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Lavender or Lavandula - a versatile herb

  1. One of the best known herbs, especially because of its pleasant scent, is lavender. Lavender is derived from the Latin word Lavandula. And Lavandula is a derivative of the Latin verb lavare, which means to wash.


  1. Lavender was added to water in ancient times, when there was no soap yet. With this they washed themselves. The flowers of lavender are purple and the pointed leaves have a gray-green color. Lavender is mainly found in the Mediterranean. Southern France in particular has many lavender fields. The ancient Romans and Greeks used lavender infusions in ointment and perfume. In the Middle Ages, the dried flowers were used to expel unpleasant smells. Bundles of lavender sprigs were also used to ward off fever.


  1. The regular lavender plant can grow up to ninety centimeters high. There are also some smaller varieties. The thick and woody lavender bushes must be pruned regularly to prevent "overgrowth". The pointed leaves are relatively small and the small bell-like flowers are in clusters on long blades. The fibrous roots are hollow and branch wide and quite deep into the ground.


  1. The Romans brought the lavender to Northern Europe. Since then, lavender has been the best-known (scent) herb. Lavender is used extensively in the perfume industry. It is a commonly used ingredient in ointments, soaps, etc. In the past, the lavender flowers were sprinkled on the floors of houses to give them a nice scent. Insects were also expelled by using lavender or its extracts (in essential oil form, among other things). Lavender can also be used in a warm bath for a soothing and relaxing effect.


  1. Lavender flowers can serve as a seasoning in dessert sauces and fruit blends. When caramelised, lavender can be used as a garnish for a pie or cake. Lavender is widely used in the preparation of essential oils, tinctures, herbal oils, cosmetic lotions and ointments, perfumes and deos, and repellants.

Internal use of the herb with:

  1. Digestive disorders fears rheumatism irritability tension headache migraine insomnia

External use of the herb with:

  1. Burns rheumatic pain muscle strain

Growing tips

  1. Lavender should be planted in dry, well-drained and preferably stony soil. The plant needs heat and sun. Pruning is best done in the spring. The cuttings should preferably take place in the summer.

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