Lavender has recently become one of my favorite flowers, smells, colors, and tastes. I have also recently read a lot about the benefits that lavender can have on us which made me fall even more in love with this plant.
Lets start with the obvious, that lavender helps you sleep. Lavender in the form of an essential oil can induce sleep and is commonly recommended as an alternative treatment for insomnia. Another use of lavender in the essential oil form is for the skin, it can be used to soothe almost every skin condition (from acne to eczema). It works as a natural anti-bacterial, fresh lavender promotes healing, fights germs, and infection.
This plant also has a soothing effect on the nervous system when used as an aromatherapy which can ease anxiety and promote sleep (like I said above) and reduce stress. Among other things lavender can help within the nervous system is; treating migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension, as well as emotion stress.
Now lets talk about the things it can help on the outside. As an essential oil it can help with hair loss, especially for those who suffer from Alopecia and an autoimmune disease that rejects the body’s hair follicles. A study done in Scotland found that 40% of Alopecia patients had increased hair growth from applying the oil to their scalp.
Lavender can also be so tasty, it has become one of my favorite flavors. I now add it to my teas and coffees. It is so relaxing even in my lattes. Below I am going to leave a recipe for a lavender tea latte:
- ½ cup almond milk, divided
- ½ teaspoon Culinary Lavender
- (use 1 teaspoon for a stronger lavender flavor)
- ¼ teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- ½ cup water
- 2 Earl Grey Teabags
- Maple Syrup, Honey, or Raw Sugar (to taste)
- Milk Frother (not necessary)
Pour your 1/4 cup of almond milk into your mug and along with your lavender that you will smash between your fingers to break apart and put it in your milk to steep. (3-5 min.)
Next you will take your remaining milk and water and place into a pot and bring to a simmer or place it in the microwave save mug for about 2 min.
Place your earl grey tea bags into your hot milk and water and steep. (2-4 min.) After steeping remove tea mags or leave them (it is all preference) and start to sweeten with honey or sugar.
While your tea is steeping you will want to strain the lavender from your first 1/4 cup of milk and add the vanilla extract. Now you will froth your milk if you own a milk frother, if not that is fine too.
Combine the two and enjoy!