Mother Nature is one smart cookie.
She has given us natural remedies for anxiety, stress and other ailments but instead we choose to try and manufacture something that we think will be better. Something that is usually full of chemicals and ends up causing environmental problems or making us sick.
Enter the healing herb of lavender, which is a beautiful and hardy perennial.
I discovered the healing benefits of lavender a little over a year ago and can't say enough about it. Smelling lavender immediately calms me. While on vacation recently in Bethany Beach, DE, I went to the local farmer's market, as I usually do, in search of a lavender vender who was there last year as well as farm fresh tomatoes and corn on the cob.
As I entered the parking lot full of shoppers and tents and tables, I immediately spied a table full of natural products from Lavender Fields, a 5-acre lavender farm in Delaware (www.lavenderfieldsde.com). I haven't visited the farm in Milton, Delaware but would love to do so. Lavender Fields is a farm and a cottage store where 37 varieties of lavender are grown that is open from May to November. One day I intend to check it out.
|Lavender Fields located in Milton, Delaware|
I loved smelling many of the wonderful lavender products and ended up buying three types of hand made lavender soaps and a small glass vial of lavender oil which I sometimes put on my temples, my wrists and behind my ears to relieve tension or stress.
Studies show, and I have found out for myself, that the scent of lavender lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, putting you in a relaxed state. Here are a few other ideas for taking advantage of lavender's healing and health properties:
--use a few drops of lavender oil into your bath water to soak and relax;
--use on burns and bites to relieve itch and pain;
--apply to skin to repel mosquitoes and other insects;
--sprinkle a few drops on a cotton ball by your pillow to help you sleep.
Lavender has been with us since Biblical times yet even today, in our fast-paced world, Mother Nature continues to take care us with the most natural and organic healers.