I remember the first time I fell in love with lavender it was on a visit to a coastal lavender farm. It was a beautiful, sunny, warm day. It was an experience that heightened and calmed all the senses from sight, smell, touch and taste and brought a sense of peace and relaxation. The wind was slightly blowing and even from the parking lot I got a hint of aroma from the awaiting lavender fields. Walking the lane and looking ahead of me I was taken with the field of purple and green. Then taking a few small buds from the plant and rolling it between my fingers which immediately erupted the natural fragrance. I was completely hooked once I tasted a buttery shortbread with a hint of lavender and lemon.
Lavender is known for it calming and relaxing benefits. It can help with anxiety, depression and insomnia as well as headaches and stomach problems. In the garden, lavender will keep away insects and it will prevent deer from coming into your garden and eating all your plants.
Here are some of my favourite ways to use lavender.
Pure Lavender Oil
Rub on wrists before bedtime for a restful sleep.
Epson Salt Bath with Lavender
Adding lavender to your epson salt bath will add another layer of relaxation to your bath time.
All natural bar soap
Nothing says a better good morning or good night then fresh smelling lavender suds in the shower. If mixed with pure cow’s milk your skin will not only smell great but be super soft.
Summer Tea Time
Want to have a summer tea party? Make it a lavender theme and serve up these shortbread with a lavender lemon iced tea.
Here is my best tip when using and trying out lavender always use 100% all natural lavender products and oils.