Lavender Lovelys

Have you ever seen a Lavender plant?  Furry blue leaves from every woody stem, with heart-shaped flowers on a tall and sturdy spike.  Gracefully leaning with the wind.  Spreading her scents.  But have you ever really seen a lavender plant?  The geometry will blow your mind!  I would say hello when I opened and closed the curtain, and gradually I was drawn closer and closer until my face was right next to them.  Well, whatta ya know, that’s some ol’ fashion geo!

I have two, started in Canada last spring and bought in VT for an outside summer in pots.  They came into the house around October and sat in a SW very sunny window until 2 weeks ago.  They survived the bug infestation without a trace. Now they’re out on the porch again.  They are both Lavandula angustifolia (“to bathe with the narrow leaf”).  The different variety names are pictured below.  They will grow happily with lots of sun and lots of water!  Munstead and Hidcote are on the smaller side, reaching 1 – 3 feet max.  There are Lavandula varieties that can tolerant cold climates, and I have an inkling these two would do well.  Mulching would be a good idea in the winter to keep their feet warm.  My Mom suggests cutting back in the Spring if you’re growing it outdoors.

*recipe requests from HillaryV

Lovely-Locks Shampoo

The locks part refers to deadlocks, but this shampoo is also good for those of the free flow kin. “gimme a head of hair, long beautiful hair….let it fly in the breeze and get caught in the trees!”  – from Hair the (best) musical (ever)

This recipe is from Rosemary Gladstar’s book Family Herbal.  I have adapted it for fine, oily dreadlocks.  I also like my hair to be dark, so the herbs I chose will bring in your yin.  Try Chamomile and Calendula instead for your outer yang.  The Sage, Rosemary and Basil reduce oily-ness and promote ‘dark’ hair growth.  The Nettles and Yarrow are for strength.  The Rose … well that’s just one of the aromas I love to be surrounded by.  And if you’ve got REALLY dirty dreads, Lavender is antiseptic, antibacterial and insecticidal; if this is you, add it to your shampoo – Just replace the oils in the recipe with the homemade Lavender oil recipe below it!

You will need:

  • 7 grams each (one quarter oz) of dried Garden Sage, Rosemary, Nettles, and Yarrow
  • 3 oz liquid castile soap, I used the Doc Bron baby blue label
  • 15 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 8 drops Rose essential oil
  • 5 drops Basil essential oil
  • 5 drops of your FAVORITE smell in oil form, I used the Morning Motivation by Oshadi (Bergamot, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang)

Here’s the Recipe:

  1. Make an infusion of the Sage, Rosemary, Nettles and Yarrow by boiling 8 oz of spring water, adding the herbs, and letting it steep for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Take your castile soap and mix in all of the essential oil drops.
  3. Strain out the herbs from the infusion and let it cool if it has not done so already.
  4. Slowly combine the castile/oil mixture into the infusion
  5. Voila! Shake the shampoo before using.

Now take a shower and get heady!  I like to let it sit in my hair a while before rinsing it out, to reap the maximum benefits!

Scalp&Skin-safe Lavender Oil

This oil can be used for massage on the body and temples, as well as in the hair for a pleasant hug.  Lavender is calming to the nervous system and brain, as well as the spiritual center.  It reduces anxiety and let’s you go about your business efficiently without taking on too much and overworking yourself.  The herb is also good for spiritual exhaustion, bringing back balance and relaxation.  You can find relief from depression and insomnia with a little temple rub once a day.  Or massage sore muscles to relieve spasm and pain.

I have decided to share the ‘Lovender’ Oil recipe through a video made over the past couple of days & nights – – during which the Moon had waxed to Full, and is once again waning back to the New.  Appropriately, Los Lobos has written a song about such.  It is “Kiko and the Lavender Moon” playing in the background of the video, which I stumbled upon coincidentally today.  Enjoy!

Some of my other favorite uses for Lavender are:

  • all-purpose soap
  • talc-free body powder
  • calming aroma mist
  • perfume
  • bath tea
  • dream pillows
  • add it to smoking blends or a water pipe
  • aphrodisiac (i LOVE when my boyf wears it, he makes it smell manly)
  • the possibilities really are endless it seems…
  • In fact, pond algae can be prevented with Lavender stalks and Barley straw

The only warnings I’ve heard so far are not to put the high-grade oil directly on your skin, like the kind in the little bottles at a health food store.  You have to make sure it says that you can put it directly on your skin or else it would be too strong.  And I have heard of some rumors relating to estrogen.  Just thought I’d put it out there…

Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

***Please check with your family doctor before starting any sort of regimen with this herb, ESPECIALLY if you are pregnant or under 18 years old.***

seeding Lavender

tiny Lavender seeds

Lavender loves water & sun

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8 thoughts on “Lavender Lovelys

  1. Nice job with the video! Very tech savvy. I recently stopped by a small plant nursery called Plant Kingdom during my unsuccessful quest to find some charmed wine oxalis locally and came across two different types of lavender that looked fairly different. I can recall one of them being French and I believe the other was Fernleaf, both of which you picture above. Are these the most common forms? Have you found that one smells better than the other? Heath and I are planning on starting a little herb garden on our balcony and lavender will definitely make an appearance, I’m just not sure what type I should choose… perhaps more than one? I also came across patchouli for sale, which was unexpected but great to find. I forgot how great it feels to have wonderful plants to care for!

    • French is definitly the most common because Lavender is native to France…so many can thus become “French Lavender”. I read the other night that Lavendula officinalis is the most potent and commonly used species for oil. However, I think angustifolia is the same. The species name officinalis literally means the ‘official’ Lavender. So one of those species should do well if you are making medicine. I planted a bunch of different types because the flowers are different on each. More or less dramatic, shape and size, etc. So for viewing pleasure, choose which ever strikes your fancy! The two I have smell kind of like cinnamon…
      I hope you bough that Patchouli! I have always wanted one ; ) Good luck with the herb garden, very very glad to hear you are making one! Please feel free to write with any questions. xo

  2. Lavender video is FABULOUS!!!!!! I want to make some since I now know how. The plant I cut back in the early spring is doing fantastic. The leaves are soft green from top to bottom and it is currently loaded with flowers. The plant I did not cut way back has new growth on the top end of the 1/2 stems I left – but the bottom half of the stem is covered with the old silvery dried out leaves, and the new growth is a nice bluish green color. However, it is also in bloom, but not as full – but that may be because it is not in full sun all day? Will cut both back next spring to see the difference when I treat them the same.

    When do I harvest the flowers? How long do I dry them for? Do I just hang them upside down like the yarrow to dry?

    Sending you love via the flower fragrance in the breeze…

    • Very interesting observations! It would make sense that the cut Lavender had more blooms if it prefers to set flowers on new growth, but I have not had mine bloom yet so technically I am still a beginner with the growing aspect. Harvest the flowers when the first of the spike have opened. And yes, it is the same as Yarrow when it comes to harvesting in the morning and catching it early, as well as the drying method. To avoid dust in your flowers, you can hang them upside down in a paper bag.
      Your love smells sweet xo

  3. Great video! I love the soundtrak — perfect! Lavender is my favorite herb. It has always resonated with me. My plants are in bloom right now, and I’ve been making lavender wands and lavender lemonade. Love that smell and taste!

    • ooh Lavender Lemonade sounds delicious! I read that you used to live and work in New England. That’s where I am from! So glad to have found your blog and website! Blessings

  4. I loved this video!!! What took me so long to watch….I can almost smell the oil at the end, nice…the music was so nice, I’m latin all over now smellin sweet besides…i’ll call mine pamposxoxoxox

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