Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Wellbeing Wednesday - Lovely Lavender

lavender, so calming and lovely
Spring arrives tomorrow. I am looking forward to watching the flowers burst and bloom. In particular, I am looking forward to picking some fresh lavender.Lavender is one of the most versatile herbaceous plants in this world. Not only does it look and smell amazing, it has wonderful healing properties that anyone can use safely, and without needing to be a hippy!

As a flower, lavender can be cut fresh and dried to be used as clothes and linen fresheners, as a tea with slices of lemon, in muffins and cakes, in a herbal pillow, or loving displayed in vases around the home. 
lavender sachets to keep your knicker drawer fresh!
I love lavender so much that I designed my wedding around the flowers. In fact it is my ninth wedding anniversary today, and so we are blessed to have lots of beautiful lavender around the region to pick. The lavender bouquets and decorations were so lovely to look at, the calming properties made for a somewhat relaxed atmosphere in the church and were romantic and spiritual in nature. I had a huge bouquet of lavender and made lavender pins for the gents.
romantic and lovely
As an essential oil, lavender has many applications. Using an oil burner, you can create a calming and relaxing aroma that permeates through the air. Drops can be added to your bath or even on a handkerchief to place under your pillow for restful sleeps. Lavender can be added to a base oil for massage to ease and relax tired and aching muscles. Blend lavender with eucalyptus oil and you have a powerful concoction that will assist in healing colds and flu, infections, and ease depression.
lavender essential oil is versatile
One of my favourite applications is to assist with menstrual pain. I heat a tablespoon of olive oil and add 5 drops of lavender essential oil to this and massage all over my abdomen, and lower back and breasts. 

Lavender is a suitable calming agent for children too. You just need to halve the amount of essential oils used. 

Do you like lavender? Would you use it regularly? What is your favourite flower or essential oil?

Be Happy, 


Courtney @ Nobashake said...

I love lavender. Since moving to victoria from tassie that has been one thing I have really missed from our garden, and daffodils. Once can never have to many daffodils, and tulips, or roses. I have none of any of them :( I need to get my garden happening a bit. Would be nice to have some flowers to pick. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary too. x

MultipleMum said...

One of my favourite scents! So easy to grow too (which is always a winner in my eyes). We use it to help our kids sleep (a dash under the pillow). Lovely post Nic (and happy anniversary!) x