Lavender boasts a myriad of health benefits, especially for those seeking better sleep.
Lavender is a timeless favourite among both gardeners and wellness enthusiasts. The aromatic leaves and flowers of this Mediterranean favourite are not just a treat for the senses but are also believed to have impressive therapeutic properties.
Many turn to lavender essential oils or dried flower sachets as a natural remedy to improve sleep quality, reduce anxiety, and create an overall sense of relaxation.
Lavandula angustifolia, also known as English lavender, has an intense scent and is often used in culinary dishes and essential oil production.
Lavender x intermedia, like the popular lavender ‘Margaret Roberts,’ is a hybrid species that’s larger and more robust, with elongated flower spikes perfect for dried floral arrangements.
Lavandula stoechas, known as French or Spanish lavender, stands out for its distinct blooms in bright and captivating purples.
Lavender thrives in full sunlight and well-draining, slightly sandy soil. When planting, give them adequate spacing to allow airflow and prevent disease, especially in high-humidity coastal regions.
This drought-tolerant plant prefers to be on the drier side and is accustomed to winter rainfall, so water sparingly.
As the seasons change and blooms begin to fade, gentle pruning can encourage more flowers and keep your lavender bushy and vibrant.
Whether you’re seeking a fragrant addition to your garden or the health benefits associated with improved sleep, lavender is the answer.
A version of this article was published in the October 2023 Garden&Home print edition by Madison Moulten
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