Lavender is a herb many of us love, but did you know it is also one of the most powerful herbs of all time?
It has long been used for its aromatic and healing properties, and during medieval times was thought to be able to ward off evil spirits. Medicinally it is regarded as a relaxant, sensory stimulant and nerve tonic, and herbalists use it to treat exhaustion, digestion, headaches and arthritis.
Lavender was originally known as elf leaf or spike – the word lavender is derived from the Latin ‘lavare’, meaning 'to wash', due to the Romans' use of the herb in laundering – bed linen and clothes were dried over lavender bushes, which acted to scent the cloth. Lavender has been used for centuries in herbal remedies, teas, cooking and perfumes, and was the main ingredient in 'tussie-mussies' (posies of flowers and herbs), which were used to ward off illness. Its perfume comes from oils in its flowers and leaves.
* Source Herald Sun Dec 2013
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The Princess Lavender - plant of the year 2014 Full sun/part shade, dry, early flowering
Lavender Ghostly Princess New release, bred for Australian conditions
Lavender Lace Full sun, H80cm x w80cm, bred in Australia
Lavender hybrid Avonview Compact, vigorous, full sun/part shade
Lavender Violet Lace Full sun, H70cm xW70cm, early flowering
Lavender Winter Lace Full sun, H70cm xW70cm
Lavender Sugarberry Full sun, dry, 60cm x 80cm
Lavender Sensation White Full sun, H50cm x W30cm
Lavender Hidcote augustifolia Sunny spot, well drained
Lavender Super French Coastal conditions, drought tolerant, full sun
Lavender English augustifolia Full sun, well drained
Lavender French dentata Full sun/part shade, thrives in fertile soil