There are many varieties of lavender, which is a close relative of the common mints. Here at Windy Hills we grow five varieties: Lavendula x. intermedia Provence, used as a spice and flavoring for cooking; Lavendula angustifolia Royal Velvet, prized for its velvety dark purple buds; Lavendula angustifolia Buena Vista, a new variety that blooms twice a year; Lavendula angustifolia Vera, used mostly to make lavender essential oil; Lavendula x. intermedia Grosso, grown for its lovely aroma and long stems. All these varieties are cold hardy and thrive on our high altitude farm
History: Lavender has been used in many ways for over 2,500 years. In the gospel of St. Luke, lavender is referred to by the name spikenard and was used mainly for medicinal purposes; and its essential oil may be the oil with which Mary Magdalene washed the feet of Jesus. Lavender was used in the mummification of Egyptian kings. Cleopatra supposedly used lavender when she seduced Marc Antony. The early Romans scented their baths with lavender; its name comes from the Latin “to wash”. Louis XIV of France loved bathing with lavender scented water, and Queen Elizabeth I of England used lavender everywhere and had a nightly cup of lavender tea in order to help her sleep. Europeans believed lavender would help ward off the plague – and since it repels fleas, it probably did! Lavender was strewn on the floors of castles to scent the air. Lavender plants have been cultivated in Europe for hundreds of years, and the first lavender plants in America may have been brought over on the Mayflower in 1620.
Warnings: Like many other herbs, lavender is not recommended for use by women who are pregnant or nursing. Lavender is said to be an estrogenic and stimulates the uterus.
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