Benefits of Lavender

Celebrate the versatility of lavender by using this plant to its fullest. The benefits of lavender start in the garden, as a wonderful Colorado perennial garden plant.  But you can enjoy lavender benefits indoors, too. Lavender offers many uses in the home, from scenting linens, to seasoning foods, to creating a luxurious bath.

Lavender is an herb native to northern Africa and the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean. The herb is highly regarded for skin and beauty and is commonly used in fragrances and shampoos to help wash and purify the skin.  In fact, the word lavender originally stems from from the Latin word lavare which means “to wash”.

One of the key benefits of lavender is its relaxing, soothing properties. Lavender essential oil is used in soaps, linen sprays and bath salts not only because it smells great, but because it makes a terrific treatment for relaxing sore muscles, encouraging a good night’s sleep or relieving tension headaches.  Creek Side features lavender soaps, bath salts and linen sprays created right here in Littleton, CO by Backyard Botanicals.  Stop by the store to explore the many varieties available.

Decorate with dried lavender flower stems and flower buds and enjoy the beauty and fragrance of lavender in your home.  The dried flower stems may be arranged in a vase or the bunch of flower stems may be hung in a room to enjoy their beauty and fragrance.  Sachet bags filled with dried lavender buds maybe placed in clothes drawers to keep a pleasant fragrance.  Or place the sachets in the dryer in place of dryer sheets.  Simmering dried lavender buds in a pot of water with a little citrus peel works as a wonderful air freshener.  Find locally grown dried lavender flower stem bunches and dried flower buds from Berthoud, CO at the Creek Side Lavender Dayz this weekend.

Don’t overlook the benefits of lavender in the kitchen. Flowers bring a sweetly spicy flavor to tea blends and lemonade. Try Lavender Ginger Lemonade and receive a recipe from Creek Side, or enjoy Lavender Lemon Ice from local ice cream company, Frozen Matters!

In the garden, take advantage of the benefits of lavender flowers in beckoning pollinators. Place lavender bushes strategically near a vegetable garden to lure bees and other pollinators. Or tuck lavender into a wildlife or butterfly garden, where its flowers will be abuzz with activity.