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Herb 101: Lavender

by Uldreich Sam Crisostomo October 27, 2017

Herb 101: Lavender

When we hear about Lavender, we immediately think about about a pretty and good-smelling plant. While this is true, aside from these, Lavender is also packed with health benefits. It actually has polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that fights belly bloating. It also has a soothing fragrance that can help you fall asleep.

Lavender, also known as Lavandula, is a genus of about 47 known species of flowering plants in the mint family Lamiaceae. It is abundant in the Old World and can be found from Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, Europe across to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia to southeast India. They are extensively cultivated in temperate climates as ornamental plants to gardens and for landscape use. They are also used for culinary needs and essential oil extraction. Lavender is the most commonly cultivated species of Lavandula.

This herb is actually easy to grow. Here are some tips on how to grow them successfully.

Give the plants 6 hours or more of full sun each day.
Apply very little water. Most people overwater.
Grow in well-drained areas or raised beds. If you have heavy or clay soil, grow lavender in pots.
If your soil is sandy, mix in some gravel to improve drainage.
Make sure you have good air flow around the plants if you have high humidity.
Don’t mulch or use any topping that will bring moisture to the plants. “It is best to use small pea gravel on top of the soil."
Don’t use a sprinkler system.
Plant lavender with other drought-tolerant plants.
Don’t fertilize; it's not necessary.
Prune back the plants in the late fall.
Uldreich Sam Crisostomo
Uldreich Sam Crisostomo



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