” There’s a few things I’ve learned in life: always throw salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for good luck, and fall in love whenever you can.” – Alice Hoffman”
(Lavender; Lavendula officnialis or angustifolia)
It is hard to even begin writing about Lavender because there are SO MANY USES!! Lavender is one of those herbs that has a long history of credit and is commonly grown in almost every garden and is used in almost every household. If you haven’t seen it, you’ve likely heard about it in a tea, soap, fragrance, or oil.
Lavender is a fragrant, aromatic mint with soft greyish- purple flowers. It is easy to grow perennial and is native to the dry mediterranean has been notably used for its essential oil and other healing properties in Ancient Greece.
Lavender is specific to the nervous system and an overall relaxant. The flowers are used as an infusion, tea or tincture to ease stress, anxiety, insomnia, muscle tension, mental tension, headaches/migraines (usually combined with feverfew). The oil can be used topically for bites, stings and burns – it has been referred to as “first- aid in a bottle” for its fast, quick response- It is a must-have in any herbal first-aid kit or home remedy cabinet.
It is safe for children, and can be used in combination with chamomile or lemon balm for a nice tea for over active children or a calming oil diffusion for a calming atmosphere. The essential oil can be rubbed on temples or wrists to combat headaches and to promote relaxation after a long day, or added to a bath to unwind and loosen muscles.
Honey & Lavender are an excellent combination topically and internally. There is a wonderful recipe for lavender lemonade, lavender scones, tasty lavender bitters and other culinary creations are becoming more popular!!