All about Lavender (Lavandula)
Lavender or as it’s scientific name, Lavandula Is an aromatic flowering plant of the mint family. This plant is commonly named after the colour of its bloom, however it can also come in a light rose shade, a variety of blues or even white! This shrub that is native to the Mediterranean region, the canary islands, Europe all the way to Northern and eastern africa, southwest Asia to southeast India bears flowers almost all summer long and even somewhat travels into autumn.
Brief history of Lavender
During roman times, lavender was harvested and sold to people to perfume bathwater and to wash their clothing. It’s late Latin name “lavandãrius” from Lavanda meant “things to be washed”. This was given due to its association with clothes-washing, washerwomen in medieval times where given the name lavenders due to how frequently it was used and associated with this task.
How to grow it
Lavender is a natural choice for any herb garden and is especially useful for a witch who likes to dabble in tea magick. It can line a foot path or can even do rather well within a container. Lavender generally prefers a sunny and warm place that has well-drained soil. Well-drained soil is a very important thing to keep in mind when growing lavender. To increase drainage you can always add builders sand to the soil before planting. Slightly alkaline soil with a pH of 6.7 to 7.3 is ideal for growing this shrub.
Set the plants out spaciously (about 12 to 18 inches apart) in an open area that has good air circulation but will be sheltered from harsh winds, as well as having full access to the sun. These plants will bloom within summer, although you can clip faded blooms to encourage blooming throughout the season.
Helpful tip: when harvesting lavender avoid cutting more than every third stem to keep the plant looking full.
Magickal and healing attributes
Lavender is associated with the element of air and the sign virgo. It can be used for purification purposes as well as in spells to encourage love or to sharpen the mind.
Lavender has many calming attributes, whether it’s for anxiety or to help with depression or even to help with insomnia, it surely relaxes the mind. The scent is relaxing and uplifting and is great for aromatherapy or to put in teas. If you’ve had a particularly stressful day, putting some lavender oil into a bath can even have a calming muscle therapy effect.
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