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May Herb of the Month
Herb of the Month Lavender
Lavendula officinalis,
L. angustifolia, L. vera family:Lamiaceae

Parts used: flowers

Preparation: tea, tincture, essential oil, topically in salves, bath soaks & aromatically in bundles
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Medicinal actions: relaxing nervine, antispasmodic, carminative, antidepressant.

Indication: Lavender is a powerful relaxing herb with much of its medicine carried in its aromatic oils. Lavender is useful for anxiety and fatigue. It can help bring on sleep, relax digestive tension in the belly (carminative), relax the mind and body from stress-induced tension (antispasmodic), and ease menstrual cramps. Lavender is known as a mood-lifting herb that an help with depression. Simpy inhaling the scent can be calming & soothing on the nerves & psyche. It has been used for centuries in baths, food and in dried aromatic bundles.
Lavender has an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic quality when applied topically, as a tincture, tea or essential oil, and is especially useful as an essential oil topically on burns or infection, being gentle enough to use a drop or two for children or during pregnancy.

Contraindications: none known.
note: This information is not a replacement for a trained herbalist. Please consult your medical professional


Mothers Day is around the corner,  We have chosen Lavender as our herb of the month since so many mothers are such a comfort to each of their children.
Lavender is soothing and a good herb to quiet anxiety, stress and help with sleep.  It can also be used to make clothing drawers smell wonderful, as well as a little lavender oil induced into your diffuses to calm your home.

We have several new items to bring to you,
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Wishing all Mothers Young and Old, a very
Blessed and Happy Mothers Day

Until next month,
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Lavender: The Little Purple Flower with Power

Turns out there's good reason (many good reasons) why lavender is a crunchy mama's right hand helper in the home.

Originating from southern Europe and parts of Africa, Asia, and India, many ancient and medieval cultures relied on the herb not just for its signature scent but also its pain relieving and sedative properties.
Thanks to its linalool and linalyl acetate components (which are present even when diffusing), lavender has protective effects shown to:

  • Stabilize mood
  • Improve sleep
  • Soothe nerves
  • Work as an expectorant
  • Balance blood sugar
  • Kill bacteria
  • Relieve pain
  • Speed wound healing
  • Proven Benefits of Lavender
  • Lavender for Better Sleep

There's a reason lavender is used in so many of my DIY creations, such as Sleepytime Foot Spray, and Relaxing Pillow Spray. It is well known for its ability to relax the mind and improve quality of sleep. In one 2006 study, sleep-deprived college students inhaled either lavender or a placebo. Those who used lavender slept more soundly and felt more refreshed upon waking up.

More study is needed to determine whether it is safe to use during breastfeeding (it's generally not recommended at this time).

Lavender for Anxiety and Depression
On a similar note, many studies show interesting applications for lavender for memory, mood, and overall cognitive function. Just the odor of lavender seemed to help various test groups stay relaxed and focused when asked to do various stressful tasks, or improved their ability to recover feelings of wellbeing after exposure to stress.

Lavender for Skin Care
Due to its anti-inflammatory effects and ability to scavenge free radicals, lavender has a place in skin care. As is so common in the health world, controversy surrounds the subject of whether it is a skin irritant or a skin protectant, but this article by Robert Tisserand explains the reasons why its benefits outweigh any risks. (Risks are slight, in his informed opinion).

Lavender for First Aid and Wound Healing
Studies (and much anecdotal experience) show that lavender reduces pain and itching from bug bites, bee stings, and even burns. In fact one 2011 study examined the benefits of lavender in healing episiotomies and another 2013 study showed lavender aromatherapy relieved pain after c-section.

Lavender for Hair Growth
A 2016 study on mice showed lavender is an effective proponent of hair growth and significantly increased the number and health of hair follicles when applied in proper dilution daily for a period of 4 weeks. The properties make it great for healthy, shiny hair in general.

