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LIFE -  4/7/2010 - Lavender
LIFE -  4/7/2010 - Lavender
LIFE -  4/7/2010 - Lavender
LIFE -  4/7/2010 - Lavender
LIFE -  4/7/2010 - Lavender
LIFE -  4/7/2010 - Lavender
LIFE -  4/7/2010 - Lavender
LIFE -  4/7/2010 - Lavender
LIFE -  4/7/2010 - Lavender
LIFE -  4/7/2010 - Lavender
LIFE -  4/7/2010 - Lavender
LIFE -  4/7/2010 - Lavender
LIFE -  4/7/2010 - Lavender
LIFE -  4/7/2010 - Lavender
LIFE -  4/7/2010 - Lavender
LIFE -  4/7/2010 - Lavender
LIFE -  4/7/2010 - Lavender
LIFE -  4/7/2010 - Lavender
LIFE -  4/7/2010 - Lavender
LIFE -  4/7/2010 - Lavender
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LIFE - 4/7/2010 - Lavender

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  • 1. Wonders of Lavender
    Kata Fountain & Cheryl LeJune
  • 2. Aromatic, evocative, nostalgic, soothing, romantic, healing… let’s meditate!
  • 3. History of Lavender
    Used over 2,500 years ago
    Latin root, lavare meaning “to wash” or livendulo meaning “livid” or “bluish”
    Egyptians used in mummification process
    Christian reference in the Bible
    The Phoenicians and the Arab World used it as perfume
    Roman Empire and North Africans used the oils for bathing, cooking, and to freshen the air
  • 4. History of Lavender (Cont’d)
    Around 600BC, spread across Europe from Greece to France and England
    In Medieval and Renaissance Europe, was used to protect against infections such as plague or cholera
    European royalty fondness for lavender during Victorian Era (Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, and Charles VI of France)
    In modern times the plant was rediscovered by Rene Gatefosse for its essential oils and aromatherapy
    World War I. wound dressing, disinfect in hospitals
  • 5. Benefits of Lavender (in general)
    Lavender produces slight calming, soothing, and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled.
    Its fragrance is used in soaps, shampoos, balms, perfumes, cosmetics, and topical applications
    Used in sachets for scenting clothes or wedding confetti
    Repels insects and moths
  • 6. Benefits of Lavender (in general) Cont’d
    Calming effect on pets and children in vehicles
    Used in Integrative medicine, such as massage, acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation
    Aromatherapy to slow nervous system
    Essential oils will help with re-growth of hair
  • 7. Benefits of Lavender
    Benefits of Lavender in modern day medicine
    • Antiviral
    • 8. Antifungal, also treats eczema and acne
    • 9. Antiseptic/external disinfectant
    • 10. Anti-inflammatory
    • 11. Relieves muscle tension and pain
    • 12. Speeds healing – after surgery
  • Benefits of Lavender in modern day medicine
    Benefits of Lavender
    • Prevents/reduces scaring
    • 13. Relaxes brain waves/reduces stress/dizziness/headaches
    • 14. Anti-depressant, anti-moodiness
    • 15. Circulatory stimulant
    • 16. Other: microbial activity on gums, nervous stomach irritations
  • Available Forms
    Flowers, essential oil
    Bath gels
    Extracts
    Infusions
    Lotions
    Soaps
    Teas
    Tincture
    Whole, dried flowers
  • 17. How to take it
    How to Take it
    • Children: oral use is not recommended since it is toxic used topically, but diluted to treat skin infections, minor cuts and scrapes; use it in aromatherapy by dropping oil in boiling water, inhale vapors for headache, depression, or insomnia
    • 18. Adult: Internal use
    • 19. Tea – 1 to 2 tsp whole herb per cup of hot water;
    • 20. Tincture (1:4 ratio) 3 times a day
    • 21. Inhalation – 2-4 drops of oil in 2-3cups of boiling water, inhale vapors for headache, depression, or insomnia; Tropical external application: add 1-4 drops per tbsp of base oil such as almond or olive oil.
  • Precautions
    Precautions
    • Precautions!!!
    • 22. Herbs of any kind can trigger side effects and can interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. It is strongly suggested that pregnant women should not be using lavender.
  • Field of lavender in Provence
    Photo credit: wayfaring.info
  • 23. Village of Gordes in Provence
  • 24. Gardening
    • Lavender likes/dislikes
    • 25. Likes well-drained soil
    • 26. Likes full sunshine
    • 27. Likes plenty of room – mature plant can be 3 feet in diameter
    • 28. Doesn’t like ‘wet feet’ – plant away from sprinkler system
    • 29. Challenge along the Texas Gulf Coast
    • 30. Hot, humid summers
    • 31. Heavy, ‘Texas Gumbo’ soil
  • Gardening
    • Container gardening is a good option
    • 32. Put a pot of lavender on your porch, enjoy the aroma and maybe, harvest enough flowers for lemonade!
    • 33. Suggested varieties – lavandin hybrid lavenders
    • 34. Provence – transplants or cuttings
    • 35. Grosso – transplants or cuttings
    • 36. Sweet – transplants or cuttings
    • 37. Spanish – L. stoechas – can be grown from seed
    • 38. Experiment with different varieties
  • Gardening
    • When planting, water the plant well and continue to water the baby plants until roots are established
    • 39. Once established, plant is drought-tolerant and needs much less water
    • 40. Prune back 1/3 of plant between Nov/Feb to promote new growth
    • 41. Plants/seeds can be found at local nurseries
    • 42. Wildseed Farms – Pack (l. angustifolia)$1.25 to cover 15-20 sq ft
    • 43. Plants on sale now at Chappell Hill Lavender Farm - $3.00/plant
  • Recipes
    Lavender has been used in most any type of food
    Lavender Sugar
    Cookies
    Lemonade
    Vinegar
    Honey
    Jelly
    Coffee Cake
    Potatoes
    Pork Chops
    Pound Cake
    Biscuits
    Oatmeal
    Photo credit Murry Grigsby
  • 44. Crafts
    Sachets
    Kitchen angel
    Lavender wands
    Potpourri
    Tussie Mussie
    Lavender wreath
    Lavender-scented candles
  • 45. Lavender Farms in Area
    Chappell Hill Lavender Farm – Chappell Hill
    Becker Vineyards – Stonewall
    Hill Country Lavender – Blanco
    Lavender Ridge Farms – Gainesville
    Texas Lavender Hills – Blanco
    Texas Lavender – Webberville
    Wimberley Lavender Farm – between Wimberley & Blanco
    Hummingbird Farms – Johnson City
  • 46. Thanks to …
    • Debbie and Jim McDowell
    • 47. Located in nearby Chappell Hill, Texas
    • 48. About 3,000 lavender plants
    • 49. Blooming and cutting season August-October
    • 50. No fee to visit farm

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