The time is here and summer is fast approaching. The lavender season upon us. Are you ready to discover the joys of lavender?
History of Lavender
But lavender is still a valuable herb today. This wonderful spice has many essential uses for people in our times.
Lavender Botanical Family: Lamiaceae or Labiatae (mint)
Plant Origin: Utah, Idaho, France
Medical Properties: Antiseptic, anti-fungal analgesic, anti-tumoral, anticonvulsant, relaxant, anti-inflammatory, reduces blood fat/cholesterol, combats extra sebum on skin.
Uses: Respiratory infections, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, menstrual problems/PMS, skin conditions, burns, hair loss, insomnia, nervous tension.
Other uses: May help with arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, convulsions, depression, earaches, heart palpitations, hives, insect bites, hives, rheumatism and throat infections.
Everyday uses: Lavender can be used as a insect repellent, pet wash, aromatherapy, sleep aid, digestive aid, cooking additive, cosmetic remover, air freshener, laundry helper, when ironing, use for personal care–baths, lotions, soaps, salts, scrubs, as a mood pick-me-upper, antiseptic, in baking, as a tea, in candles among other things.
The best time to grow lavender is in late spring to early summer. Plant in dry soil. These flowers do not like wet soil and they grow best in cramped quarters.
Cut lavender plants early in the morning before the sun comes up in order to keep the essential oils intact. Dry in bunches either upside down or on a screen in a cool dark place.
Lavender is a versatile spice that has so many uses that we want to share some of them with you. In each section we have included a simple recipe that you can use to help your family discover the wonders of this flower. It is our hope that you will try the recipes at least once and decide that you simply can’t live life without using these natural and holistic spices. If you have been in search of a better way–here it is–God’s best for his people–nature. (Just click on the links to go to the section that is of interest to you).
Please let us know if you enjoyed the recipes! Leave your comments. If you want to submit your own recipe please so so through our contact us page–just put Lavender Recipe Submission in the subject line.
If you want to learn more about lavender click here.
To learn how to use lavender check out these resources:
If you want to learn more about essential oils or order lavender oil visit Young Living Essential Oils.
Please note Young Living lavender essential oil can be taken internally –other brands may not be 100% natural and caution should be takten with them but they probably can be used for personal care, aromatherapy and household cleaning among other things–check with the seller or manufacturer for proper use.