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How to Grow Lavender

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Lavender is a colorful, hardy, drought-resistant perennial that originated in the Mediterranean region, but now is commonly found in flowers beds, gardens, highway medians and public parks worldwide
  • Despite its need for heat and a lot of sunlight, you can grow lavender indoors in darker, cooler climates
  • Its distinctive sweet, floral scent makes lavender a great addition to home décor, personal care products, perfumes and sachets
  • Lavender essential oil is well-known for its therapeutic properties and health benefits such as improving digestion, inducing sleep, promoting relaxation, relieving pain, soothing respiratory disorders and treating skin conditions

Cultivated and prized worldwide, lavender is a slow-growing perennial that tops out around 3 feet, characterized by short, slightly crooked stems. It's narrow bluish-greenish leaves are offset by brightly colored barrel-shaped flowers. Valued as a pollinator, as well as for its hardiness and drought resistance, lavender is commonly found in flowers beds, gardens, highway medians and public parks.

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