Lavender is a plant with distinctive purple flowers, which is full of fragrance and its cultivation is mainly characterized by French Provence. The lavender fields stretch into the distance with picturesque stone farms.
What it is and how it is grown
Lavenders are low shrubs growing to about one metre. They have purple or white flowers. However, mostly species with purple flowers are grown. There are several species, of which the most widely planted is the lavender. Other species are planted for ornamental purposes only, not for use in medicine, perfumery or the kitchen. Wild lavender also grows on the mountain slopes of southern France and is highly prized.
Lavender is native to the Mediterranean and has always been used mainly in cosmetics, but also as lavender tea.
It can also be used to bake various cookies and sweet treats. It is also used to make syrups, medicinal ointments, but especially perfumes.
In full sun
The blooming lavender flowers are harvested in full sun to bring out their fragrance. They are then distilled in huge stills and the result is lavender water with lavender oil. It has a very distinctive scent and is the main ingredient in many cosmetic products.
You can find lavender fields here today. There are several eco-farms that grow this plant, but their production is very small. You can also grow lavender yourself at home in your own garden or in a pot.
It needs abundant watering and a good quality, preferably natural fertilizer.
In the lavender fields of French Provence, farmers often struggle with weeds. They use mint as a natural remedy against the proliferation of other plants. It is very expansive and has a great ability to kill all plants within its range. However, lavender is able to live in a symbiotic relationship with mint and does not interfere with its growth.
How to drink lavender
Lavender tea is prepared by placing 1 teaspoon of dried flowers in a strainer and pouring hot water over them. The flowers are then infused for 10 minutes. The tea is taken 3 times a day for a maximum of 3 months at a time or as a single dose for ailments.
From lavender are also prepared syrups, from which you can also make tea and you will not be delayed by the infusion. You boil the lavender flowers in hot water, let them infuse for at least an hour and preferably overnight. Then you add a few drops of lemon and sugar.
You pour the hot syrup into bottles and can take it by the spoonful or make tea by pouring hot water over it.
Lavender tea is mostly drunk in moments of well-being. As it has a calming effect and helps with insomnia, it is not recommended to drink it when you have some physical or mental exercise to do. You should indulge in the tea preferably before going to bed or while resting.
Most famous tea recipes and instructions
The most famous recipe for making lavender tea is to pour hot water over a teaspoon of the flowers. You can also leave it to infuse in the fridge for 24 hours before taking it to give it maximum strength.
Drink it on its own or sweetened with sugar, honey, various types of syrups and you can even add a squeeze of lemon.
It has a mild, slightly aromatic taste and a pleasant lavender scent.
Health benefits of lavender tea
The health benefits of lavender are very broad. First of all, it has antidepressant, anti-insomnia, bad mental states and neuroses properties. Lavender tea will calm you down and create an atmosphere in which you can easily fall asleep. Not only for its taste, but also for its aromatherapeutic properties.
Lavender is also very effective against inflammation and has a healing effect on wounds.
It is made into various ointments and skin creams. You can also pour lavender decoction over your head after bathing. It has beneficial effects on the hair and scalp.
It helps to treat migraine and tension headaches. It is very effective for inflammations, eczema and regenerates the skin. It has a positive effect on inflammations in the mouth, such as aphthae or periodontitis. It promotes digestion and regulates the proper functioning of the digestive tract.
Also helps against flu and colds
It is also very suitable as a massage oil for tired muscles and joints. You can prepare lavender oil with the tea, pouring the remaining infusion into the bath and bathing in it. It will heal minor injuries and refresh your skin.
Lavender desserts, cakes, biscuits and lavender wine are very tasty. It is also effective against moths and repels insects. S Lavender is used to make the typical lavender linen bags, which you can put in your closet and scent your laundry. Or put them under your pillow and breathe in its scent in your sleep, which will give you beautiful dreams.