Top 10 Uses for Fresh Lavender
What are the Top 10 Uses for Fresh Lavender? When you hear the word “lavender,” you might immediately think of a lighter shade of purple. But there’s more to this herb than its colour.
If you live in South Africa and have a garden then you will more than likely have one or more lavender bushes. But have you ever wondered what to do with these fragrant and beautiful flowers? When does lavender bloom in South Africa? Lavender blooms all year round in most parts of South Africa. Lavender prices in South Africa vary but we offer bulk dried lavender for sale across South Africa for your medicinal as well as decorative needs. Many wedding and event planners buy bulk dried lavender from us to decorate their event.
The origin of Lavender is believed to be from the Mediterranean, Middle East and India. Its history goes back some 2500 years. Lavender is a flowering plant of the mint family known for its beauty, its sweet floral fragrance and its multiple uses.
The ancient Greeks called Lavender nardus, after the Syrian city of Naarda and was commonly called Nard. Lavender was one of the holy herbs used to prepare the Holy Essence and Nard, or ‘spikenard’ is mentioned in the bible in the ‘Song of Solomon’ among other places.
Lavender derives its name from the Latin ‘lavare’ meaning ‘to wash”. The Romans used Lavender to scent their baths, beds, clothes and even hair. They also discovered its medicinal properties.
Today, lavender is more than just a fragrant plant. As it turns out, this herb is also commonly used for medicinal and therapeutic benefits. So if you’re dealing with a few medical issues of your own, and you don’t want to risk the unpleasant side effects that come with many over-the-counter and prescription medicines, here’s a look at the potential health perks of using lavender.
- Helps Improve Sleep
- Treats Skin Blemishes
- Pain relief
- Reduces Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
- Relieves Asthma Symptoms
- Helps Ease Menopause Symptoms
- Combats Fungus Growth
- Promotes Hair Growth
But what are the Top 10 Uses for Fresh Lavender?
- Lemonade: Make a tea with fresh lavender leaves and hot water. Strain the water and add it to your lemonade. Put a dollop of honey infused with fresh lavender in iced tea, or put dried lavender flowers in your sugar bowl. For an unexpected surprise, add fresh lavender flowers to a very cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The wine’s fruitiness pairs well with lavender.
- Grilling: Tie fresh lavender and fresh rosemary into a bundle and place it on the grill with your favorite meat (lamb is particularly yummy with lavender).
- Cooking: Add one-half teaspoon of dried lavender to your favorite sugar-cookie mix, or make fresh homemade lavender ice cream. Blend chopped lavender flowers with butter for a savory scone topping.
- Carpet freshener: After the fresh lavender dries, grind it up and add it to baking soda, then sprinkle it on your carpet. When you vacuum, the whole house will smell like lavender and it’ll freshen your vacuum cleaner, too.
- Dog deodorizer: Rub a clump of fresh or dried lavender into your dog’s fur.
- Sleep aid: Squeeze fresh lavender flowers to release their calming oils onto your fingertips, then rub your temples. Or boil dried flowers in water and inhale the vapors.
- Antiseptic: Rub lavender essential oil or fresh lavender flowers on a cut to hasten healing.
- Potpourri: Mix dried lavender flowers with fresh thyme, rosemary or mint leaves, ground coriander and ground cloves for an aromatic potpourri.
- Bath sachet: Place 2 tablespoons of lavender and 2 tablespoons of oatmeal in a muslin bag or cheesecloth, and tie it beneath the bath spigot so water flows through it. Rub the bag on your skin while bathing. Or add 1 pound of baking soda, 7 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil and a handful of fresh lavender blossoms to a warm bath.
- Mister: Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a sprayer bottle of water for a refreshing room mister or a dog deodorizer
As you can see, lavender is far more than just a color or a vibrant plant. Between its pleasant aroma and its potential to help you cope with a variety of ailments, you may benefit from adding this remedy to your regimen – whether the lavender is in oil, capsule, or tea form. And you can even incorporate it into making your own herbal smoke blend and smoke it too!
If you are wanting to buy bulk lavender in South Africa then browse our online African Herb Shop here.