HERB HUMPDAY: 10 Reasons I LOVE Lavender

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It’s Wednesday…Happy Hump Day!!! Almost through the week and a great time to talk about one of my favorite topics…HERBS! Herbs, botanicals, plants, etc…whatever you like to call them there are two things certain: they are important and powerful.

My favorite herb of all time is Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia). It is part of the mint family and possesses both cooling and drying properties. We all know it best for its aromatic quality….mmmm, how I love the smell of thee!

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Ten Reasons I Love Lavender:

1.) Stress-reliever: Mellows you out.

2.) Sedative: Helps you sleep. Create a lavender linen mist to spray on pillow before sleep.

3.) Spasmolytic: Calms cramping and muscle spasms.

4.) Anti-inflammatory: Remember those cooling properties? Well, this herb cools off inflammation making your aches no more! Helps with burns too!

5.) Carminative: That’s a fancy word for saying it soothes your tummy gripes and helps minimize gas.

6.) Antidepressant: Who doesn’t feel happier after smelling or using lavender? Ok, maybe those rare folks who are allergic or just down right murderers of joy. 😉

7.) Antimicrobial/antiviral: Next time you have a cut wound or even a cold, try using some lavender to ward off those offending micro-buggies.

8.) Mild Diuretic: That’s right, lavender helps your body release excess water, so grab a glass of fresh lavender tea the next time you feel a little “bloaty.”

9.) Nootropic: Another fancy word for saying lavender improves mental alertness and may enhance mental accuracy.

10.) PRETTY! I love the purple hue and using the leaves as food garnish or even adding to flower arrangements. The color of lavender is therapeutic in its own right.

lavender2Lavender is very versatile! You can smell it, eat it, drink it, or just simply look at it to enlist the benefits. Lavender essential oil is a permanent stable in my home due to my obsession. For more information on lavender check out here and here.

**Please consult your doctor before trying any new herbs or supplements. Anything can be harmful depending on the form and dosing.

Lessons from a Naturopath: When homemade herbal medicine backfires!!

It comes as no surprise that with “burn-out” there can be sleep issues. For me, I can be utterly exhausted by the end of the day but when I try to close my eyes and sleep my brain is still full throttle. So being the little astute naturopath that I am, I decide I will make my own sleep/relaxation tincture (click here to find out what a tincture is). Here are the results:

After 15min of taking my tincture last night…

What went WRONG was the effects didn’t wear off! I spent today feeling like this…

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Lesson I learned: Do not take a double dose of herbal extracts made from very powerful botanical sedatives & relaxants. Especially if I haven’t tested the potency of the medicine yet and have school/work the next day. It will create the effects of feeling “high” and dropping my I.Q.  by 30 points for at least 16-18hrs. Oops!!!

P.S. I’ll have the medicine making more mastered before you guys become my actual patients 🙂