We love lavender. We both grow it in our gardens, and we are lucky enough to live near Mountain Farm, a lavender, blueberry, and dairy goat farm. (One of Kathy's dreams is to have a lavender and goat farm, even though she doesn't really like the taste of goat goat cheese or goat's milk.)
Bonnie's daughters at the lavender farm a few years back.
Lavender is one of the most widely used essential oils because it is so versatile: it's calming and relaxing but also uplifting. Lavender played an important role in the start of "modern" essential oil use. In 1910, French chemist René Gattefossé was working in the laboratory of his family's cosmetics firm when he severely burned his hand and plunged it into the nearest liquid, which happened to be a vat of lavender oil. Impressed by how quickly his burn healed, he went on to experiment with lavender and other plant oils to treat injured soldiers during WWI.
Add lavender essential oil to sea salt or epsom salt for a relaxing bath.
Lavender is a great essential oil to carry along when you know you have a stressful day ahead. Many people find that the scent of lavender soothes headaches. (If lavender alone doesn't do the trick, try blending it with a drop of peppermint.) Place a few drops on a cotton ball or tissue near your pillow for a good night's sleep. Or add 5 or 6 drops of lavender to warm bathwater before bedtime for a relaxing soak. If you want a really luxurious bath, add the lavender oil to a cup of milk or to sea salt or epsom salt and then add it to your bath.
We also like to add put a couple of drops of lavender to on a cotton ball and place it in the vacuum cleaner bag. It scents the house nicely and counters that unpleasant smell of dog hair and dust that lingers in a used vacuum cleaner bag. You can also add about 10 drops of lavender to a cup of baking soda to make a nice powder to sprinkle on your rugs or your mattress. Leave it for about an hour and then vacuum it up.
We love hearing from you -- tell us how you use lavender around your house!