One of the most widely known and used herbs out there, lavender has a multitude of benefits for the mind, body, and soul. Being super easy to grown and maintain, having it in your garden will make it a staple in your day to day life. It’s native to the Mediterranean area, so living in Southern California like I do, is perfect weather for lavender to flourish. It flowers from June to August so to get peak quality, harvest the plant when it is beginning to bud, once it is fully bloomed its potency diminishes.
Now what do you do with lavender? Well the answer is anything! You can use essential oils to relax you in a stressful situation, or use it in a diffuser. Just be careful because it can be harmful to cats! I keep some dried lavender in a muslin bag in my clothes drawer to keep them smelling fresh, I know some people put it under their pillow to help lull them to sleep. You can also grind the flowers and mix them with epsom salts for a refreshing bath. Lavender is also an incredible anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, healing cuts and scrapes easily. You can also use it to soothe your digestive tract by drinking it in tea form or in a tincture.
Lavender is also a prominent herb in the kitchen! It can be used to garnish baked goods or infused with milk or lemonade. Drinking a cup of warm lavender milk before bed it a sure way to help you turn off your brain and go to sleep. And of course infusing lemonade with lavender flowers adds and extra little kick to one of my favorite summertime beverages.
Now is also a great time to have some lavender oil on hand because of its powerful disinfectant properties. Mix a few drops with some water in a spray bottle and carry it with you when you go out, you can spray it on anything and it will help kill bacteria, all while smelling nice a well. Lavender also helps with inflammation, so whether it be a stiff neck, sore back or feet, and even varicose veins, just massage a little bit onto the affected area and you’ll be as good as new.
Honestly there are so many more benefits of lavender I could spend a lifetime talking about it, but these are just a few of the main points and I hope that you find them useful to your needs!