Lavender 101

In working at Bonnieheath Estate, a lavender farm and winery, I’ve come to develop a relatively firm understanding of lavender. Prior to starting this job, I had some knowledge of this magical plant, but now that my knowledge has expanded, I thought I would offer a little lavender 101, if you will, in hopes of providing some education about this pretty amazing herb.

First off, yes, lavender is an herb, which many of us are unaware of. It’s also a perennial. In terms of the plant itself, lavender requires as much access to sunlight as it can get and well-draining soil. It’s roots can rot is if is immersed in water for an extended period of time, so keep an eye out for that when watering it yourself, if you happen to own some plants.

There are two main varieties of lavender that most of us are familiar with, although there are more than just two. English and French lavender are arguably the most predominant in Ontario to my knowledge, with English (Angustafolia) commonly being used for cooking, and French (intermedia) commonly used for aromatherapy as it has naturally occurring camphor in it, giving it a stronger scent. Both can be used for aromatherapy, though, depending on your preference.

Lavender offers a multitude of beneficial properties to those who make use of it. It’s lovely scent can help to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, and it can also be used to assist one in falling asleep. It’s often used in pillow sprays and bath products because of its highly recognized soothing smell, but again, it can be used in cooking as well.

Lavender truly is an incredible plant, and it’s popularity continues to progress. If you’re curious to learn more about it, a quick Google search will likely present you with the information you’re looking for.

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