Old Fashioned Medicinal Lavender

His Aunt Jobiska made him drink Lavender water tinged with pink For she said, 'The world in general knows There's nothing so good for Pobble's toes!'   Edward Lear, 'The Pobble Who Has No Toes'   The old herbals constantly sang the praises of lavender for medicinal purposes. John Gerard wrote in his Herball {1597}: The distilled water … Continue reading Old Fashioned Medicinal Lavender

May 2019 Newsletter, The Oregon Lavender Association invites you to enjoy lavender all year round!

Announcements and Events   May 2019 This is an exciting month for lavender lovers and farmers!  Our plants are greening up and sending up shoots!  We will even see flowers from our featured lavenders this month, Lavandula stoechas, and maybe flowers from the early blooming L. angustifolia varieties, such as French Fields, toward the end … Continue reading May 2019 Newsletter, The Oregon Lavender Association invites you to enjoy lavender all year round!

Lavender for Body and Soul

Lavenders have everything for the modern garden as an amenity plant. They are evergreen, fast-growing, compact and fragrant. The origins of its name are probably from the Latin word Lavare indicating the plant has another use as it means to be washed and suggests it was regularly used to perfume bathing water. There are numerous … Continue reading Lavender for Body and Soul

Lavender and Aromatherapy

Lavender is one of those scents that have the power to evoke the senses.  Most notably, feelings of relaxation and well-being.  In fact, it was long believed that Cleopatra's secret weapon, in love, was Lavender. Calm and refreshing it’s not surprising the word Lavender in Latin (Lavoie) means for wash or bathe.  Because of its … Continue reading Lavender and Aromatherapy

Eleven Old-Fashioned Potpourri Mixes You Can Make {Lavender Potpouriis}

Cottage Garden Potpourri 1 cup dried lavender flowers 2 cups dried pink rose petals {preferably from extremely fragrant old Damask, Alba, Centifolia and Moss roses like 'Gloire de Guilan', 'Ispahan','Marie Louise', 'Petite Lisette', 'Quatre Saisons', 'The Rose of Kazanlik', 'Felicite Parmentier', 'Belle Amour', 'Fantin Latour', 'Old Cabbage Rose', 'Mme Louis Leveque' and 'Gloire des Mousseaux'} … Continue reading Eleven Old-Fashioned Potpourri Mixes You Can Make {Lavender Potpouriis}

Medicinal Herb: Lavender {Lavandula officinalis syn. L. angustifolia}

Also, Known As: Common Lavender Garden Lavender Lavender Spike Lavender Sweet Lavender True Lavender The shrubby herbal plant called the lavender is a common sight in the South Europe. The lavender is also cultivated and grown in many other places, especially the southern and western regions of the United States, where it is also a … Continue reading Medicinal Herb: Lavender {Lavandula officinalis syn. L. angustifolia}

Sacred Bowl Blessings: Smudging

The practice of burning herbs, resin, or incense has been used by many cultures around the world since ancestral times as part of spiritual and healing traditions to purify mind, body, and spirit. The smoke from burning sacred plants binds with the stagnant or negative energy of people, places, and objects and carries that energy … Continue reading Sacred Bowl Blessings: Smudging

Essential Oils and Menopause

Women going through menopause commonly experience a range of symptoms as their hormones shift and their fertility declines. Some medications, including hormone replacement therapy (HRT), can help.However, HRT has been linked to some forms of cancer, and many women are concerned about the safety of taking artificial hormones. Some evidence suggests that essential oils might … Continue reading Essential Oils and Menopause

Plan a Hydrosol Garden

This year, I plan on using the plants from my garden in an entirely new way by making hydrosols or “floral waters.” Hydrosols are steam distilled water-based plant essences that can be used in body care products, flavored waters, baked goods, aromatherapy sprays, and more. Rose water is the most recognizable form of hydrosol on … Continue reading Plan a Hydrosol Garden

Flowers That Heal

Garden flowers offer us more than their beautiful colors and smell; many contain healing properties that have been used for thousands of years. As we begin planning our gardens, we reflect on the relationship between the plants to which we tend and our own bodies. — Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. We often conceive of flowers … Continue reading Flowers That Heal