Herbs: The Benefits of Lavender

 It was only natural to start day one of #100DaysofHerbs with my favorite herb, lavender. 

Day One:

Photo: @MountainRoseHerbs Lavender Coffee Latte

Photo: @MountainRoseHerbs Lavender Coffee Latte

My chef husband, aka The Meat Man, wooed me with lavender while we were dating- with a lavender creme brulee to be exact. I guess he figured out I liked lavender when he saw the lavender sachets in the drawers, the dried lavender bundles hanging in rooms, the lavender essential oil I use nightly to sleep, the lavender growing in the garden, and oh, when we attended a local lavender festival together. Smartly, after reading the writing on the wall,  he made the best lavender creme brulee IN THE WORLD for my birthday.  That's all it took.  Hook, line, and lavender. Good husband, lucky wife. 

The Project

This project, #The100DaysofHerbs, derives from the  #The100DayProject on Instagram. The start Date is April 19, 2016 and goes for 100 days ending July 25, 2016. The project asks people to pick up a paintbrush, camera, meditation -anything for 100 days and document the process.   I am also using #The100DayProject to enhance my beginner knowledge of herbs and to strengthen both my fledgling photography and writing skills.

Why Herbs?

I was diagnosed with an "incurable disease" by Western Medicine two years ago and after a bit of crying, and trusting my gut to say no to the VERY HARMFUL drug they wanted to put me on to "help" manage my symptoms (not even cure the disease), God put me right in front of an herbalists doors, and I haven't looked back since. More on that over the next 100 days. 

Lavender Facts

Lavender has been used for thousands of years, as most herbs have. Herbs were medicine before modern medicine took over in the last 100 years. The Egyptians used lavender in their mummification process and Mary even washed Jesus's feet with it. Currently, lavender is the most used essential oil in the world. Probably not very surprising as the fragrance alone is divine and one of the main benefits of lavender is to destress the body and mind. Who doesn't want that? While the essential oil industry is booming right now, and I am very grateful for people turning to essential oils for a more natural approach to healing, I will use this project to explore the many forms of the herb as well as its benefits.  

Benefits of Lavender

Lavender is known for the herb's fragrance but also for its antibacterial, antimicrobial, cough suppressing, antiseptic and pain relieving properties. You can use the fresh herbs as cutting in vases, dry it in bundles to hang around the house, and it's edible- add the dried flowers to teas, coffee and more (if you are a male please look into the precautions of taking lavender orally for any length of time as it may cause hormone imbalances). 

Quick Guide To Benefits:

Reduces anxiety and emotional stress
Heals burns and wounds
Improves sleep
Restores skin complexion and reduces acne
Slows aging with powerful antioxidants
Improves eczema and psoriasis
Alleviates headaches

Since this is a learning project, and I know there are so many benefits to each herb and I could never list them all, I would love to hear your comments on the herb.  Why you enjoy it, precautions, how you use it etc.  Please feel free to help me along in my process!