Lavender, Lavandula Angustifolia

 Common lavender belongs to the Lamiaceae Family.  It is also known as English,lavender,narrow-leaved lavender,  common lavender, true lavender, or Garden lavender. 

Identification: Common lavender grows 1 to 3 feet high in gardens. The flowers of lavender are very shortly stalked. The calyx of lavender is tubular and ribbed, purple-grey in color, 5-toothed (one tooth is longer than the others) and hairy. 

Edible Use: Several parts of lavender are edible including the leaves, flowering tips, and petals. They can be used as a condiment in salads and make a nice tea. Fresh lavender flowers can be added to ice creams, jams, and vinegars as a flavoring. Oil from the flowers is also used as a food flavoring. 

Aromatherapy: Lavender is an important relaxing herb, having a soothing and relaxing effect upon the nervous system. In most cases, all that is required is to breathe in the aroma from the oil. This relaxes the body, relieves stress, calms the nervous system, and eases headaches. The same effects can be achieved by adding whole fresh or dried flowers to the bathwater or placing the flowers under the pillowcase at bedtime.

Other uses:

Lowering Blood Pressure 

Urinary Tract Infections, Cystitis and Retained Fluids 

Respiratory Problems 

Kills Lice and Their Nits and Insect Repellent  

Aches and Pains

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