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May Herb–Lavender

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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

As an herb, lavender has been in documented use for over 2,500 years. In ancient times lavender was used for mummification and perfume by the Egyptians, Phoenicians, and peoples of Arabia. In the past, Romans used lavender oils for bathing, cooking, and scenting the air. The flower’s soothing fragrance qualities, the insect-repellent effects of the strong scent, and the use of the dried plant in smoking mixtures also added to the value of the herb in ancient times.

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.

How to use: As an inhalant, with a diffuser, as a dietary supplement, or topically on the body, spray in the air, on laundry etc.

Growing Lavender

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.

Harvesting Lavender

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).

Lavender Water

Lavender Cookies

Lavender Biscuits

Lavender Sugar

Lavender Chicken

Lavender Ice Cream

Lavender Cake

Lavender Rum Cake

Lavender Bread

Lavender Fish

Lavender Jelly

Lavender Liqueur

Lavender Tea

Lavender Oil

Lavender Soap

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:

Lavender: How to Grow and Use the Fragrant Herb and Lavender: Practical Inspirations for Natural Gifts, Country Crafts and Decorative Displays.

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.

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