Lavender 

Magical attributes

Lavender is masculine in action and associated with Mercury in Culpeper's Herbal.  It is also associated with the element of air and the astrological sign Virgo.

I may be used as an asperging herb (to sprinkle water for purification purposes and dried lavender sticks and wands can be burnt like incense. 

It is also useful in spells to sharpen the mind, to encourage or strengthen pure love, and to encourage fertility.

Household use

Lavender deters fleas and moths.  Place sachets of lavender buds or lavender wands in cupboards and closets or stuff them into pet bedding to help deter pests from these areas.  Also, put sachets of lavender in your dryer to scent your laundry.  These can be reused several times.

Healing attributes

The scent of lavender is relaxing and uplifting all at once making it great aromatherapy for stressed out or depressed individuals.  Try adding some lavender oil to your bath or add it to a mild oil for a relaxing massage at the need of a hard day.

Stuffing a pillow with lavender buds may help insomniacs relax and fall asleep and soothes headaches.

Lavender Essential oil has a list of health benefits including, but not limited to, sedative, calming, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, anti-depressant, antiseptic, and deodorant.

Caution:h l

The essential oil of lavender is particularly potent and should be used carefully.  Large amounts of lavender should not be consumed by pregnant women or nursing mothers.

Culinary  Use

Lavender is a good addition to wedding cakes because of it's delicate flavor and its association with love and fertility.