I just loooove Lavender (as you can see from the home page of my blog). Lavender is super versatile and can be used for an array of medicinal benefits as well as giving your home a heavenly aroma everyone will love (if it gets rid of the odur of smelly teenage boys, it can do anything!). Have you thought of including lavender in your food? There are so many recipes that include lavender, I will set to work and find lots to post on my blog, they are definitely not to be missed.
What Secret Health Benefits Does Lavender Hold?
Aiding good circulation
Alleviating stress and nervous tension
Improving good mood
Inducing restful sleep
Anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties
Ease join pain
Great for easing irritated skin
Lavender is no modern day phenomenon it’s use for health purposes and aroma dates way back to ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt and China.
Mosquitoes Can Find Another Snack!
Now humans and bees (it’s a winner with bees too), may love the smell of lavender, but mosquitos don’t so by using a little lavender essential oil mixed with a carrier oil can stop their cravings to snack on you! Using a moisturiser with lavender (or a little lavender essential oil in your moisturiser) will definitely be a sign for mosquitoes to buzz off!
Ahhhh…Soak Away The Stresses of The Day.
Use lavender essential oil for an aromatic, calming, relaxing bath.
Known to reduce nervous exhaustion, lavender essential oil is the perfect accompaniment to a warm bath. Simply drop around 7 drops of lavender essential oil in your bath after it’s run (Word of warning: Essential oils can irritate skin, so you may want to add it to a carrier oil before adding to the bath). Then lay back, relax and inhale the calming aroma as it soothes away the stresses of a long day. Click here to see the Lavender essential oil I love on Amazon.
Great carrier oils are:
Olive Oil (there are so many it’s going to be a separate blog).
Before we move on to a couple of recipes using Lavender, Please Note: The use of essential lavender oil instead of fresh or dried lavender is a NO GO! It is not recommended to ingest lavender essential oil as it is far more concentrated.
Have you ever tried lavender tea? It’s fab for fibro symptoms. Reducing muscle spasms, reducing inflammation, reducing stress promoting a balanced mood, easing chronic pain, aiding restful sleep and reducing headaches.
Why? Lavender is high in vitamin A, calcium (another good one if you are giving up dairy), and iron. As well as linalool, phenolic compounds.
How to make lavender tea.
You can purchase a variety of lavender tea bags, but it is so easy to make it yourself.
2-3 tbsp (depending on taste) of fresh lavender florets, chopped. (You can use dried lavender)
6-8 cups boiling water
Honey (if you prefer a sweeter tasting tea)
Bring the water to boiling in a teapot or small saucepan, then remove from heat.
You can use a tea ball to secure the lavender or you can simply add the lavender to the water.
Cover the pot or saucepan to keep in all the steamy goodness and allow to steep for around 10 minutes.
Add honey if you prefer a sweeter tasting tea.
Everyone’s tastes differ, so you can use this as a rough guide and tweak to find the taste that you prefer.
If you only want to make one cup of tea, then you can make it directly in your tea cup, reduce the amount of lavender to 1-2 tbsp’s of lavender, fill the cup with boiling water and cover with a saucer for 10-15 minutes.
Add 1 tsp of camomile buds for a totally relaxing, warming tea.
You can also make extra and chill which makes for a refreshing, calming drink, especially in the summer months.
The sun is shining (today anyway), and it reminded me of a yummy, healthy, refreshing drink that only takes a couple of minutes to make.
I use filtered water as I do prefer the taste to bottled water, and it works out a lot cheaper all round.
Fill a jug with filtered water.
To make it taste even more refreshing as well as adding Vitamin C, slice a lemon and add to the water. I always squeeze a slice into the water as well just for more taste.
Sprinkle around a Tbsp (can you believe I had to check that abbreviation) of dried lavender into the water and give it a stir.
In my opinion it tastes better if you leave it for 10 to 15 minutes.
If you don’t want a mouthful of lavender, you can pour it into a infuser drinking bottle, it’s also great if you have to go out you can just take it with you to sip through the day.
Heavenly Days Out
Smell the aroma of lavender dancing in the air, see fields bursting with colour, a feast for the senses. The lavender farms definitely make a wonderful , relaxing, rejuvenating day out. I didn’t imagine there would be a farm near me but it turns out it’s only 30 minutes away by car. How I wish it was open all year round but it opens from June until September. Check and see if there is one near you and what times of the year they are open.
As you can see there are so many different uses for lavender that can help alleviate some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia and I am sure there are many more…I’m keeping my eye out and will definitely write more posts when I find them.
As with any of my recipes or advice tips please always consult your doctor if you are worried about consuming any ingredients or applying any techniques. If you have an allergy to lavender do not consume. If you are pregnant, please consult a medical practitioner before consuming lavender tea.
I would love to know any tips or ways to use lavender, please do share them in the comments.
Have a wonderful, relaxing day x
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