or Lavender's origin is in the high mountains of Persia and southern France. It is a very hardy plant which can grow on rocky barren soil where few plants can survive and tolerates drastic temperature swings. In Haute Provence, there is a tradition of locals trekking up the mountains during late Summer to harvest the plant during the heat of the day, which is when the essential oil is at it's highest content. The lavender used in most essential oils today is cross of the wild French plant & a Spanish variety and is distilled through steam. This plant is described as having a light floral smell.
Lavender is considered one of the most versatile essential oils because of it's vast application and amazing qualities. We also have lavender in the house for it's ability to calm and stimulate & regenerate the nervous system. Part of anti-anxiety regiment is to diffuse lavender in the afternoon and rub the bottoms of my feet with a few drops at night. My son has sensory issues and we use diluted lavender on his back several times a day to help him calm....I literally don't leave the house without it! In addition to Lavender's calming & soothing qualities it is also a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, sedative and detoxifier. For the Mind & Spirit Lavender helps to cleanse, balance, streghten, stimulate, calm and refresh!
here are some of the ways my family has incorporated Lavender into our lives...
this information is from my personal experiences and my references The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood and the Complete Aromatherapy Handbook Essential Oils for Radiant Health by Suzanne Fischer-Rizzi.
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This recipe was inspired by a little trail cookbook I found at the Denver Public Library annual sale...
Here is the basic recipe
Sesame Energy Bars
These bars are great energy snacks. Freeze them if you will be taking them hiking and the weather is warm.
Below are my article contributions and podcasts...
MoveOnPast podcast, episode 8
~honoring space to hear my inner knowing
~enhancing our awareness
~the benefits of a flow & restore practice
~we need to stay curious as yoga teachers
~small moments of stillness to carry me through the day
~elephant journal contributions...
~how my flow & restore practice has helped me relinquish old stories
~cultivating intentional rest through restorative yoga