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The 8 Common Uses and Practices of Lavender

Lavender has been world renowned for centuries due to its many uses and unique scent and flavor profiles- and it's been universally labelled as the most versatile herb to date. Most people, however, only scratch the surface of lavender's potential, with items like candles and soaps. Here at Pumpkin Blossom Farm, we like to split the many uses into eight main categories.

A closeup of a sunny field of lavender
One of our beloved honeybees inspecting our 2023 harvest.

The 8 Main Uses of Lavender

  • Culinary

  • Aromatherapy

  • Perfumery

  • Ornamental Plants

  • Cleaning Products

  • Skincare

  • Home Products

  • Herbal Remedies

Culinary - The culinary use of lavender has had an incredible uptick in popularity within the last year, due to the increased search for clean, herbal flavors. It can be seen in beverages such as iced teas or lemonades, and is an incredible addition to the Mocktail community. At Pumpkin Blossom Farm, we include our culinary lavender in treats such as lavender ice cream, strawberry lavender sorbet, lavender jasmine bubble tea, lavender shortbread cookies, and more.

A cup of creamy lavender infused ice cream sitting next to a pastel tissue paper wrapped bundle of freshly picked lavender
Our lavender infused ice cream, well deserved after picking a fresh bundle of lavender in the sun

Aromatherapy - Lavender is known for its calming and stress relieving qualities, due to high concentrations of chemicals called terpenes. Terpenes are naturally occurring chemicals that give plants distinctive qualities such as flavor and scent. Also, lavender often has a strong correlation to childhood and core memories, which soothe and invoke happiness.

Our 80 liter Copper Alembic Essential Oil Still. The barn is in the background, a pile of 100 pounds of lavender sits, ready to be distilled
Our 80 liter Copper Alembic Essential Oil Still

Perfumery- Lavender has a significant and versatile relationship within the modern perfume industry, as well as roots as far as historians can trace. In modern times, lavender is used for top, middle and base notes for fragrances, making it extremely popular and common throughout the industry. The sweet, clean scent also has the ability to blend with any other fragrance profile, including musky, fruity, woody, spicy, and citrus. Throughout time, lavender has been used in fragrances, and has been prominent throughout iconic timeframes such as the Renaissance and Victorian Era.

A blooming closeup of a lavender field under a pink and purple sunset
Sunsets in the Field

Ornamental plants - People from around the world travel to Provence, France for one magical reason - the rolling purple hills of lavender that span for miles. Lavender is seen psychologically to be one of the most soothing colors, and has many benefits such as insect repellent, aromatic experience, and photographic opportunities. It also is popular in cut flower arrangements.

expansive rows of blooming lavender in the sun, framed by a lush treeline
A small section of our lavender haven

Cleaning Products - Lavender has been used for centuries for its natural antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral properties. The term "lavender" itself is derived from the Latin word "lavare," which means "to wash." The association with washing likely comes from the historical use of lavender in bathing and laundry due to its pleasant fragrance.

Skincare- Lavender is rich in anti inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which make it suitable for almost all skin types. It is commonly used for toner, as it helps to balance the skin's pH level. Lavender Hydrosol is also great for the skin, as it softens, moisturizes, and soothes problem areas.

Home products - Chances are, you will find lavender incorporated in some form in almost every household, and the most common place to find it is in home products. The soothing scent of lavender is featured across the board with items such as candles, cleaning products, incense, soaps, lotions, potpourri and laundry products. Sachets are often slipped into drawers to keep them smelling fresh as well.

Herbal Remedies - Lavender has a myriad of health benefits when ingested or inhaled. These include calming and relaxing properties, digestive aid, headache relief, anti inflammatory properties, respiratory support, pain relief, anti bacterial and anti fungal properties, menstrual pain relief, mood enhancement, and more.

If you're interested in learning more about our Lavender Simple Syrup, visit our Mocktail blog post.

As you can see, lavender is incredibly versatile and has been favored for an array of reasons. Its versatility is boundless, and its timeless allure continues to enrich our lives in many ways. Explore the world of lavender, unlock its potential, and let this extraordinary herb weave its way into the fabric of your daily experiences.

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