Growing and Harvesting

Lavender loves full sun, dry conditions, well-drained and slightly sandy soil.

Lavender is very resilient and versatile, and can also thrive in damp conditions.

Each year, prune about 1 to 2 inches to promote growth the following year.

Harvest flowers just before they open. Best to pick flower stems on a warm,    

    dry day. Hang lavender in bundles, upside-down, to dry.

Medicinal Qualities

Lavender has been recognized throughout history for its healing and antiseptic                    

    qualities, and its ability to deter insects.

It is believed to ward off disease and infection by bathing with lavender.

People wore lavender around their wrists to protect themselves from sickness.

Lavender can help insomnia, depression, and stress.

Lavender tea is used to heal sinuses, headaches, hangovers, tiredness, tension.

Lavender is also used in aromatherapy.

Romantic Associations

Lavender also has many associations with love. Girls would put lavender under their lovers’ pillow to turn thoughts to romance.
Once married, lavender would be placed under the mattress to promote marital passion.

Historically Speaking

Lavender has been used throughout history as an anti-toxin and healing agent.

Roman soldiers would use lavender to dress war wounds.

Throughout history, it has been used as protection ... crosses were made of lavender and placed in doorways.

Queen Elizabeth I drank large amounts of lavender tea to treat her migraine headaches.

In history, lavender was used to cleanse a sickroom.

Food and Drink

Lavender is a wonderful companion to fruits such as raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, pears, lemons and oranges.

Try laying dry lavender stems on barbeque coals when cooking chicken, fish, or vegetables,

    to give it some added flavour.

Add some lavender flowers to liven up a salad.

Some of the above information derived from Tessa Evelegh’s book, Lavender

Torry Lane Mille de Fleurs is a member of the Lavender Association of Ontario

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