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Let's Celebrate Lavender!

I just got back from "The US Lavender Conference" in Charleston, SC where all things Lavender were featured, discussed and celebrated!! This useful herb which is in the mint family is my focus this year as I travel the country. I hope to visit as many lavender farms as possible.

Lavender is much more than a relaxing scent or linen protector -- it actually can improve your overall health! It is antiseptic, cleansing, relaxing and boosts circulation. Bees also love it so growing a few plants in your yard helps them out too.

Lavender is super easy to grow just keep in mind a few things:

* Good drainage

* Full sun

* Don't overwater

* Prune in the Fall

I love a lavender bath in the evening and even better with a cup of lavender tea or lavender lemonade. Here is an easy recipe that you can make at home:

Lavender Oatmeal Bath

1 cup dried or fresh lavender flowers (buds)

2 cups whole oatmeal

1 /2 cup baking soda

Place all the ingredients inside a food processor or blender and grind until you have a coarse powder ( it will sort of look like whole grain flour). To use: Pour 1 /2 cup into your bath as you fill the tub.

Yield : 24 ounces

For more information on the US Lavender Growers Association click here. You do not have to be a lavender farmer to join. The next conference will be in 2021 -- I'll be there!

xoxo Janice

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