Lavender

Lavender ~ Healing Herbs

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Don't get me started on this herb.

We love it, we have huge bushes where we live and in the spring the air is just full of a scent that is so wonderful, so relaxing, it's just hard to describe.

If you're not familiar, here's a description of the herb;

The use of herbal remedies, including this herb, classified as Lavandula angustifolia, are popular as an alternative to standard Western allopathic medicine for a variety of problems, including depression, relaxation as well as headaches.

Lavandula angustifolia is an effective remedy for various ailments, and this natural holistic approach to health is becoming more and more popular, but should NOT replace conventional medicine or prescription drugs.

Lavender is used for the following;

The benefits:

* relaxation

• de-stressing

• easing depression

• calms the nerves

• headaches

• getting to sleep

• reducing bloating

• gas

• stimulated blood flow

• fighting depression

It also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Crush a handful of the heads and add to a bowl of boiling water to use as a steam bath for your face.

You can dab the oil from the flowers on blemishes as well.

Which part to use for lavender herbal tea;

The flowers are used for making the brew.

Making Herbal Tea;

The standard way to make an infusion, unless otherwise specified, is to pour a cup of boiling water over the material to be infused, let it stand for 5 minutes, strain it, and drink it.

* Fresh plant material

* When the recipe refers to fresh plant material to be used, a 1/4 c. fresh material is used, following the method above.

* Dried material

* When the recipe refers to using dried material, use 2 teaspoons of material when making it.

* Bark or seeds

* Should the recipe call for bark or seeds to be used, use 2 tsp. of seeds or 1 tablespoon of bark.

* Sweetening your infusion

* You could sweeten your health drink with honey, should you so require, and a dash of fresh lemon juice may also enhance the taste.

Growing it: This sun-loving plant needs good drainage.

Use a small pot filled with gravel and a light soil.

General warning when using herbal infusions;

• Only use the herbal material if you are 100% sure that it really the herb in question.

• If you are ill or have any health concerns, consult your health practitioner.

• Do not continuously drink the same infusion. At maximum use for 10 days and then skip 5 days.

• Only have one cup of herbal infusion per day, except during acute periods, such as when you have a cold or flu, you can then have it three times a day, but for a maximum of 4 days.

• When you use herbal remedies, be aware that they can be extremely powerful, and should you have any side effects when taking these infusions, immediately stop using the herb and consult your health practitioner right away.

The following is a scrumptious treat that friends and family will love!

Lavender Cookies with Rose Water Frosting

Our lavender cookies recipe infuses rose water to bring a wonderful flavor and aroma to the table.

Rose water is often made from distilled water with the essential oil of rose added, although it can also be made by infusing rose petals in simmering water for 15 minutes or so.

This difference in techniques explains why rose water varies so much.

You can also purchase rose water.

Look for one that is natural, free of synthetics and chemicals; try a few and see what you like best.

Ingredients:

• 2 eggs

• 1/2 c. margarine

• 1 c. sugar

• 1 tsp. lavender leaves

• 1 1/2 c. flour

• 2 tsp. baking powder

• Confectioner's sugar

• Rose water

Preparation;

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Put eggs, margarine, sugar and lavender (in that order) into a blender and run on low until well-mixed.

Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl.

Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until well blended.

2. Drop dough by the teaspoonful at a time onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake lightly until browned.

Place cookies on racks to cool.

3. To make the frosting, blend enough rose water into the confectioner's sugar to make a smooth frosting.

4. Ice the cookies and let sit until frosting is firm.

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