Lavender is an aromatic plant that has a wide range of use, mostly related to beauty and health. Besides its characteristic and intense scent, it also has endless benefits for the human body.
It is well known that it has antiseptic capacity useful when it comes to treating wounds or other skin conditions. Lavender oil has a beneficial effect on burns as it speeds the process of tissue regeneration. Its use is also recommended for fungal diseases, insect bites, inflammation, and skin allergies.
Lavender is also widely used in the cosmetics industry for the production of perfumes and body care products.
The smell of lavender is repulsive to many insects, such as mosquitoes, so a lavender pot or a bundle of dried flowers on the window can protect you during the summer months.
That being said, you can tell that it would be good for you to have one at your home, so you can enjoy its benefits. All you need is lavender seeds or cuttings and flower pot to plant it. If you have a backyard and a garden in it, it would be even more convenient.
This isn’t a highly demanding plant, it’s a bush that is very adaptable to weather conditions. But the best solution for you is to dry flowers so you can enjoy it for the whole year, not just when it blooms.
If you want to dry lavender on your own, here are the directions on how to do it.
First of all, you need to collect stems between 10 and 15 centimeters long (3”-4”). For this process to be easier, we recommend using scissors. Remove all the leaves and leave only flowers.
The next step is to make bouquets of flowers and tie them together with a rope or rubber band. You should do this right after collecting them, while flowers are still fresh.
Place them upside down in some bright room but not directly exposed to Sunlight. Airflow should be low along with humidity levels. It can take up to two weeks for the flowers to dry completely.
When dried, it will be easy to separate flowers from stems by only touching them gently. Keep the lavender in a glass jar to prolong its characteristic scent.
You can also make flower arrangements like pot-pourri or even pack lavender in small linen bags and put them in your closet to make your clothes smell divine.
We can use lavender as a spice in some meals or tea before sleep because it has a calming impact on the central nervous system and it can help with some sleeping disorders or migraines.
To prepare lavender tea, pour boiling water over 3 tablespoons of fresh or 1 and a half teaspoon of dried lavender flowers and leave it for 5 minutes.
One of the most interesting things about lavender that you probably didn’t know about is that it can improve your mood. Research has shown that lavender has a positive effect on your mood and that it can help with anxiety and depression.
There are many reasons why you should dry lavender and keep it in your home.