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Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia

Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, is so versatile… you simply got to have this plant in your garden. If not because of its many applications, then at least because of all the insects who will love you for it. For me, lavender’s beautiful colour and wonderful scent are important reasons in themselves to use this plant regularly.

Healing properties of Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia

Let us start with its medicinal properties. Both internally and externally, lavender has many important uses. It has a healing effect on multiple skin conditions, pains and cramps.
Its beneficial effect on nervous disorders is legendary and its effect on digestion is significant. Many people have found relief due to its effect on the lungs. And lavender is great for your hair!

Magical effects and more

The magical properties of lavender can be called broad, but to me its best application has to be its boosting power during magical work of any kind. Lavender also has a protective effect; it keeps evil forces at bay. Another of lavender’s well-known applications is love magic.
But there is much more. For one, lavender ensures that moths will leave your beautiful sweaters in peace. Read this monograph to discover the rest.

Botanical description Lavender, Lavendula angustifolia, Lavandula officinalis

Lavender is a shrub with woody stems. Lavender can live up to thirty years and, if left alone, it can grow up to two metres in height. Its root system goes quite deep because this plant is adapted to dry environments.
Lavender’s leaves are axillary, opposite, narrow and oblong in shape and up to 4 cm long. Both branches and leaves are grey-green in colour. The leaves are mainly located at the bottom of the stem and appear less and less towards the end. They protect themselves against drying out by means of the hair on their undersides and by curling back slightly.
At the stem apex, we find the inflorescence, a raceme with blue to purple tubular flowers. The colour of the flowers is influenced by the amount and intensity of the sun. After flowering, an achene is formed which contains four small nuts.

Interesting facts

Lavender in your wardrobe repels pests, including moths and lice.
I often carry a bottle of lavender oil with me when I am on the road. This enables me to quickly disinfect a wound.
Lavender has been used as a perfume for thousands of years.
In ancient times, prostitutes used to perfume themselves with lavender since it was rumoured to magically attract men. Because of this, excessive application of lavender was associated with paid love and used to identify prostitutes.
During the Renaissance, this prejudice was completely reversed. Back then, lavender was used to protect a woman’s chastity.

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