Lavender - (Lavandula officinalis)

Juniper Herb

Lavender is a perennial herb and is a member of the mint family. The flowers are purple, pink or white, and grow in whorls of six to ten flowers. The hardiest and most popular is the purple flower. The plant can grow up to 36 inches tall.

Plant Lavender in a sunny location in light, well-drained soil. Sow 1-2 weeks before last spring frost with about 12 inches between plants. The plant matures in about 60 days. Harvest the plant just as the flowers open.

The word "Lavender" comes from the Latin "lavare" which means "to wash". According to folklore lavender is a favorite scent of the elven folk, which is why it is sometimes referred to as Elf Leaf. Magically lavender is used for peace and love.

To make lavender tea you need about 1-2 teaspoons of lavender flowers to make one cup of tea.

Lavender is known for its calming and relaxing effects. Add 5-8 drops of lavender oil in warm water for a relaxing and soothing bath.

Parts used: Essential oil, flowers, stems.

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