Lavender is a herb that many of us love thanks to it’s aesthetic appeal, and it’s smell that is known to excite your senses, but did you know that it is one of the most powerful herbs of all time? (Definitely not one to omit in your garden!) Lavender prefers hot summers and dry winters, and so can often struggle with the sticky and humid Australian summer. The Bee, Bella and Baby series work best for those of us down under as they have been bred in Australia, and so relish our more humid conditions. Lavender is best grown in neat hedges, pots or herb circles, with the key to it’s success being well drained soil! If you can provide them with this you will have some very healthy and particularly pretty lavender on your hands!
Good for your Hens
More than just an attractive herb, lavender has long been used for its aromatic and healing properties- and not just with humans! Lavender is a great stress reliever for hens who might be a bit highly strung. It also helps to increase blood circulation, is a great natural insecticide, and of course smells heavenly! Add some fresh lavender to your coops nesting boxes to provide a bit of aromatherapy for your girls-they’ll love it! Or if you want to get extra creative, try
your hand at the lavender and mint coop cleaner below, it will help to repel rodents and insects and keep your coop smelling extra sweet!
Good for your Garden
Because lavender enjoys hot conditions, it grows well with most other herbs. It comes from the same family as rosemary and so thrives when planted near rosemary, oregano and thyme varieties. Avoid planting it near mint as it has a tendency to spread, so may interfere with budding lavender plants.
Good for You
Like with your chicks, medicinally lavender is classified as a relaxant, sensory stimulant and nerve tonic. It is often used by many modern herbal practitioners to treat conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, depression, exhaustion, digestion, headaches and arthritis!
You can use the flowers, essential oil, or dried herbs to harness all of it’s greatness. We personally love adding a splash of lavender essential oil to a warm bath to relax after a particularly busy day, or in a vase on our bedside table to help promote a good nights sleep.
Lavender & Mint Coop Cleaner
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