Lavender is known for its strong floral aroma and beautiful color. The scent can help alleviate stress and headaches, but this herb can be used for more than aromatherapy. This herb has been around for centuries and was even used during the Black Plague to “ward off” the disease. Honeybees are very attracted to the smell of lavender, and so are humans!
Why is it beneficial?
Lavender surprisingly has many important nutrients. It contains calcium and iron, which are important for blood and bone health. It also has some vitamin A which improves eye and skin health. Luckily, you don’t need to consume a lot a lavender to get the benefits. A two ounce serving is more than enough.
When is it in season?
You can usually find local lavender from April/May through August if a farmer near you grows it. You can also grow a relatively small lavender plant yourself! Find the seeds at any garden center.
How long will it keep?
Fresh picked lavender won’t last very long. To preserve your herbs, you can dry them fairly easily with this tutorial. Dried lavender will last months if stored in a cool, dry place.
How can I use it?
There are seemingly endless uses for lavender from home goods to baked goods. Here are a few ideas listed below.
- The flavor of lavender goes best with sweet or decadent. Use it in cookies, scones, or cakes.
- You can also use it in drinks. Try this lavender lemonade!
- Make a calming exfoliating scrub. Mix dried or fresh lavender with granulated sugar and melted coconut oil until you reach your desired consistency. Store in an airtight container.
- Make homemade chamomile lavender latte.
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