Have you ever seen a Lavender plant? Furry blue leaves from every woody stem, with heart-shaped flowers on a tall and sturdy spike. Gracefully leaning with the wind. Spreading her scents. But have you ever really seen a lavender plant? The geometry will blow your mind! I would say hello when I opened and closed the curtain, and gradually I was drawn closer and closer until my face was right next to them. Well, whatta ya know, that’s some ol’ fashion geo!
I have two, started in Canada last spring and bought in VT for an outside summer in pots. They came into the house around October and sat in a SW very sunny window until 2 weeks ago. They survived the bug infestation without a trace. Now they’re out on the porch again. They are both Lavandula angustifolia (“to bathe with the narrow leaf”). The different variety names are pictured below. They will grow happily with lots of sun and lots of water! Munstead and Hidcote are on the smaller side, reaching 1 – 3 feet max. There are Lavandula varieties that can tolerant cold climates, and I have an inkling these two would do well. Mulching would be a good idea in the winter to keep their feet warm. My Mom suggests cutting back in the Spring if you’re growing it outdoors.
*recipe requests from HillaryV
The locks part refers to deadlocks, but this shampoo is also good for those of the free flow kin. “gimme a head of hair, long beautiful hair….let it fly in the breeze and get caught in the trees!” – from Hair the (best) musical (ever)
This recipe is from Rosemary Gladstar’s book Family Herbal. I have adapted it for fine, oily dreadlocks. I also like my hair to be dark, so the herbs I chose will bring in your yin. Try Chamomile and Calendula instead for your outer yang. The Sage, Rosemary and Basil reduce oily-ness and promote ‘dark’ hair growth. The Nettles and Yarrow are for strength. The Rose … well that’s just one of the aromas I love to be surrounded by. And if you’ve got REALLY dirty dreads, Lavender is antiseptic, antibacterial and insecticidal; if this is you, add it to your shampoo – Just replace the oils in the recipe with the homemade Lavender oil recipe below it!
You will need:
- 7 grams each (one quarter oz) of dried Garden Sage, Rosemary, Nettles, and Yarrow
- 3 oz liquid castile soap, I used the Doc Bron baby blue label
- 15 drops Rosemary essential oil
- 8 drops Rose essential oil
- 5 drops Basil essential oil
- 5 drops of your FAVORITE smell in oil form, I used the Morning Motivation by Oshadi (Bergamot, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang)
Here’s the Recipe:
- Make an infusion of the Sage, Rosemary, Nettles and Yarrow by boiling 8 oz of spring water, adding the herbs, and letting it steep for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Take your castile soap and mix in all of the essential oil drops.
- Strain out the herbs from the infusion and let it cool if it has not done so already.
- Slowly combine the castile/oil mixture into the infusion
- Voila! Shake the shampoo before using.
Now take a shower and get heady! I like to let it sit in my hair a while before rinsing it out, to reap the maximum benefits!
Scalp&Skin-safe Lavender Oil
This oil can be used for massage on the body and temples, as well as in the hair for a pleasant hug. Lavender is calming to the nervous system and brain, as well as the spiritual center. It reduces anxiety and let’s you go about your business efficiently without taking on too much and overworking yourself. The herb is also good for spiritual exhaustion, bringing back balance and relaxation. You can find relief from depression and insomnia with a little temple rub once a day. Or massage sore muscles to relieve spasm and pain.
I have decided to share the ‘Lovender’ Oil recipe through a video made over the past couple of days & nights – – during which the Moon had waxed to Full, and is once again waning back to the New. Appropriately, Los Lobos has written a song about such. It is “Kiko and the Lavender Moon” playing in the background of the video, which I stumbled upon coincidentally today. Enjoy!
Some of my other favorite uses for Lavender are:
- all-purpose soap
- talc-free body powder
- calming aroma mist
- bath tea
- dream pillows
- add it to smoking blends or a water pipe
- aphrodisiac (i LOVE when my boyf wears it, he makes it smell manly)
- the possibilities really are endless it seems…
- In fact, pond algae can be prevented with Lavender stalks and Barley straw
The only warnings I’ve heard so far are not to put the high-grade oil directly on your skin, like the kind in the little bottles at a health food store. You have to make sure it says that you can put it directly on your skin or else it would be too strong. And I have heard of some rumors relating to estrogen. Just thought I’d put it out there…
Please feel free to contact me with any questions!
***Please check with your family doctor before starting any sort of regimen with this herb, ESPECIALLY if you are pregnant or under 18 years old.***
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