What Exactly Is Lavender?

Lavender is a flowering plant in the mint family that’s easily identified by its sweet floral scent. It’s believed to be native to Northern Africa, Mediterranean, the Middle East, and India, with a history dating as far back as 2,500 years.

In ancient times, lavender was used as a holy herb. Additionally, it was often used to freshen up and give a light scent to a variety of personal items, such as clothes and hair. The ways in which Lavender to this day is still similar to the ancient ways. There are many species, all in the genus Lavandula. Lavender is very closely related to other fragrant herbs such as sage, rosemary, and thyme.

  1. Ornamental

Lavender is one of the most common plants you can find in a garden. The plant makes a perfect choice for any flower bed, as its intense aroma can sweeten anyone’s day. It’s also incredibly easy to grow! Its durability allows you to harvest the flowers to use in floral arrangements, potpourri, and more. Because it grows in dense, low stands, it can even be planted to make informal hedges.

  • Medicinal

Lavender is a common ingredient in folk medicine and herbalism. Many believe that lavender essential oil can treat and cure a wide variety of ailments. Some of these are clinically tested and proved, and the results are published in scientific journals. Most of the time, it’s the essential oil you want. Lavender’s lovely scent is known to reduce anxiety and calm the mind. The calming fragrance of a lavender plant is thought to provide relief from stress, depression, and migraines. It is also considered anti-inflammatory and has antiseptic properties.

  • Skin Health

When applied on the skin, lavender essential oil can help fight off fungal infections. Eczema and athlete’s foot are just two examples of skin ailments that can be treated or at least soothed by using lavender. Aside from healing the skin from infection, lavender oil simply smells good. So, it’s commonly used in perfume, soap, shampoo, lotion, and countless other cosmetic products.

  • Cooking and Baking

 Lavender in baked goods should be used sparingly, but in the right proportion is delicious. It can be ground and used in baking cookies and cakes or bury the buds in sugar and allow the essential oil to soak into the sugar crystals for a week.  Lavender can also be used to kick up your homemade pizza dough. Just add 1-2 teaspoons (4.9 -9.8 ml.) of the herb to your favorite dough recipe. For toppings, stick to vegetables and creamy mozzarella.  Lavender honey is another option for use in baked goods, or just drizzled into a hot cup of tea.  Lavender is an anti-microbial, which means it should never be used in yeast bread recipes.

At the FitcliqueAfrica garden, Lavender is among the most grown plants and one of our favorite because of the calming scent it gives off. Some of our other products like Infused oils and Elevate candles have the lavender flavor. We also have seedlings for the lavender plant that are available for purchase. To know more about the lavender plant, you can visit our garden at FitcliqueAfrica Headquarters located in Ntinda right behind capital shoppers building.