Lavender is a lovely and soothing herb that offers various healing benefits. It can be used to aid restlessness, anxiety, stress, upset stomach and muscle pain. Lavender promotes good circulation and mind-body relaxation.
With its beautiful flowers and aroma, lavender is very simple to grow. Lavender should be planted in full sun and in very well drained soil. It originated in the Mediterranean and thrives in hot sunny locations. Drainage is critical because lavender does not tolerate wet soil. Young lavender plants should be pruned once a year, as the first flowers emerge.
Blooms: July – September
Height: 14″ – 16″
Fertilize: Early Spring
Water: Sparingly (let the soil dry between each watering)
Lavender Lemonade Recipe
5 cups water
1/4 cup dried lavender flowers
3-4 tbsp local honey or raw agave nectar
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 splash of prosecco or san pellegrino
- In a press pot, steep boiling water and lavender flowers for 10 minutes. Press the plunger to trap the lavender to the bottom and pour the brew into a pitcher.
- Stir in the honey or agave while the water is still warm.
- Stir in the lemon juice.
- Serve over ice with a splash of prosecco or san pellegrino. Garnish with fresh lemon slices and lavender sprigs.
Yield: 6 servings