A very pretty recycled lavender seed packet memorial gift, personalised on the back with your loved one’s details (please detail these in the box above). The seed packet measures 9 x 12 cm and the seeds inside are of Lavender Vera. Lavender is a lovely shrub which is very popular with bees!
Also known as Elfleaf and Spikenard and a member of the Mint family. Lavendula comes from the Latin, “to wash” – the Romans used to add it to their bath water. It can be useful as an edging plant to “hold back” those plants which tend to sprawl. Thin grey-green leaves and spikes of mauvey flowers wichi smell divine!
It is said that Lavender possessed no scent at all until the Virgin Mary spread Christ’s swaddling clothes on a Lavender bush to dry, when from this time it adopted its characteristic scent. It was an ingredient in “Four Thieves Vinegar”, which was supposed to render immunity from plague to those who robbed plague victims after death. Turner’s herbal of 1551 recommended sewing Lavender into a cap to aid the brain. Spouses who place Lavender flowers in their bed will never quarrel. Charles VI of France insisted on having Lavender cushions available to sit on wherever he went. Elizabeth I ordered her gardeners to have fresh Lavender flowers available every day. In medieval and renaissance Britain, washer women were known as lavenders – they dried laundry on Lavender bushes to help scent the material.
Make a Lavender disinfectant by simmering leaves and small stems for 30 minutes. Strain and use. Placing a sprig of Lavender behind the ear may cure a headache. Lavender oil was used as an antiseptic in World War I, treating ulcers, sores and burns. Massage a couple of drops of oil into the temples for a headache. It takes up to 150 lb of flowering tops to produce 1 lb of essential oil. The Victorians made a furniture polish from Lavender. It was also a major ingredient in most smelling salts of the time, which were used as a remedy for fainting. A couple of drops of oil on your pillow can help insomnia, or place some Lavender in your pillow.
Lavender fights inflammation and infection. Use it to treat eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and athlete’s foot. Ancient Egyptians buried their dead in Lavender-dipped shrouds. The ancient Greeks used it for insomnia, insanity and aching backs. Lavender oil also neutralises poisons in insect and snake bites. Use as a rinse for alopecia. Lavender bath – steep a handful of dried Lavender buds in boiling water for 20 minutes. Strain and pour liquid into bath.
Always check with a qualified herbalist before using Lavender as a treatment.
How to plant Lavender seeds
Sprinkle the seeds onto a tray of compost , cover lightly with a further layer of compost and watedr. place somewhere warm and light to germinate. Once the seedlings are big enough to handle, repot them into individual pots to grow on until ready to plant in the garden in a sunny spot.