Lavender, Lavender where do you bloom?
“In the garden but you picked me and put me in a vase in your room.”Lavender, Lavender how did you get there?
“You picked me up and put me in a vase so my perfume could fill the air.”**~Marian~
Ah, lavender, the scent that has been added to everything from lotion to laundry detergent. But how great is this flowering herb? Pretty damn great. Not only can it make a room smell amazing but it has some incredible properties such as the fact that it has chemical constituents that make lavender antibacterial, anti-fungal, vasoconstrictive, carminative, sedative, bitter, antidepressant, hypnotic, cholagogue, anti-microbial and has anti-inflammatory and toning properties. I will go into more detail tomorrow during the podcast about the active constituents and how they differ in Lavandula officinalis, Lavender L. angustifolia and Lavandin L. intermedia. Funny story, my best friend purchase some lavandin oil thinking it would smell like lavender, which is her favorite, and quickly realized that there is a difference in the oils.
But it doesn’t stop with the essential oils, the flower itself can be cooked with and used for drinks. The herb can be made into a tea before bed to help with insomnia or just a more restful sleep.
Magic Boo Boo Spray
I like using this for the kids in the neighborhood when they fall and want to have some of my “Magic BooBoo Potion,” yes the kids that know me think I am magical. It may have something to do with the fact that I add food grade edible sprinkles to the spray but who can say. The lavender is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antibacterial which makes it perfect for cuts, scrapes and bumps. And it has the added bonus of having a relaxing affect on the person it is applied to, so the tears stop falling as well.
7 tablespoons water
1 witch hazel
5–10 drops lavender essential oil
1 (4-ounce) spritzer bottle
Combine the water, witch hazel, and essential oil in the spritzer bottle. Shake and spray as needed.
Check out the podcast tomorrow for more info on lavender and more recipes.
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