A love for lavender
I never used to like lavender. In fact, I used to turn my nose up at the name. It just wasn’t my thing.
It’s a herb that has grown on me. It’s grown on me to the point that I now turn my nose up in a different way. I want to smell allll the lavender allll the time.
There are so many ways to use lavender, and I believe it is a great starter herb if you are looking to make your own little apothecary or want to dabble in herbs more. But remember, it’s always important to check with a naturopathic doctor or herbalist before using herbs medicinally.
Here are some ways I love to use lavender:
Topical Essential oil
I love essential oils and always have some around me. I keep some at work as well to use between patients or as needed for stress. My lavender is from well.ca and is the NOW brand. I take a few drops and rub them on pulse points: on the wrist, both sides of the neck and sometimes under the jaw as well. I find it very relaxing and it can change the vibe instantly. I also like using lavender essential oil as a spot treatment for pimples. If I have a stubborn pimple, I’ll cleanse and then put a small amount of lavender on it before bed with a q-tip. I have a lavender essential oil room spray that I have near my bed and use occasionally when I’m having trouble winding down from my day.
Essential oil diffuser
Diffusing essential oils is another great way to use herbs. I’ve had a Saje diffuser forever, and I love putting all sorts of different scents in there. Lavender is one of my favourites and there are a lot of Saje blends that have lavender in them. My favourite blends that contain lavender are: Unwind, Tranquility, Stress release, and Refresh. Smelling oils in the air just does something for your nervous system. I always feel relaxed when I have the diffuser on. It helps when I need to release a long day but can also help if I use it in the morning to ease myself into the day.
Tea is one of my favourite things in the world, so this will always be on the list for me. I like to make sure I have loose lavender available in case I get in the tea blending mood. I often reach for lavender at the end of the day, but sometimes even have it midday for a little break. I sometimes use it after heavy meals along with some other herbs because I find that it helps calm my digestive system as well as my nervous system (both very closely linked!). I find that lavender goes well with rose and chamomile for a calming blend, and it also goes well with other herbs such as holy basil and peppermint which are great for stress. Honestly, lavender kinda goes with everything so it does end up being in a lot of my blends even if it is in a tiny amount. I like to buy my loose herbs from Galloway’s or Quidditas (if you are in the Vancouver area).
vanilla lavender latte
I recently tried a lavender latte at La Foret, and I was so pleasantly surprised. I was worried that I wouldn’t like the mix of a floral scent and taste in a latte, but I loved it. So much so that I ran home and tried to make my own version of it. It actually turned out pretty good! Here’s what I do:
Take 1 tbsp of dried lavender flowers and put in empty tea bag or tea ball. I use the tea bags from David’s Tea.
Add about 1/4 cup of hot water. Let it steep for about 5 minutes.
Steam or froth your choice of non-dairy milk (I like a blend of vanilla oat milk and vanilla pea milk - heavier on the oat milk with only a little pea milk to sweeten, but you can choose whatever milk you like. I find that this blend works the best for the consistency and taste I like.)
Add milk to steeped lavender tea and top up with hot water if needed
Add sweetener of choice if needed. If you use the same blend as I do, you likely won’t need any sweetener as it is already quite sweet with those two milks combined.
Lavender is a great addition to a calming bath or shower. Sometimes I will just drop some essential oil right into the shower or bath while I’m preparing it to get the oils in the steam and in the air which sets a nice relaxing mood. I’ve also added in a sock of herbs into a bath in the past- yes you heard right - a sock. I add my own blend of calming herbs like lavender, rose, chamomile, etc. into the sock, tie it up and drop into a hot bath while filling the tub. You could even put the flowers directly into the bath for a more visually pleasing bath. Or you can steep a lavender tea before hand, let it cool a bit and then add the liquid into the bath. Lots of options with herbs and baths! There’s also the option of lavender infused bath salts which is super easy and fun to make as a gift for people!
We learned how to create herbal salves in naturopathic school and it’s something I loved doing. I’ve made a few since then and I find that lavender is a great addition to a salve. A healing salve is great to have on hand for minor skin injuries to help heal the skin. I even use it for pimples similarly to the essential oil. If you aren’t at the point yet where you are making different herbal products for yourself, you could look for lavender as an ingredient in your skin care. It’s a great addition to a lot of skin products including salves. I will be doing a post on herbal salves soon, so there will be more to come on this!
What are some ways you like to use lavender? What other herbs do you like to have on hand? I would love to hear from you! Comment below :)