There’s an old nursery rhyme that goes “Lavender’s blue Dilly, Dilly, lavender’s green; when you are king Dilly, Dilly I shall be queen…”
I’ve always liked that little rhyme and, for some reason, my brother always liked it too! It was one of the ones in a book of rhymes we had that he would ask us to read to him (he’s a good bit younger than I) when he was young.
Those days are long gone but my husband and I moved last year to a house on four acres of land and I just recently planted lavender (seeds) at the edge of the flowerbeds outside the back door, which prompted my remembrance of that little rhyme.
I’m quite excited, as the tiny little sprouts started popping up out of the soil yesterday! I can hardly wait until we are sitting out on the patio some night this summer and can smell the lavender wafting through the air. It’s such a pleasant aroma and lavender is good for so many things. I thought I would list a few for you:
Healing/antiseptic: Lavender is great for healing any kind of cut, scratch or burn. I have seen amazing results using the essential oil on all of the above. I have even seen a very bad motorcycle burn that had gotten close to serious infection healed with very little scarring. If you look in the formulary section you will find a formula for a cream I make (Magic Cream) that calls for lavender essential oil.
Analgesic: It is also soothing for sunburns used in a lavender/milk bath. It takes the sting out and is healing to the skin. By the way, it works great on bug bites too! I’m hoping that having it beside the patio will help deter the mosquitoes this summer as well. I’ll let you know how that goes!
Calmative: Lavender has a calming/relaxing effect on most people and some animals. Often, it is used under the pillow in sachets to promote good sleep. Certain types of migraine headaches can be eased with lavender.
Perfume: Lavender is used as a perfume. Ancient Egyptians are reported to have used lavender in the mummification process because of the pleasant aroma.
Soap: I’m sure you’ve heard of lavender soap. It’s been around for ages!
Potpourri: Lavender is used in many potpourri mixes. Not only does it add a nice fragrance to the mix, the flower stalks are quite pretty as well.
Deer Repellent: Lavender is strongly scented, therefore deer and many other animals (including cats!) do not care for the scent. That’s part of the reason I planted it. The deer have already been nipping at my beans in the garden and the rabbits have eaten an entire red lettuce plant. Butterflies and bees love it though, and that’s a good thing! Have you ever had any lavender honey?
So, you see, there are a myriad of uses for this plant. I keep lavender essential oil in my herbal medicine kit. It’s definitely one of my go to oils for many of the reasons listed above. I like having the oil on hand for the ease and convenience of using just a drop or two of it in whatever way I need it.
I believe having the plant on hand will prove to be as useful, if not more so. I do have to admit, though, that I will continue to keep the essential oil on hand. I just don’t think I could do without it and the process of making that is very tedious.
Here’s a beautiful lavender laden sunset for you to enjoy:
Have you ever used lavender essential oil or the herb itself? If so, how did you use it? Did it live up to the reputation it holds? Let me know your experience with lavender in the comments below.