Aaah, lavender. Just thinking about it relaxes us. We grow several different varieties on the farm, and after many years of testing different locations, we’ve found perfect spots for them to thrive and survive our coldest winters. Nearly forty plants within the mint family are technically classified as lavender, and the colors range from the common purple, to white, to pink, to blue…there’s even a yellow violet.
We’ve all heard that lavender make us relax, but it also has a whole host of other benefits, from skincare to culinary.
Stress? What Stress?
Perhaps the easiest and most powerful way to use lavender is to rub a few drops of lavender essential oils onto your temples and other pulse points. The aroma alone can sooth the mind and body by relieving anxious thoughts and balancing your mood. It’s even been shown to help alleviate headaches.
If you have sensitive skin that seems to erupt in rashes every other day, mixing a few drops of lavender essential oil in with your regular moisturizer can help calm it. (However, people with sensitive skin also have many allergic reactions, so be sure to test a little bit on a patch of skin before slathering it all over.)
Wash Your Worries Away
We add a few drops of lavender oil to our washing machine and dryer balls when washing our sheets and pillow cases. It helps us drift off to sleep with less cares…and no need to count baby goats.
Forty-some years old and we’re STILL waiting for our skin to clear up permanently. Lavender is an antiseptic and an anti-inflammatory, which means that it helps to kill bacteria that causes acne, and heals the skin so breakouts don’t leave behind any scars. Simply dab a few drops of lavender essential oil onto those pesky bumps, and watch the magic happen. If full-strength oil is too strong, (remember, skin test!), dilute a few drops with witch hazel on a cotton ball or cleansing cloth and gently apply to the little buggers.
Suffering from a bug bite? A bit of lavender oil can help reduce the swelling and minimize itching. Because of its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, it also helps to soothe wounds and reduce the development of scar tissue.
Josh learned a lot of his cooking skills from his french uncles. Arthur & Bob lived in Provence, which is probably the region most famous for incorporating lavender into its cuisine. Whenever you’re using typical french herb blends – savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme and oregano – in your cooking, try adding a little ground lavender. A little goes a long way though. Add too much and your dish will taste like a lingerie sachet. (A bit of lavender is also great in dessert recipes…pound cakes, custards & fruit fillings.