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I am a keen gardener, whetherI am successful is always hit and miss!
However one thing I am proud of is our Lavender collection in our garden we purchased a lavender plant from Kew Gardens Shop, it was a brave step and it has paid off big time, but it has taken three years to get it up to a standard we was expecting and this summer the lavender was amazing, its such a shame you cannot upload photos.
Our second crazy purchase was a Good House Keeping deals for subscribers being able to purchase 6 lavender plants for £9.99 instead of £49.99. They were not just plants to sit and look pretty, but one was edible and we really wanted to grow our own and try this. Surprisingly the plants all came completed with mud, water and instructions. Bargains.
To be honest I never knew how many lavender plants were out there, it's been five years of learning.
Jasmine flowers are therapeutic and have medicinal properties. From oils from the body and mind, tea and food they can be multipurpose and sold in many stores and used by many companies.
At first I was baffled on why a lot of the Jasmine plants do not flower during the day as we really wanted this aspect but the answer was obvious and on herbs sites that Jasmine flowers, only flower at night. These ones are the white Jasmine mainly supplied from India, that flower, this way.
The season they bloom in can vary, but mainly you can see this in late Spring, Summer. Depending on the variety, of which with the promotion from Good House Keeping we received, ones that flower during winter so it was an added bonus.
They can grow up to 36 to 72inches, which is important to know if you don't have a lot of space or trying to design a garden as we are and still trying to, but it is a lot of trial and error and a lot of fun.
They can spread between 48 to 120 inches across, again this is important as you plant these and the needed requirement between each.
And always plant into the soil 6 inches down, don't trust your instinct and guess it does make a difference.
We planted these in an area that didn't receive the full sun and the lavender is appropriate for the area we chose.
The even better aspect of the Jasmine plants [or others] is the ability to propagate them and divide them, so you can put these in pots around your garden or give as gifts to friends and family.
But my two tips are, do not cut dry stems but moist stems and at least 6 inches of growth no less to really keep the plant alive. With propagating stems its best to put them in compost n a cold place no sun for the moment and leave them over winter, so you need to plan when you propagate these for gifts timing needs to be at play here and over winter, to give them the best chance.
We can make tea with our samples! But you need to double check that the name is Jasminums Sambac and Tisanes for the best quality.
We were advised that if you think you have pests or disease on the Jasmine plant, then cut that branch off and it should help, don't spray lots of chemicals especially if your using them for eating or drinking.
We cannot extract the oil of the Jasmine and I think for skin properties and help I would go to a health shop but it is reported to help depression, antiseptic, used as a uterine substance or even sedative!
These plants are well worth the time and effort, money wise can be minimal and the effects on the style of your garden, we now thankfully have a range of purple lavender heads that are stunning and a pink Jasmine plant, we have got many uses out of these, including putting them in cotton bags around the house, heavenly.
Jasmine or Jasinium Officinale as it is correctly entitled, is an exotic, rich and romantics smell. The scent is prized for is unique smell and also its healing properties. The sensual smell of Jasmine can be found within many classic perfumes, but it is extremely expensive oil. Did you know that it takes eight million Jasmine flowers to make only one kilogram of essential oil? The tiny white, star shaped Jasmine flowers are picked at drawn, to obtain maximum oil. The heady smelling plants are generally grown in Egypt, France, India, Italy and Morocco. I wonder if that is why whenever I smell Jasmine, I think of exotic tropical holidays?! **Effects on the Body** Jasmine is an uplifting yet relaxing oil. It helps to make the client feel confident, optimistic and yet slightly euphoric. The pure oil is dark red in colour, so avoid it coming into contact with clothing. This essential oil is ideal to use on dry sensitive skin. It is an excellent skin softener and is also ideal to use in the treatment of aches and cramps plus for the ladies, PMT. Jasmine oil is also used for the treatment of apathy, depression and irritability. **Cost** Having said all that, I must warn you about the cost of this unique essential oil. Due to the intensive and labour consuming nature of obtain Jasmine essential oil, the cost for a 9ml bottle is around £70.00 for the pure oil. Due to the cost of this essential oil, Jasmine is usually kept in a cupboard of the shop floor or behind the counter. If you do not see it in the shop ask, as it may be hidden away! Warning: The better quality of the oil the more expensive it will be. Avoid cheaper jasmine oils. These tend not to be pure. **Mixing** Jasmine essential oil mixes well with other oils: Atlas Cedarwood Bergamot Camomile Cary Sage Ginger Lavender Lemon Lemongrass Mimo
sa Patchouli Rose Rosewood Sandalwood Ylang-ylang **How to Use** For Stress: Add 8 to 10 drops into a carrier (milk or Almond oil) and pour into a bath to help counteract stress. Relax for as long as required in a room lit with candles and soft music playing in the background. To create a room with a mellow atmosphere: 5 to 10 drops in a room burner (No more than 10 drops as this oil can cause headaches). Or 10 drops on wood for burning on an open fire. For more information about this and other essential oils, plus where to obtain this oil contact www.culpeper.com
This is the gold bar of Aromatherapy products in my opinion (along with Ylang Ylang). I just love Jasmine and can never get enough of it, I absolutely adore the many varieties of Jasmine plants and if I ever was to have a baby girl I would call her Jasmine! Yes, as you can tell, I’m a Jasmine fanatic! This oil is the most used out of my collection, it’s great for depression, stress, fatigue, when you’re really stressed out and angry. The oil itself leaves you feeling all warm and loved inside. If you ever walk passed a Jasmine plant and inhale the perfume it gives out you will know that it gives you that sense of instant pleasure. It’s an uplifting, relaxing oil that will leave you feeling optimistic and slightly ‘euphoric’. I will guarantee this!! This is a brilliant oil and I swear by it! MUST GET IT!!
Jasmine has a lovely aroma, thought to be an aphrodisiac. It can be quite expensive to buy though because the plant only yeilds a tiny amount of oil. Apart from being an aphrodisiac it is stimulating and uplifting of the emotions. Used as an anti depressant it is believed to perk one up - it can be used to ease lethargy :-) On the other hand it can be used, massaged across the abdomen to relieve the pains of menstrual cramps. Often used in beauty preparations because of it's delightful aroma and invigorating properties, it is also a delightful oil to massage into the scalp to perfume the hair. As a heady and sensual fragrance around the home, (or for the bedroom) blend with sandalwood or patchoulli and add a few drops to an oil burner.