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The A to Z of Lavender: A is for Aromatherapy

Posted on Friday, 31 May

  Summary: Lavender has a wide range of uses and an equally large list of benefits. This article is the first in a series of articles that explores the plant including lavender aromatherapy benefits. Lavender is commonly seen around the UK, Europe and even further afield. There are a great number of varieties however the rather mundanely named English lavender or French lavender are the most commonly seen varieties. Famous for their fragrance and striking purple /blue flowers the lavender plant has many uses and lavender essential oil uses are some of the most well-known ones. Aromatherapy is the well-known… read more »

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Invasion of the Carpet Moth!

Posted on Thursday, 30 May

  For those of you who are not familiar with the humble carpet moth, who has an insatiable appetite for any natural material (a nice expensive wool carpet should do the trick.) I would count your blessings. Having attempted to fight off more than one invasion, my parents were at the end of their tether, wondering how to get rid of carpet moths! Not only have the pesky little critters eaten half of the wool carpet in the house, they have now entered my mum’s dressing room, which as I am sure us ladies can agree with is just one… read more »

Scarce Swallowtail Butterfly on Lavender (Iphiclides podalirius)

The benefits of planting Lavender

Posted on Wednesday, 29 May

Image Source – http://www.flickr.com/photos/puliarfanita/4802806964/lightbox/   Lavender is known for its delightful scent and the fact that it can survive the unpredictable nature of our weather in the UK is a huge bonus! Sooner or later almost every gardener succumbs to growing these beautiful plants, not only is lavender extremely hardy but there are literally no pests or insects which affect the lavender and it can keep pesky critters away from your other prized plants and vegetables. Depending on the variety of lavender you are growing, very few plants will thrive the way lavender does without the constant care that other plants… read more »

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How to care for your Lavender

Posted on Tuesday, 28 May

  Caring for your lavender couldn’t be simpler. There are two main things that Lavender plants require, water and pruning. Lavender suits the unpredictable climate that we have in the UK perfectly! There is almost no situation where established Lavender will require watering. The long, thin, thick leaves are known for preserving water, so even in times where there has been very little rainfall, Lavender thrives! For newly planted Lavender, give it a good drop of water 2-3 times a week for the first couple of months, but be careful not to water log your Lavender. As every garden’s condition… read more »

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Using Herbs in Your Barbecue

Posted on Monday, 27 May

  Image Source –http://www.flickr.com/photos/themoonkeeper/7668715414/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/threelayercake/659356124/sizes/m/in/photostream/ WE can now finally step outside without donning wax jackets and wellies. The extended winter has kept many grandmas happy as they remind us how they’ve always told us to “ne’er cast a clout until May is out”. This does make me wonder about the winters gone by, yet not for long as now the sun is out, it’s time to make the most of it. You’ve probably noticed that people are little happier, more prone to smiling, and without such a weight on their shoulders. It’s amazing how much the ditching of the extra layers… read more »

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Eating Local Honey to stop your allergies

Posted on Saturday, 25 May

Image Source – http://www.flickr.com/photos/artbystevejohnson/4710679366/ Winter has been and gone and next on the agenda is Spring, which sounds wonderful (weather permitting) but a sense of dread fills those of us that suffer with our allergies. While allergy free people are skipping through their gardens, taking in each and every beautiful, fragrant flower us allergy sufferers normally have to take a concoction of antihistamines while never leaving home without out our trusty Kleenex travel pack. But fear not help is at hand! Head down to your local shop and pick up some local honey. Why honey I hear you ask, well this… read more »

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The History of Lavender

Posted on Friday, 24 May

      The word Lavender stems from the Latin word “lavare” which literally means “to wash”. Lavender can be traced back 2500 years and there are now well over 115 different varieties of Lavender.   It is commonly thought of as quintessentially British, yet lavender actually originated on the coastal hills of the Mediterranean.   Lavender was also rather popular with royals, Charles VI of France could not go anywhere without his Lavender-filled pillows, Queen Elizabeth I wanted fresh lavender flowers every day of the year, quite a task when you think of the weather we have in the UK… read more »

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Spoil yourself, with an “at home” Lavender Spa Day!

Posted on Wednesday, 22 May

    The fresh clean scent of Lavender has been used in skin care products for centuries and its effects have been well tried and tested. In recent years, this wonderfully scented plant has become the latest “it” ingredient in skin-care products, body oils, even in our food and for good reason! Lavender is one of the most useful skin care oils because although it has excellent antiseptic properties it is very mild to the skin. Aside from its soothing aromatherapy properties, it can also clean and calm your skin, so why not add Lavender to your beauty regime and… read more »

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Unusual uses for Lavender

Posted on Tuesday, 21 May

  Image Source – http://www.flickr.com/photos/certified_su/2619347665/ Lavender is known for its calming, soothing and healing benefits, but there are quite a few things you can use lavender for that are slightly more unusual. For instance if your cow’s aren’t playing ball when it comes to milking, leave a few bunches of dried lavender in their cowshed and after they have inhaled the sweet, calming scent they will practically milk themselves! When you are having a royally awful headache why not follow Queen Elizabeth I remedy of using Lavender in her tea! Whether you plan on using Lavender in the traditional way or… read more »

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Lavender, the wedding guest you definitely want to RSVP!

Posted on Monday, 20 May

  Image Source – http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=Lavender%20Wedding Lavender is fast becoming the flower of choice for brides to be and for good reason, not only is it beautiful, it can also relax and soothe the bride and wedding party. Lavender has the most delightful scent, while being elegant and timeless, it is also the perfect colour scheme for a spring summer wedding. It can be used in almost every aspect of your wedding, from using Lavender in your bouquet, creating beautiful boutonnières, making your wedding favours,decorating your wedding cake, and so many other wonderful uses for this delightful, fragrant plant. For inspiration on… read more »