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     Is there truly any scent more relaxing, more calming, more....feel like lying in a field of it, than lavender?  I'm not sure if it's just me, but as soon as I smell this divinity,  I feel all the stress being released from my body and soul.  Okay....maybe just most of it, but you understand what I'm saying?  Lavender is truly my favourite scented herb of all the herbs.  I've made lavender bath bombs, soap, bath bags, salts, linen sprays and I can't get enough of it!  You can ingest it internally in teas or food or externally with the oil, but whatever you do with it...it's going to help at the very least with your mindset. 

     Just the inhalation of lavender will help a headache related to stress especially.  It can induce you to a peaceful sleep by just having a sachet under your pillow or spraying your pillowcase with lavender linen spray.  Lavender oil can be used externally to soothe aches and pains by rubbing some oil on the area affected.

          Beauty wise, it can be used for acne flare ups and as a balm for sunburn just by mixing a few drops to a little water and then rubbing it on the affected area as well.   You can rub the oil undiluted onto insect bites and stings. Also...I know, but wait!  Lavender can help repair damaged hair too!

          If you want to dry lavender, collect it when the flowers start to fade...at the end stage of flowering and hang upside down in a cool place, in a paper bag.  This way when the flowers fall off, you can collect them!

          Now that you've learned a wee bit about lavender....this is where the lounging comes in.  Run yourself a lovely bath with several drops of lavender, lay back and inhale!  Trust me, you will feel calm.

          I wasn't planning on giving a mini-lesson on lavender today, but once I started there was no stopping me!  I think that perhaps once or twice a week I'll post another herb commentary here and if anyone has info to add, please do!  I'm also going to try to put some crafting recipes for herbs out there as well.   By the way, today was a lovely day....unlike yesterday.  We had friends at lunch for paninis, spinach salad and peach wine along with animated conversation with good friends we haven't seen enough of! 

          Hope your day was great too! 

Nancy
8/9/2011 12:46:20 pm

Lavender is my ultimate favorite! For anyone who thinks it's their granny's fragrance ..... You are so wrong! Just close your eyes and take a deep breath and enjoy! Lots of interesting info Wendy .... Thanks!

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8/9/2011 01:04:21 pm

Thanks Nancy!

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Maureen
8/9/2011 01:24:29 pm

My lavender is just starting to bloom! Can't wait to cut it.

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8/9/2011 08:02:06 pm

....I, of course, will inhale all the fragrance out of it! Hahahaha!

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8/10/2011 05:18:58 am

Mmmm,...who doesn't love lavender. We planted some this year and I can't wait for it to bloom.

Thanks for popping over to my site (how did you find me?). I would have emailed you back but your profile isn't set up to do that so I figured I'd track you down here. :)

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8/10/2011 10:30:14 am

Hi Terry, I sent you an e-mail to your gmail! Thanks for replying back! :)

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6/5/2012 11:31:10 pm

The use of herb is becoming more popular with time. Useful information shared..

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