Product: Lavender Flowers Deep Blue
Latin Name: Lavandula angustifolia
Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Other Names: Asarum, Nard, Alhucema, English Lavender, Garden Lavender, Llafant, Lavandula, Lavanda, Lavande, Lavande Anglaise, Lavande du Jardin, Lavendel, Espliego, Nardo, Ostokhoddous & True Lavender.
Description: The angustifolia variety of lavender is a semi-woody perennial herb native to France and the western Mediterranean area, which is now cultivated in many regions of the world. The plants grow up to 1.2 metres in height with a spread of up to 1 metre. The leaves are simple, entire, oblong-lanceolate and 2-6cm in length, glaucous green in colour and grow in whorls at intervals on the square stems. The hermaphrodite inflorescences are composed of many 2-lipped flowers which form terminal spikes 2-8cm in length on top of stems; the flowers are deep blue in colour.
Interesting Fact: Did you know that lavender has been cultivated in England since the mid-16th century, and has long been prized for aromatic and antiseptic properties? During the Black Death in 1665, lavender was hung in bunches, so its fragrance would cloak the foul smell of death and decay, lavender is one of the ingredients said to have been included in Four Thieves Vinegar, which is believed to have been used at the time of the plague to prevent people succumbing to the disease. The flowers were used to scent linens and bags of lavender were used as hot fomentations to help to relieve aches and pains.
SUGGESTED USEThe dried flowers can be added to pot pourri, sleep pillows and scented sachets; they can also be added to herbal tisanes and infusions. Whole flowers can be used to flavour cakes, biscuits and desserts, a decoction of the flowers can be added to lotions and creams for the skin, and shampoos for the hair. An infusion can be added to washing water for floors and surfaces; it can also be used as a fragrant rinse for the hair. Lavender flowers can also be added to bath tea blends, facial scrubs, soaps, face masks, foot powders and bath salts.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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