Health Benefits of Lavender

Lavender is an aromatic evergreen shrub of the mint family. Its history dates back 2,500 years and was first found in the Mediterranean, Middle East and India. Lavender was primarily used for its scent. Clothes were washed in lavender and laid to dry on it. It wasn’t long after that people discovered the healing properties lavender possessed. It has been used to fight insomnia and back aches. Today, lavender is a very popular essential oil with a variety of uses.

Medicinal Uses:
Restoring Hair Loss- Lavender has been found to actually stimulate hair growth. According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Data Base (NMCD) they found that lavender can enhance the recovery rate of hair growth in as little as 7 months.
Antiseptic and Anti-inflammatory Properties- Lavender can be used to heal minor bug bites and burns.
Anti- Anxiety and Stress Reducer- The most commonly known use of lavender would be to ease stress and anxiety. You can put a dab on your wrists, neck or even under your nose to receive instant relief.
Cooking With Lavender:
In many dishes Lavender can used in place of rosemary. It can also be used to enhance the flavor in scones, biscuits and other desserts. It can especially be added as a garnish to a finished meal. Next time your feeling creative in the kitchen try a recipe with lavender.
Here is an easy recipe for a sweet treat with lavender. We tried these in the office and they were AMAZING!

Ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour1/4 tsp. salt1/3 cup granulated sugar1 1/2 tsp. culinary lavender1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest1/2 cup unsalted butter softened1/2 tsp. vanilla extractpure cane sugar for sprinkling
Instructions
In a small bowl, sift together flour and salt. Set aside.Place 1 Tbsp. of the granulated sugar, lavender, and lemon zest in a mortar and grind lightly with the pestle.Place lavender mixture in large bowl with remaining sugar and butter. Cream together until smooth. Add vanilla. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture until it forms a dough. Shape into a disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into shapes (I used a 1 3/4 inch cutter) and place on prepared sheet. Sprinkle with some pure cane sugar, then place in the freezer for 15 minutes.Preheat oven to 325 degrees.Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned around the edges. Cool on sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack. Can be store in an airtight container for 5 days.
Ask us how we can incorporate lavender in to your appointment to enhance relaxation. Don’t forget to grab a sprig from the Community Garden on your way out!
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