Properties and virtues of lavender

Lavender is one of the most widely used fragrant plants after the rose to make perfumes. This shrub has the property of attracting a lot of bees which will then pollinate the surrounding flowers. This plant grows on dry, sunny calcareous soils. When the plants are aligned, it results in a hedge or lavender field with strong mauve colors reminiscent of the paintings of Paul C├ęzanne, a famous painter from Aix-en-Provence (France).

Lavender is mainly found in Provence (France), Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Canada, Tasmania. It is especially at altitude that we find quality Lavender, from 1200 meters above sea level. The harvest takes place between late July and late August. This plant mainly produces essential oil; whether by traditional distillation or "crushed green" distillation. We can then perfume the laundry, but also desserts such as ice cream, yogurt. Dried flower bags are very effective in repelling moths in cupboards.

Lavender has diuretic, sedative and antispamodic properties. The elders in the villages also lend it healing and antiseptic capacities, but also antivenoms if you are bitten by a viper.It can be used to fight insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, to treat infections of the respiratory tract , to relieve rheumatism.

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