How to Plant Lavender Flowers, Care and Benefits

Lavender plant is known as a mosquito repellent plant with a pleasant and calming aroma. Its strong aroma and bright flower color make it one of the most easily recognized plants. 

Lavender is widely grown and widely cultivated in temperate climates as an ornamental, culinary ingredient, and essential oil extract for commercial purposes.

Lavender, also called lavender or Lavandula, is native to the southern Mediterranean region to Africa and east to India. Lavender is a genus of flowering plants in the Lamiaceae family. 

The genus includes annual or short-lived perennial herbs, and shrub-like perennials, dwarf shrubs or small shrubs. According to the U.S. Lavender Growers Association, there are more than 45 species of lavender and more than 450 different varieties.

Lavender leaf shapes vary. Some commonly cultivated species have simple leaves, others are pinnately toothed, or pinnate, sometimes multiple pinnate and dissected. In addition to purple, the flowers of this plant have a variety of other colors, such as white, yellow, and pink. 

However, the color of the flowers has no effect on the strength of the plant's scent. Lavender can tolerate high temperatures. This plant can live in several weathers in various parts of the world.

Lavender is a plant that has many benefits in human life. Here are the benefits of lavender.
  • Lavender has health benefits such as soothing burns, making sleep better, reducing anxiety and stress, to treating sore muscles and joints. The ancient Greeks used lavender to treat minor ailments such as headaches and indigestion. Due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties, lavender can boost the immune system.
  • If used regularly, this flower extract or oil can make hair stronger, reduce hair loss, and also promote hair growth. In addition, lavender oil can also eradicate lice in the hair thereby reducing the risk of losing hair nutrients.
  • The lavender plant is used in a variety of culinary mixes, such as cakes and drinks.
  • The use of lavender throughout history as a cleansing agent and its association with cleanliness. Lavender contains antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. Therefore, Lavender can also be used as a cleanser.
  • Lavender can be used as a choice of flower arrangements for wedding moments. This flower presents an elegant aura and spreads its distinctive fragrance. This flower has a meaning as a symbol of love, loyalty, and elegance. The elongated flower structure makes this flower look beautiful when arranged and elegant when held.
For those of you who want to plant and maintain lavender flowers, here are tips for caring for lavender so that it develops well.
  • Place the lavender plant in direct sunlight. Hot sun and relatively infrequent rain are ideal conditions for lavender. Lavender needs eight hours of direct sunlight each day.
  • Just water every two weeks. Lavender does not like to be over-watered. Soak only when the soil where it grows is dry. Also make sure that the pot in which the lavender is growing has plenty of drainage holes.
  • Lavender likes soil with a neutral pH. Most experts recommend a soil pH between 6.7 and 7.3 for lavender.
  • Prune (cut) the lavender when the stems start to get woody. Cut the plant to about half its height to encourage new growth with more flowers.

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