Today is Earth Day, a fantastic and wonderful holiday that goes hand-in-hand with springtime. Here at Heritage Lavender we have some saplings that we received for donating to the Arbor Day Foundation. Did you know that one tree generates enough oxygen for two people? We’re very excited to find new homes for our twelve new trees!
We have also freshly broken the ground for our second patch of lavender. This, coupled with the Greenhouse that we have laid the foundation for, will make for quite the busy summer. Our number of lavender plants will roughly double with this new patch. We have seeded some grass between the two fields for a nice place to enjoy some lavender tea and fragrances right off the plant.
Our existing lavender has started to wake up out of its winter dormancy, with new growth already coming in. Soon our lavender fields will have a nice blueish-purple hue to them as the lavender begins to flower. We can accommodate any visitors if you would like to see them in bloom!
And lastly, here is a fantastic fact-sheet from the CSU Extension about growing Lavender in Colorado: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07245.html
A little chaos and stress in life is inevitable but during the month of December it seems to skyrocket! According to the Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood “Stress occurs when the natural equilibrium of the body and mind is upset, often as a result of …..excessive demands made on an individual’s mental and physical resources” Studies have proven that prolonged stress weakens the body’s immune system as well. Perhaps that accounts for the increase in cold and flu occurrences during the months of December and January.
With the calming attributes lavender offers, perhaps it’s time to add a little lavender to our holidays and tone down the stress. Here are a few suggestions to help you do just that. When you are out and about shopping, carry a small sachet of lavender or a spritzer of lavender hydrosol in your pocket, purse or car. Give it a squeeze or spray when you feel tension trying to take hold. If you have a vial of lavender essential oil take a gentle wiff or rub some on your temples to calm your senses. Lavender is well-known as a calming herb and offers a powerful effect on the olfactory system.
After the running about is done, reward yourself for finishing your “to-do list” with this suggestion is from “Natural Cures, Not Medicine” instagram by Tawanda ShakaDread MaKombe. It sounds so inviting and relaxing!
- ….”sit in a hot bath that contains a handful of Epsom salt or sea salt, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and a half cup of baking soda. This combo draws out toxins, lowers stress related hormones and balances your pH level.”
Ahhhh I’m heading to the bath tub right now with some lavender bath salts, after I grab a candle and a nice glass of wine. Holiday stress….what holiday stress? I have lavender……….
~PS~ The handmade Relaxing Lavender Bath Salts pictured above are available from Heritage Lavender, send your request or order via email or phone. Watch for our upcoming announcement, we will soon be offering some of our products for sale online via Etsy!
On this cold cloudy morning of 36 degrees I found comfort in the photo above that Alan sent us while we were away at the US Lavender growers conference. As pictures often do, they take you back to a memory, a captured moment of time, an emotion. This picture is reflective of a recent revelation I had.
While attending 2 recent conferences we met many wonderful people with the shared passion for growing lavender. We received information and encouragement from large lavender farmers (with thousands of plants) and small growers alike. Looking at pictures and watching videos of acres of lavender made my heart yearn to walk among the colossal lavender fields as the owner and farmer of one of them.
Then, at the perfect time this picture evoked a new emotion, not one of envy, but of comfort and contentment. “Home Sweet Home” and my lavender, a little purple patch of happiness. Each tiny plant put in the ground loving with my own hands, daily nurturing and enjoying a connection to the earth. The amount of plants or acres is not what matters most, it is one’s humble contentment that matters. Mary Engelbreit said it best – “Bloom where you’re planted.”
~Contentment and tranquillity, that is what life is truly about!~