All about lavender

A flower with multiple benefits

A delicacy straight from our fields

 Lavender and its virtues

Lavender is known for its relaxing virtues, vivid colour and sublime fragrance, but beyond its serene character lies a perennial shrub with antiseptic, antibacterial, healing, calming, anti-infective, insect repellent and decorative properties.

Relieves anxiety, nervousness and insomnia
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Reduces the intensity of headaches and migraines
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Helps fight colds and throat infections
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Clears up respiratory passages
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Soothes burns, insect bites and itching
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Promotes healing of wounds

Prevents bacteria from entering wounds and cuts
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Effectively cures acne and foot blisters
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Facilitates digestion
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Stimulates blood flow
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Serves as a repellent against lice, mites and mice
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Deodorizes


 Culture and bloom

Lavender grows well in Quebec when the right varieties are selected, meaning, the hardiest ones. Snow can even become its ally and serve as a layer of insulation, protecting it from winter. A lot of love and hard work carry the promise of bright, aromatic blossoms for six to eight weeks in the summer.

Growing lavender at home

At the time of planting

Lavender thrives in all types of soil. Whether the soil is rich or poor in nutrients, it will adapt to its environment with a little bit of help.

Lavender does not like to get its feet wet. If your parcel of land has a slight incline to it, water will drain itself. If you fear that water will accumulate at the foot of the plant, build a small mound of earth when planting. Water will then drain naturally and easily.

Similarly, you can add a few rocks at the base of the plant to facilitate drainage. Stones will also capture heat from the earth and redistribute it to the plant.

A small amount of watering is required at the time of planting.

 

During the summer

With the exception of extremely hot days, your lavender plant does not need to be watered.

It is best to harvest lavender flowers when the buds are 60% open.

Never cut down more than one-third of the plant (in terms of height). You must also not cut into what is known as the “wood” of the plant, which is lavender stem that is more than one year old and has turned brown. The base of the plant is the source of new growth and must be protected.


In the fall

To protect your plants from the winter elements, use a pail to cover them.

Never cover your plant with dead leaves, mulch or an object such as a cone.

Remember that snow is a good insulator for lavender, which is great news for Quebec. So you must be sure to have enough snow to cover your plant.

  Varieties

In our opinion, the best variety of lavender is the one that you like most. Each variety has its own characteristics that make it unique. The lavender flower belongs to the Lamiaceae family, a large family that is mainly composed of herbaceous plants and shrubs. However, not all varieties of lavender are adapted to Quebec’s climate. It is important to be aware of your hardiness zone in order to choose the variety of lavender that is best adapted to your climate.

 Lavender & Quebec

Even if lavender traces its origins to the Mediterranean coast, it can nevertheless grow in our cold Quebec winters. Some cultivars even thrive in our climate, including the Munstead, True English Hidcote, Melissa and Provence Blue varieties.

 

Recipes

In addition to its many beneficial properties, lavender is an edible flower that has culinary qualities that are pleasing to both the sweet tooth and salt lovers. Fine lavender can be consumed moderately to add a subtle floral touch to recipes.

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