Lavender: Benefits and Uses

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I loooove lavender. It bears one of the most relaxing smells and also has sooo many uses. I've grown it outdoors before (my hunny & I love gardening) and I've bought dried buds in bulk as well. I LOVE that stuff. I even use it for my facials:

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Lavender also has a lot of benefits and uses:

  • Lavender produces a high quality honey that is most commonly sold around the Mediterranean areas
  • It repels insects
  • It has antiseptic qualities
  • It's an anti-inflammatory aid
  • Lavender is one of the most used flowers in aromatherapy - it's very soothing and said to be the most effective herb
  • It's blended with black tea to make "Lavender Tea"
  • Lavender soothes muscles and comforts the stomach
  • If you apply lavender essential oil to your temples, it can soothe a headache
  • It is one of 2 essential oils than can be applied directly to the skin without diluting it
  • Lavender is known for treating acne
  • You can grow lavender at home and dry it - the buds can go into so many things!

To dry lavender, cut it shortly after it blooms - this is when it's the most fragrant. Don't be afraid to cut it - it actually encourages growth. There are a couple methods for drying:

  1. Spread lavender over a screen in dark, well ventilated area & let dry for at least a week
  2. Bundle with hands and roll back and forth if you want to loosen the buds

OR

  1. Bundle lavender 3/4 of an inch from the ends with a rubber band (if you use a string, make sure to tie it tight enough!) The stems shrink when drying.
  2. Hang upside down in a dark, well ventilated area
  3. Let dry for at least a week
  4. Roll the bundle back and forth if you want to loosen the buds

You could also tie up some dried buds in a cheesecloth and toss it into the bath along with some epsom salts (the salts are really good for your muscles). Ahhhh....

** some people do have a lavender allergy; luckily I'm not one of them