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I enjoy photographing LAVENDER (or Lavandula) flowers with their whimsical, bunny-like appearance. Sometimes when the light is shining just right they resemble spiritual guides dancing joyously in the wind.
Lavender is a genus of 39 species of aromatic, flowering plants in the Mint family. They are used as culinary herbs and for their essential oils.
We usually describe the species, Lavandula Angustifolia, when we refer to lavender. The color "lavender" is named for the shade of the flower of this species.
Dried lavender flowers are often placed in sealed pouches to freshen stored clothing and to discourage moths.
Lavender oil was used extensively during World War I for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities. It also has a soothing effect in alleviating anxiety and sleep disturbances.
Lavender honey made by bees feeding on lavender flowers has been used to treat uninfected wounds.
In 2007, the U.S. National Institute of Health published a controversial study cautioning the use of lavender oils by young boys due to possible hormonal effects leading to gynecomastia.
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