Let’s talk about lavender! 🌿🌸
A few days ago I visited beautiful lavender fields of Köröshegy. Many people recognise its unique fragrance, and while some find it aromatic others would rather stay away from the odour. Nevertheless, using lavender in human history dates as far as 2500 years ago. Both, Romans and Greeks used to add it to their baths to perfume the water. This is why the name Lavender comes from the Latin verb "lavare" which means to wash. Since the Greeks associated scent of the flower with holiness, faint aroma is nowadays often found inside sarcophagus of many Pharaohs.
It is safe to say I enjoy everything about lavender, including zillion of bees 🐝
Lavender is a very useful plant. Its scent deters many pests such as mice, flies, mosquitoes and other insects. A study published in Functional Ecology (the journal of the British Ecological Society) found that an average of 90% of flying visits to the flower was from bees. A widely known fact is that nectar from lavender is used to make high quality honey.
Beyond the plant’s nutritious benefits, lavender oil can be used to soothe aching muscles and joints, heal cuts, support brain function, and reduce anxiety and stress. One such study showed that lavender oil serves as a natural treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Inhaling lavender essential oil can help to prevent brain oxidative stress and improve cognitive impairment. Researchers believe that lavender’s neuroprotective effects are due to its natural antioxidant properties. If you are interested, the whole study can be read from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23351960.
One study on rats, conducted in 2016, found that lavender oil promoted wound healing in the early phase by accelerating the formation of granulation tissue and promoting collagen synthesis. The area of wounds treated with lavender oil was significantly decreased compared to the control group. The full study is available at:
Some lavender oil I got from the local vendor
This being said, growing lavender seems like a fairly good idea. If you are considering it, here are some useful tips. There are many lavender species with even more varieties. Common to all of them is that they are quite hardy plants which can tolerate neglect very well. Basic requirements for lavender growth are full sun and good drainage. Vast majority of the species are very adaptable and prefer to grow in rocky soil with a high pH, and in drought-like conditions after getting established. They do not like so called “wet feet.”, because the water abundance makes the plant rot.
Some lavender varieties are better fitting to certain environments than the others, and sometimes it can be hard to decide which one to pick. If you have doubts, feel free to reach out to me to help you choose the best one for your garden. You can write me via form on my page: https://www.ecosmithcodingstation.com/tanja
As much as my arms can take.. lavender 💜