I Heart Lavender!

I Heart Lavender!

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I love lavender. There, I said it! Having just explored the south of France, I was lucky enough to run into this beautiful flowering plant on a daily basis. It's soothing aroma wafts through the mountains in the south of France, close to the Mediterranean Sea. The fields of purple are mesmerizing. The healing benefits of this herb are both tasty and beneficial. See for yourself...
Dried lavendar hanging at the Farmer's Market in Uzes, France.
Natural beauty products, Uzes Farmer's Market.

The oil of lavender is especially unique and has been around for decades. Providing both anti-septic and anti-inflammatory qualities, it was used in hospitals during World War I to treat soldiers various ailments. In aromatherapy, lavender is believed to soothe burns, take the itch out of insect bites and reduce headaches. It is also known to ease anxiety by reducing heart rate and blood pressure. The lavender seeds and flowers are often used to help with relaxation and promote restful sleep. 

Enjoying a peaceful morning (featuring lavendar honey),
Saint Paul de Vence, France. 

A combination of lavender honey, created from bees feeding on lavender plants, has been known to disinfect wounds...and it tastes delicious in teas and yogurts (which I consumed every morning while on my Cote d'Azur adventure)! Lavender contains a type of antioxidant called polyphenol which can reduce the bad bacteria in your gut and assist in de-bloating the belly.

My gorgeous girls holding their bouquets at my wedding.

In effort to promote a calm and relaxing environment, I decided to add lavender to my wedding bouquets. Not only was it a beautiful addition to the arrangements, but the perfect way to promote a more tranquil head space with all of the excitement around us.

Herbs de Provence

It the 1970's, Herbs de Provence made its appearance in many kitchens and included the lavender in it's mix. Since then, lavender has become a more popular addition to cooking. This herb adds a slightly sweet and floral flavor to most dishes, making it a wonderful addition to many baked goods, vegetables, and grilled meats. It also compliments lighter wines such as roses, as well as cheeses that are made from both goat and sheep milk. 

Beauty tip: hair
To treat dandruff and help with hair thinning or loss, mix 15 drops of lavender oil with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, warm slightly and massage into your scalp. Let it sit for an hour and breathe in the comforting aroma. Repeat frequently. 
Sweet treat: Lavender Lemon Cookies (gluten-free!)
Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups almond flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons dried lavender (chopped)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakes
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
3 tablespoons honey
Directions:
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Combine dry ingredients into a large bowl, followed by the wet ingredients.
3. Using warm hands, form together small balls and press onto baking sheet. 
4. Bake for 7-10 minutes.
5. Pour a cup of tea or a glass of wine!
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