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Lavender Truffles
Lavender Truffles
Prep: 25 m: Cook 15 m Ready In 4 h

Recipe by: Mike Skiffington "These truffles are a slice of heaven. The lavender's flavor is earthy but really pops in the chocolate. The chocolate is so silky smooth and is like eating a cloud. Use up to 1/2 cup of cream for a softer lavender filling


  • 12 fresh lavender flower heads
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
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Place the flower heads and cream into a small microwave safe glass bowl. Cook in the microwave on High until hot to the touch, 20 to 30 seconds. Once hot, stir the flowers with a spoon, and set aside to steep 5 minutes. Return to the microwave, and cook 10 to 20 seconds to reheat. Stir again, and set aside to steep 5 minutes more. Repeat the heating-stirring-steeping process two more times until the cream is strongly flavored with lavender.
  1. Combine the bittersweet chocolate with the semisweet chocolate in a microwave safe glass bowl.
  2. Divide the chocolate into equal portions, and set one portion aside.
  3. Cook the remaining chocolate in the microwave on High in 20 to 30 second increments until melted, stirring between each heating.
  4. Using a fine-mesh strainer, strain the cream into the melted chocolate; discard the flower heads and bits of lavender.
  5. Stir the cream and chocolate together until smooth. Chill in the refrigerator until somewhat firm, but not hard, about 1 hour.
  6. After the lavender chocolate mixture has chilled, place the remaining chocolate and butter into a microwave safe glass bowl.
  7. Cook in the microwave on High in 20 to 30 second increments until just melted, stirring between each heating; set aside.
  8. Line a baking sheet with a piece of waxed paper. Roll the lavender mixture into 1 tablespoon-sized balls, and dip into the melted chocolate mixture using a skewer or toothpick.
  9. Place onto the prepared baking sheet, and chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours to harden.

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Last month, wellness experts and thought leaders gathered to attend mbg's fifth annual revitalize for a weekend of forward-thinking talks, movement, and conversation on the biggest issues we're facing today and how wellness can play a part in the solutions. Below, we caught up with Miki Ash, who led a guided mindfulness meditation during the weekend with our partner Garden of Life.

For anyone who's given meditation a try and called it quits after the first or second go, we get it. Our brains can focus, they can wander, but ask them to switch off while we sit in silence for a minute or longer, and they'll probably put up a fight.

Simply put, the practice of meditation takes just that*practice. Studies have shown that sticking with it brings major benefits: Meditating regularly can help lower blood pressure and slow the effects of normal aging on the brain, as well as help reduce stress, anxiety, and negative emotions. So reaching a state of mindfulness is less about a destination and more about an approach.

All that sounds great, but what if sitting still has the opposite effect, making you feel anxious, distracted, or bored? There are ways to make meditating easier, like apps with guided meditations, for instance. Sans a subscription service and the aid of technology, essentials oils are an effective way to help calm your mind and refocus your energy for a totally next-level meditation experience.

Essential oils are aromatic extracts from parts of flowers, fruits, and plants that have powerful therapeutic properties when we smell them, thanks to our olfactory system's direct link to the emotional part of our brain. A single drop rubbed on your skin or diffused into the air is enough to promote calm, boost mood, or relieve stress, making them a great addition to any self-care ritual.


At revitalize 2018, LA yogi Miki Ash used three essential oils from Garden of Life-one of the only brands that offers oils that are 100 percent pure, Certified USDA Organic, and Non-GMO Project Verified-to facilitate a relaxing, sensory meditation. "Essential oils tie in the physicality with the energetic experience," she says.

1. Lavender: Ash diffused this floral scent at the beginning of the meditation to help get everyone into a relaxed state. The gentle but powerful scent has soothing properties that promote a sense of calm.

2. Lemon: For the mindfulness portion of the meditation, this fresh citrusie scent helps promote clarity and focus. 'It's great for memory recall,' says Ash. 'Some people feel like they tune out or fall asleep while meditating, so the scent keeps you present.'

3. Peppermint: At the end of the meditation, everyone took a whiff of this invigorating scent to re-energize them and help them refocus for the rest of the day. Peppermint can give you a cooling, refreshed feeling that helps awaken your body and mind after meditating.

To use essential oils in your own meditation practice, Ash has a few tips-no diffuser needed: 'I like to put a couple of drops in my palms, rub my hands together, and take a deep breath in,' she says. 'I also love putting lavender on my temples or peppermint on the back of my neck for a little wake-up.'

No matter what your commitment level is like, try adding an essential oil to your practice to see how it can help enhance your experience. Don't be surprised if you find yourself coming back for seconds

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