by Candace Liccione
Lavender is an herb that usually doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Some people love it and some people hate it but none of them take it seriously. Lavender brings to mind English cottage gardens as it is an integral part of an English garden. Lavender is a must if you have a garden. There are so many uses for your lavender flowers – in cut arrangements, in tea, for hair and skin recipes, in cooking and baking, in bath and body recipes. Lavender is a quiet, sedate plant in your garden. The gray/silver foliage is quiet and doesn’t catch your eye until it begins to bloom. Once the flower stems begin to bloom this quiet plant bursts into its lavender beauty. Lavender flowers are not all lavender and come in white and pink varieties. The scent of lavender will transport you to another time and place.
Lavender flowers are a powerful antidepressant, nervine tonic, good for exhaustion, aids with stress, reduces aches and pains, has a mild sedative effect, good for restlessness, dizziness, headaches, stomach discomfort, nervous intestinal disorders, for insecurities, for insomnia, depression and skin and hair blends. Lavender calms and stabilizes the nervous system and relax muscles so is great as a calming tea or great in the bathtub to calm and relax.
Lavender was used in the 17th century during the Great Plaque when it was suggested that a bunch of lavender fastened to the wrist would protect the wearer against the plague. Lavender is often an ingredient in the current aromatherapy blend Thieves Oil or Medieval blend used against infectious diseases.
Lavender can be used in so many ways – as an herb for tea, a medicinal remedy, as an essential oil for emotional and physical ailments and you can cook with it. Lavender added to lemonade is delicious and lavender in cookies is yummy. Lavender blends well with citrus flavors. Lavender flowers are a wonderful flavor to add to herbal vinegars to use in salads or in marinades.
Time to take this herb seriously and make sure that lavender in all its forms are part of your life and health.
Lavender Bath Blend
1 cup dried lavender flowers
2 cups of oatmeal
½ cup of baking soda
Put all ingredients into a food processor and grind to a smooth fine powder. Place into a muslin bag and use in bath.