially in the first summer whilst your lavender is establishing. Lavender likes to grow in soils with less nutrients so fertiliser is not needed.
Uses And Health Benefits
In the early days, Romans used lavender as a cologne for their clothes, hair, and many other personal items. Today we use lavender in aromatherapy, oils, decoration, lotion bars, body creams, soaps, bath salts, and lavender vinegar. Lavender also contains many health benefits such as improving sleep, treating skin blemishes, reducing blood pressure and heart rate. In addition, lavender can help to relieve asthma, lessens menopausal hot flashes, combat fungus growth, and promotes hair growth.