Lavender in Blanco, Texas
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You might be wondering how well lavender grows in South Texas and although it is not native to this region you will have luck. Grow lavender in your garden and you'll be rewarded with colorful flowers and wonderful fragrance from mid May through early July. This low maintenance plant thrives once it is placed in a site with excellent drainage. Use of a raised bed or planting on a gentle slope will help with proper drainage and limestone soil works great (Ph 6.4 - 8.3). Space your plants apart by the width of a mature plants growth. After winter, remove dead leaves from the base to promote air movement. They will need full sun for a minimum of 6+ hours a day. Water regularly and always around the base of the plant, not through the leaves. During the scorching heat of the summer be sure to water twice a week to every other day and once established reduce to once a month.
Lavender normally blooms in Texas starting mid May to early July. For a fresh bouquet, pick the blossoms when half of the flowers on the spike have opened. To dry the bundle for crafting or sachet, pick when three-quarters of the blossoms are open.
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Minor Burns: 1-2 drops of lavender oil on to decrease pain and help prevent scarring. *
Scar Tissue: can be used to reduce or minimize the formation, massage oil on and around the affected area.*
Anxious: rub a drop on the base of the neck to relieve stress and anxiety.*
Tired Feet: add a few drops of oil to a warm foot bath and soak, to relieve stress.
Headache/Migraine attack: apply a cold compress with 2-4 drops of lavender oil on it to the temples and relax.
Not Sleeping well: a couple of drops of lavender oil on a hankie or tissue slid into your pillow case, will help, as well as a nicely brewed cup of lavender tea.
Calming: diffuse lavender oil in a room to calm your mind, body and spirit.
Stress: the natural organic compounds in its leaves and flowers can be ground between the fingers and then rubbed onto the temples. You can also brew lavender tea and achieve much the same effect. The antioxidant components in it can impact the endocrine system to lower the levels of stress hormones in the body.
Animals: if you have a cat or dog, put some lavender oil on their collar to keep away fleas.
Bug Repellent: use cotton balls with 3-5 drops of lavender oil in the corners of your kitchen cupboards, linen closet, and bathroom cabinets to safely repel insects, without the use of toxic chemicals. The cotton balls may also be added to your vacuum cleaner bag, stinky tennis shoes, or almost anywhere you need to freshen the air naturally.
Flies: during the summer months, a couple of drops of lavender oil in a bowl of water, kept in the corner of the entrance hall or by doors will keep flies away.
Bathroom Freshness: Place 2-3 drops of lavender oil inside the cardboard tube of toilet paper when re-stocking the bathroom. Each time someone takes from the roll it releases the calming and fresh scent of lavender.
Bathroom and Kitchen Spray: make a spray combining distilled white vinegar and drops of lavender oil in a spray bottle, may be used for cleaning and sanitizing a variety of surfaces such as counter tops and bathroom sinks.
Floor Cleaner: a simple floor cleaner which combines water, vinegar and a few drops of lavender will make the house smell fresh and help keep scorpions away.
Stain Remover: lavender oil can be used to help remove small laundry stains such as paint, nail polish, tar, or grease.
Dryer Sheet: place a few drops of lavender oil on a wet cloth and throw into the dryer to deodorize and freshen your laundry.
Ironing: use lavender linen spray while ironing to refresh your item and keep it smelling great.
*Discontinue use if any sensitivity occurs.
Word of Caution: Although, not commonly considered an allergenic substance, if you are susceptible to allergens in the mint family, you could experience negative side effects from using lavender as well. These are usually mild in nature and include constipation, headache, and increased appetite, while the topical application can cause irritation and redness.
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