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People commonly associate lavender with two specific traits: its fragrance and its color. But you might not be known that the lavender flower and the oil derived from it have long histories in herbal medicine.
- Helping to improve level of sleep
- Helping to treat skin blemishes
- Offering a natural remedy for pain
- Reducing blood pressure and heart rate
- Relieving Asthma symptoms
- Lessening Menopausal Hot Flashes
- Helping to combat fungus growth
- Promoting hair growth
How to Harvest & Dry
Harvest & Dry :
harvesting lavender for essential oil distillation, needs to wait until 50%-100% of the buds are blooming.
harvesting lavender for dried buds to use in potpourri, sachets or culinary uses, harvest when 25%-50% of the buds are blooming.
The best time to harvest English lavender is when the buds have formed on the plant, but the flowers have not yet opened. Lavender flowers harvested at this time of year will fall off the stems more easily when dry, making it easier to collect. Closed buds also would be retained fragrance and color longer.