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How to harness the healing power of lavender

Health benefits of lavender

Lavender is a plant of legend, known not only for its fabulous scent and beauty, but also for its healing properties. And for good reason. After all, have you ever held a bouquet of freshly picked lavender in your hands? If you have, you will know that the therapeutic benefits of this fragrance are nothing short of incredible - it really can literally pull you back from the earth, allowing you to experience an overwhelming sense of peace and gratitude.

It's no coincidence. The scent of lavender has also been scientifically proven to not only be excellent for calming the nervous system and reducing anxiety, but also for treating other ailments, including reducing nausea, improving sleep quality and lowering blood pressure. This is due to the unique combination of aromas in this plant , which transmit appropriate signals to our brain. Real biochemistry based on true natural wisdom. Nature once again continues to amaze us with its generosity and diversity of resources, don't you agree?

July is here - the time for lavender blossom. Have you had a chance to breathe in the intoxicating and fresh scent of lavender? Don't hesitate, because this time of year doesn't last - take the opportunity to indulge in a relaxing and enjoyable experience in nature. Treat your eyes to a fabulous nature painting while enjoying a warm and soothing aromatherapy.

5 ways to use harvested lavender

Whether you harvest lavender from your own garden or buy it from lavender gardens, it will be full of healing properties. Whether fresh or dried, lavender will continue to delight you with its fragrance for a long time to come. For example, the scent can last up to 2 years after cutting. And if you think it's starting to fade, lightly spray the plant with water and it will continue to delight you for a while.
But the scent is not the only thing that makes this plant magical. In addition to its fabulous scent, lavender has other healing and beneficial properties.
How to use cut lavender? Here are 5 practical tips:

  • Add the leaves of the plant to a refreshing foot bath. It will ease the heaviness in the feet, relieve tension and muscle pain.
  • The plant is used as a decoration in cakes and salads. Lavender is safe to eat both fresh and dried, and will add a lovely touch to your dinner plate or summer cake.
  • Crush lavender flowers and create your own perfume bag. Put two thirds lavender and one third rice in the bag. They will freshen up, for example, clean laundry. By the way, it's also a cool idea for a homemade and useful gift.
  • Dry the herb in tea. Lavender tea is excellent for relieving nausea, improving sleep and, incidentally, easing the pain caused by menstruation.
  • Create your own products - candles, scrubs, bath bombs - decorated with lavender. Lavender's gorgeousness also makes a great addition to a gift wrapped with care and love.

How to harness the healing power of lavender

Where to look for the magical beauty of lavender?

Although lavender once grew mostly in sandy and mountainous regions, its splendour is now quite common in Latvia. If you have your own garden and are a fan of this beauty, you can certainly try to grow lavender in your yard.
The shades range from white to pink and purple, so I trust you will find something you like in the wide variety. Just remember that if you decide to grow lavender yourself, it is extremely important to harvest the flowers correctly. This is usually done at the peak of flowering, when the flowers have opened and their scent is at its strongest.

But if you want to enjoy this gift of nature outside your home, there are several lavender fields right here in Latvia that delight visitors every summer. Breathe in the lavender, listen to the fabulous bumblebee songs, preserve the emotions of the moment in a photo memory or simply enjoy the peaceful atmosphere while taking a leisurely stroll or meditating.
For example, the "Lavandu Lejas" in Ikšķilė. If you are in the Riga area, you can go to "Mētras Lavanda" in Marupe, for example . "Lillas Lavender" is located in Kurzeme and Vidzeme - around Saldus and Limbaži. If you don't find a lavender field easily accessible to you here, look online - I believe you will be surprised by the variety of possibilities! And by the way, if you have your own garden, you can often buy lavender plants in lavender fields. But remember, each field host has its own conditions for visits and entrance fees. Before you go, find out what you need to consider.

If you want to enjoy the fabulous scent of lavender every day, but don't have the time or opportunity to visit the lavender fields in summer, don't worry. Take a look at our website - here you will find several body care products enriched with the pleasant scent of lavender that will delight you in both summer and winter.

Maija Rieksta-Riekstina
Vegan Fox creator and manager