Love That Lavender!


Lyssa McKenrySniffff! Take a moment from your hectic day, and recall the distinctive fragrance of lavender. See, you are already feeling calmer! When I smell lavender, it makes me feel like I’m in a serene meadow without a care in the world, even if the world is falling down around me. Because of the fresh smell, this herb has a wide variety of uses in your home and makes a great addition to your oil collection, garden, or recipes.

Many people that use essential oils claim lavender is the quintessential oil. If you could only have one oil, make it lavender, they say. This could be because lavender oil is so versatile. Here are some great applications:

1. Relaxation — Put a few drops on your pillow at night to help you sleep. (I’m usually not awake long enough to smell it ... I guess that means it works!) Or you could put a few drops on your feet, temples, or wrists for a calming effect. If work is stressful, use a diffuser in your office with lavender oil. I’ve got mine running right now!

2. Skin — It reduces swelling and itching, is good for bee stings, and is good for burns and cuts. Lavender keeps bacteria down and reduces pain. If you have eczema, try mixing it with an oil to reduce symptoms. Honestly, any kind of skin problem, put some lavender on it!

3. Nausea — Lavender helps to calm the stomach; place on the tip of your tongue or behind ears.

Now that I have convinced you that life without lavender is impossible, let’s talk about growing it! What color is your thumb? Never mind, lavender is a great plant for folks that tend to ... Well, have a black thumb (gasp!). Once established, a lavender plant is low-maintenance and drought tolerant, so don’t worry about forgetting to water it every day. Lavender likes hot, sunny locations with well-drained soil. This is a great mounding plant, so make sure you build up the soil around it for good drainage. There are several different varieties of lavender that have different colors from dark purple to blue. So pick some up from your local nursery, and put it in the ground!

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