Ah, lavender...it conjurs images of luscious fields of purple sprawling over the French countryside. The aroma is heavenly. In addition to it's beauty and wonderful scent, lavender has many practical uses. According to the website, lavendercentral.com:
You may already appreciate lavender for its aromatic fragrance, used in soaps, shampoos, and sachets for scenting clothes. However, this herb is also considered a natural remedy for a range of ailments, from insomnia and anxiety to depression and mood disturbances. Recent studies bear out years of anecdotal evidence showing that lavender produces calming, soothing, and anticonvulsive effects. According to some research, lavender may be as effective as certain barbiturates in treating sleep disorders.http://www.lavendercentral.com/uses.htm
In the spirit of water conservation, my husband and I have planted tons of lavender in our yard.
It's such a hardy, drought tolerant plant it's the perfect choice for our dry Utah climate. The lavender plant brings lots of bees to our yard. John and I sit in the garden every morning with our coffee, watching the bees flit from flower to flower.
Since lavender is a natural moth repellent, I use sachets tucked into drawers and hung in my closet to ward off the pesky insects. And it smells much better that moth balls!
Lavender Lovers of Utah can celebrate the harvest by participating in this year's "5K Run Through the Lavender" at Young Living Farms in Mona, Utah the 11th of July. Run or walk through 200 acres of fragrant purple blossoms. For more information:http://www.younglivingfarms.com/