|Lavender beds at Ham House|
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Not only does lavender smell delicious, it has many useful properties. My mother taught me about it in two ways: small sachets of the flower heads tucked into the drawers and hung on hangers to keep our clothes smelling fresh. And to keep the moths away. The other thing I learned was the drops of lavender on the pillow. At the time I didn’t understand why.
Whenever I have a cold or my sinuses are playing up a few drops of the oil on my pillow help with breathing. The fumes do a magical job of clearing the nasal passages.
If I’m having difficulty getting to sleep because my brain won’t switch off, the relaxant in the oil on the pillow is a miracle. As all writers know, when you’re in the middle of creation there are many nights when your brain is on the hamster wheel.
Got a headache? A few drops on a tissue held to the nose and/or a few drops on the temples. That reminds me – Eau de Cologne is also good on the temples.
Lavender oil is also a bug repellent and good to massage into the aches and pains.
Did you know that lavender is also good in cooking? My favourites are lavender scones. There are lots of recipes online as well as web sites explaining the healthful properties of lavender. [www.organicafacts.net]
Lucky you if you have a garden in which to grow the bushes!