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"Harmony in Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia): Navigating the Aromatic Path to Balance"

Updated: Mar 2









Navigating the aromatic path to balance with Lavender involves embracing the multifaceted benefits of this amazing floral herb.


Begin your journey by acknowledging the calming and soothing essence that Lavender emanates. Its aroma has the power to alleviate stress and anxiety, creating a calm atmosphere that invites tranquility into your surroundings.


Consider incorporating Lavender into your daily rituals. Whether through essential oil, using a clean organic room mist, or placing a small lavender-filled pillow over your eyes, let the natural scent, guide you to moments of relaxation and mindfulness. For pain relief lavender possesses analgesic properties, which can provide relief from various types of pain, including headaches and muscle aches. Lavender also has anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce inflammation and soothe irritated skin.






Here's a simple recipe for you:

Lavender Balm


Ingredients:

1/4 cup virgin coconut oil ( I use Dr. Bronner's Whole Kernel VCO)

1/4 cup unrefined ( has not been treated with any chemicals or solvents) shea butter

1/4 cup beeswax (grated or pellets for easier melting) try and locate an apiary to ensure you are getting high-quality wax.

40 - 50 drops of organic lavender essential oil ( you can adjust based on your preference).

1 Tablespoon Organic sweet almond oil (check out Mountain Rose Herbs).


Equipment:

  • Double boiler or a small pot and heat-safe bowl

  • Spatula or spoon for stirring

  • Small glass jars ( I use amber glass jars) for the balm.


Instructions:

  1. Melt the Base: Set up your double boiler by filling the pot with a couple of inches of water and placing the bowl on top, ensuring the bottom doesn't touch the water. Add the virgin coconut oil, organic shea butter, and beeswax pellets to the bowl. Heat over medium until the beeswax and oils have completely melted together, stirring occasionally.

  2. Cool Down: Remove the mixture from heat and let it cool for a few minutes but not solidify.

  3. Add Lavender OEO: Once slightly cooled, stir in the lavender organic essential oil (and sweet almond oil if using). This step is done after removing heat to preserve the therapeutic properties of the essential oil (EO).

  4. Pour into Containers: Carefully pour the mixture into your small glass jars.

  5. Solidify: Let the balm cool and solidify at room temperature. This can take a few hours.

  6. Label and Store: Once solidified, label your glass jars and store them in a cool, dry place. The balm should last for up to a year.


This lavender balm is perfect for applying to your temples, wrists, or other stress points for a calming effect. It can also be used on dry skin areas for softening and healing.


Look out for our mid-March newsletter as we are making changes here with a new botanical perfume to stir up your senses and apothecary items.


As always, thank you for your continued presence in our community, and may the echoes of our shared stories and recipes linger in the quiet spaces of your souls.


*Consult with a healthcare professional before using essential oils if you are pregnant, nursing, or have specific health concerns



Introductory photo credits Nidia Alexander: Montepulciano, Italy on the Cellini Lavender Fields taken in 2016 one of my most memorable passages and our Sage and Lavender Room Mist, back on site end of the month.

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