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Lavender
shopping: all 4 varieties
Lavandula angustifolia

lavender

plant overview
lovely and aromatic lavender

Lavender is a member of the mint family and one of the most popular herbs in the world. In addition to outstanding beauty and fragrance, lavender is amazingly versatile in terms of practical uses. The whole dried flowers are added to teas, baked goods and alcoholic beverages. The buds are also used to make various soaps, perfumes, skin salves and other cosmetic preparations. Powdered lavender flowers are also used in cooking and in making cosmetics, especially where a smooth consistency is desired (body powder, for example).

Clicking "learn more" next to each variety will take you to individual product pages for details.
Lavender
01.
The Rest of the Story
lavender history, folklore, literature & more

lavender flavor notes
a penetrating aroma that is sweetly floral, some citrus and minty undertones; potent flavor is slightly camphor to taste, with bitter aftertaste.

culinary uses for lavender
It is important to use lavender sparingly in recipes. Great in both sweet and savory dishes, and visually resplendent as a culinary decorative device.

household uses for lavender
Of all the simples in the botanical kingdom, few hold such a place of reverence in the gardens and hearts of herbal enthusiasts as lavender. Its graceful beauty, peppery fragrance, and potent therapeutic properties have made this herb a staple in the kitchen and bath.

lavender water recipe
This basic recipe has so many uses! Use it to freshen linens, as an herbal air freshener, as a hair tonic, or as a facial spritz (try refrigerating it).

ingredients
1 ½ cups distilled water
½ rosewater (available in pharmacies)
50 drops lavender essential oil

Combine all ingredients into a clean spray bottle. Shake before use.

lavender usable plant parts
flowers, leaf, whole plant (hedging)

farming and processing
Lavender is in the family Lamiaceae which is native to the western Mediterranean. It thrives with relatively little amount of water in sunny open areas. Lavender is grown in commercially on a large scale, mostly for its aromatic uses.

Lavender stems can be gathered just as flowers open. Leaves can be picked at anytime. Process lavender by laying stems on trays or hanging them in bundles.





choosing your lavender
When choosing which variety to purchase please consider: all are edible; all have the same aromatic value.

Ultra (743) has the most vibrant color and is good for visual purposes (cooking, potpourri, etc). Extra has a light blue/grey color and is less expensive, this makes it best for projects where color is not important as flowers will be hidden (making sachets, pillows etc.) Organic is, well just that, organic....




02.
Where in the World
habitat and range for lavender

Lavandula angustifolia is native to the western Mediterranean, primarily the Pyrenees and other mountains in northern Spain.

03.
A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information on lavendar

description
Lavandula angustifolia is a flowering plant in the Lamiaceae family. It is a strongly aromatic shrub growing as high as 1 to 2 metres (3.3 to 6.6 ft) tall. The leaves are evergreen, 2–6 centimetres (0.79–2.4 in) long, and 4–6 millimetres (0.16–0.24 in) broad.

Lavender flowers are pinkish-purple and one might even say—lavender colored. The produce on spikes 2–8 cm (0.79–3.1 in) long at the top of slender, leafless stems 10–30 cm (3.9–12 in) long.

common names & nomenclature
The species name angustifolia is Latin for "narrow leaf".

Also known as:
common lavender, english lavender, true lavender, narrow-leaved lavender, lavendula officinalis

04.
Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting lavender

climate
Grows on dry grassy slopes amongst rocks, also in exposed, usually parched, hot rocky situations in sun.

soil
Grows best in neutral to alkaline soils that are not continuously damp. Does better in a dry soil than a rich, moist soil.

growing
Sow seeds in the spring in a greenhouse; they should germinate in 1-3 months. Transplant into individual pots once the seedlings are large enough, plant out the next spring.

harvesting
The best time to harvest lavender is when the buds have formed on the plant but the flowers have not yet opened.

Once cut, hang flower stems can be hung in bunches upside down to dry. Dried flowers can be removed from stems and stored whole or powdered.

preserving
Store dried lavender flowers and dried powder lavender in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!
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