All Lavender plants are part of the genus known as Lavandula. The genus can be subdivided into three distinct groups- *Lavandula * Dentate * Stoechas. The plants grown at Blackthorn Lavender Farm are all in the Lavandula group; all are Angustifolia’s (aka English Lavenders), except Grosso, an X-intermedia Lavandin (hybrid plant).
Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, the most common form, is a member of the mint family. This genus is found in Europe, Africa, parts of Asia and the Mediterranean. Lavender has an extensive range of applications which is why it is so widely used. This versatile plant is used in food, fragrances, cosmetics, floral design, crafts and herbal medicines. Lavender essential oil is highly prized and is one of the most recognizable and beloved fragrances in the world.
The health benefits of lavender are impressive including, for many, relieving stress and anxiety, improving mood and promoting restful sleep. Lavender’s anti-inflammatory qualities helps to reduce irritation of the skin and may be used as a wound cleanser. The organic compounds and antioxidants in lavender are responsible for its relaxing qualities.
Lavender’s polyphenols benefit the digestive tract by helping to prevent development of harmful intestinal flora and reduce bloating and cramping.