Lavender was one of the first herbs I ever worked with. And, if I'm honest, I have to say we were not very good friends at the start.
I was manufacturing a personal care product line, and selling it both online and at open air markets. I felt as though I needed to carry a lavender line. It is a very popular scent and a well-known therapeutic oil. People love it!
Unfortunately, the oil brought on a mild headache every time I got near it. Ugh!
It was particularly bad when I made lavender soap. The steam that arose when I poured the oil in with the hot soap was quite powerful. It had a profound effect on me.
I remember thinking, "Who the hell uses this stuff to promote rest and relaxation? It's just awful!" LOL
But if you ask the average person what lavender oil can be used for, they would likely respond that it provides a calming effect. Aka = rest & relaxation!
Time has passed. My relationship with this botanical has evolved. And Her seductive powers have won me over.
I am no longer sensitive to Her aroma. I can not only use Her for self-care, but I am fond of Her. She is now affectionately known to me as Lovely Lady Lavender 💜😉💜
I am a rather avid fan of a bit of lavender balm rubbed on my wrist just before I lay down to sleep at night. She lulls me. It's wonderful.
I cannot imagine my home without a bottle of lavender oil in it. I like to have a bag of dried lavender flower buds in the house as well. But the oil is essential (no pun intended). There are just so many ways to utilize this delightfully fragrant 'nectar'.
Perhaps my favorite use for it is to soothe and heal burns. I make a simple lavender balm, using this plants essential oil, and keep a jar in my kitchen for this purpose. In my opinion, it is by far the best way to alleviate the pain and redness of burns. There are many home remedies out there which provide top notch remedial effects for burns, but none compare to lavender.
Simply rub some oil, either diluted in a carrier or brewed into a balm, on the affected area immediately after a burn occurs. This will reduce redness, blistering, scarring, and pain. She is that good 😉
This also works well for sunburns. I've used it MANY times.
As if these uses for lavender are not enough reason to keep Her around, there are many, many more.
She is one of the best herbal remedies for muscle and joint pain. I remember sitting at an outdoor market one day and talking to the vendor next to me about what types of balm she could use for her arthritic hands. Unfortunately, I was out of the product I was making for this purpose at that time. I made a comment, in friendly jest, about her using my lavender balm instead. I said, "It may or may not take away your pain, but one thing is for sure, your hands will smell just lovely today!"
She chuckled and took some of the balm and rubbed it on her hands. About 20 minutes later she bought 4 jars! She said the pain had completely lifted. This was the moment I learned what a useful ally lavender is for muscle and joint pain. It works. Give it a try.
Taken as a tea, this herb is fabulous for digestive issues. This yummy beverage can also be served to friends and loved ones who are suffering from stress or grief. It will hit the spot and lift the emotional struggle a bit for sure.
Infuse Her in your favorite cooking oil and use it to saute veggies, chicken, or fish. This also makes a great replacement for other oils when baking. I avoid sweets almost completely, but a piece of lavender shortbread will weaken my willpower every time ;)
If you indulge in the sweet stuff from time to time, try infusing this tasty herb in sugar. Fab on grapefruit! Yep. Yep.
I prefer to infuse mine in pink Himalayan salt, and use it as a rub for chicken. I allow the chicken to 'marinate' in the salt overnight, grill it, and then roll it, ever-so-lightly, in a gourmet bbq sauce. YUMMY!
Lavender infused butter is the perfect companion for farm fresh, organic, potatoes. This is a must-have. Really. For sure.
She just smells good. Like really very good. Making Her the perfect aromatic addition to handmade personal care products 😉
That concludes our journey through the oh-so-calming world of lavender ...
I hope it has been as much fun for you as it has been for me ...
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Bountiful Blessings ~ Diane