Though you may think lavender is a flower, it isn't. It's an herb, an evergreen shrub of the mint family.
The root of the word 'lavender' means to wash or to cleanse. It has wonderful cooling and soothing properties and though there are a myriad of ways to use lavender, here are a few:
- In skincare for cleansing and soothing the skin;
- In medicine to soothe burns and wounds;
- In cuisine such as in lavender lemonade or sprinkling dried blooms on dessert, for example;
- For relieving insomnia by rubbing a few drops of lavender essential oil on the temples;
- To aromatize your dresser drawers with sachets made of dried lavender;
- In glorious flower arrangements to uplift the spirit;
- For calming nerves, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and a troubled and busy mind;
- When feeling lonely and missing mother or, its fragrance is a comforting analog for mother.
For a host of other uses for lavender, visit NaturopathicbyNature.com.
- 1 cup raw honey (local if you can get it)
- 5 cups pure water
- 1 Tbsp. dried, organic culinary lavender (or 1/4 cup fresh lavender blossoms, crushed) (where to find online)
- 1 cup fresh-squeezed, organic lemon juice, strained
- Ice cubes
- Lavender sprigs for garnish
Bring 2 1/2 cups water to boil in a medium pan. Remove from heat and add honey, stirring to dissolve. Add the lavender to the honey water, cover, and let steep at least 20 minutes or up to several hours, to taste.
Strain mixture and discard lavender. Pour infusion into a glass pitcher. Add lemon juice and another 2 1/2 cups of cold water. Stir well. Refrigerate until ready to use, or pour into tall glasses half-filled with ice, then garnish with lavender sprigs.