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► Why You Need Grow Lavender At Home? And How To

Lavender has been used for centuries. With its distinct aroma and countless applications, this flower has won the hearts and health of millions.
Back in ancient times, Romans and Egyptians would use lavender as perfume, as well as for bathing and cooking.
Since then, a multitude of different health benefits have been discovered about the plant, making it one of the most popular on the market.
Lavender is a powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial, and has sedative, calming and anti-depressive properties.
One of my favourite ways to use it is by growing it, or by putting a little bit of lavender essential oil on my wrists, and neckline to be fully inundated by the aroma.
1. Antioxidant Protection.
2. Improves Mood and Reduces Stress.
3. Supports Brain Function.
4. Heals Cuts and Burns.
5. Relieves Headaches.
6. Improves Sleep and Insomnia.
7. Relieves Pain.
How To Grow:
Lavender loves dry conditions. It is actually a perennial from the dry Mediterranean coast. It loves 8 hours of full sun, great drainage and good air circulation.
It is important to avoid wetting its foliage by letting the soil dry out between watering, and only watering the plant at its base.
The flowerpot you choose to grow your lavender in should be large with a drainage hole, and lots of loose gravel at the bottom.
This will improve air flow to the roots and keep them from rotting. Lavender has a huge root system, so although the plant may seem small on top, it needs a big pot for the massive roots below.
Lavender prefers a mix of peat moss, perlite and homemade compost. Mix approximately 60% peat moss with 40% perlite, and a couple handfuls of homemade compost.
If you don’t have compost, make sure you fertilize with a seaweed fertilizer every three weeks.
Lavender will tolerate regular potting soil, however, they will grow better is something that stays more dry.
Pruning:
Lavender doesn’t require much care, but it should be pruned at least once a year. Since the plant is a semi-shrub, it can get woody over time.
This can actually kill the plant, so trimming it every now and then will help it live.
To do this, pinch off the tips of a new plant as it grows and after it blooms to encourage new shoots and shape.
Once it is about 1.5 years old, prune it yearly by cutting down two-thirds of the plant. A rule of thumb that my mom taught me is to prune it down to the third node above the old wood.
Keep In Mind:
Lavender flowers at different periods throughout the year, so it won’t hold its flowers year-long.
Regardless, the plant will still emanate a beautiful fragrance, so picking a stronger-scented plant will ensure that your home is filled with the fresh smell of lavender on the daily.
Lavender is toxic to cats and dogs, so make sure it is out of reach of children and pets.

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