Lavender is a favourite of mine, in fact it was one of the reasons why I became involved in herbalism when I was very young. Every year I try to prune my plants in autumn but this year the bees were still visiting the flowers so I left them and now it’s spring all my plants have new bursts of growth that are pure delight. I will try again next autumn as this is when they really need a good haircut by pruning about one third of the plant.
Infusions of the dried flowers can be taken to help colic, headaches, depression, restlessness, irritability, and insomnia – for adults the dose is 1 to 2 grams in 250ml (1 cup) of boiling water three times a day. Externally the essential oil can be used to treat muscle pain, rheumatism, insect bits and stings, and minor burns.