When I spend extended days indoors during our cold winter months, I tend to get cabin fever and “moody”, Oh No, not that!! Lavender is one of the most popular plants known for it’s medicinal and therapeutic properties having a beneficial effect on the nervous system, our nervine, soothing the nerves, balancing, and calming our emotional state.  So like Mama says, “Get To The Lavender” in any way you can to receive it’s healing, calming, soothing, balancing and relaxing benefits!

Let’s consider the antiseptic/expectorant properties of lavender that assist in “Breathing”, and boosting the immune system. To receive the healing properties of Lavender, clearing the sinus, helping fight off colds, throat infections, coughs and sinusitis, one could used Lavender Essential Oil ‘neat’ on your skin or blended with a carrier oil, as our Massage Oil is.  When lavender essential oil is applied on pulse points it’s healing chemistry goes directly into the blood stream. Awe…breathe in that calm!! Another one of my favorite ways to lift my mood and clear any sinus conditions, is brewing a tea using dried culinary lavender, Signature Blend, and Provence. Either of these culinary lavender are delightful in a tea, but Provence is know for it’s high Camphor chemistry, so I’ll often choose it in a cup of hot water and honey,  or blended with other herbs and fruit. I drink tea several times a day, so another soothing favorite tea blend is, 1/2 tsp culinary lavender, 1-2 slices of ginger, squeeze of lemon, 1/2 tsp honey or more to taste. In the photo below, I took my soothing lavender ginger, lemon tea with me on a snowy winter walk!  It warms me inside and helped bring a Smile, as I enjoyed the winter beauty and fresh air!

Lavender Chai Mate tea on my Snow Walk At other times I’ll pick one of our blended teas, and here I’m enjoying our Lavender & Mint Tea. I encourage you to get close to this beautiful healing herb Lavender, and enjoy it’s calming, healing benefits.

lavender mint tea so soothing

Winter continues here in Oregon for a couple more months, so I lift my warming soothing cuppa lavender tea, gaze out my kitchen window and see what looks like “sparkling whipped topping” on everything! It’s extremely beautiful!! I love wintertime when everything’s covered in white, such surreal beauty! When I’ve got cabin fever, another one of the best pick me ups, is getting outdoors for an invigorating snow walk.  My sweet girls, Sadie (chocolate lab) and Ella (yellow lab-puppy),  love to go on Snow Walks with me!

Ella and Sadie 1 10 2016 Besties Forever LoveElla If only I could move this snowball kick kick

Ella loves doing her Snow Yogo!! LOL  She’s a sweet mess, and bundle of energy!!

Ella loves snow play january 2016 Ella loves you 8 snow play january 2016The fresh air and sunshine on my face always bring a Smile, and so does playing with my sweet girl Ella! Awe….my little Snow Angel 🙂

Raw Chocolate Pudding with lavender2Today I’m making a decadent gourmet raw Lavender Chocolate Pudding with these staples in my kitchen. This is the Best Ever healthy take on a comfort food favorite that’s light, refreshing, and yes, even good for you! A perfectly luscious Valentines Day treat.
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Raw Lavender Chocolate Pudding
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Author: Diane Orcutt, aka The Lavender Lady
Prep time: 30 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 4 servings
Who doesn’t love pudding!! This chocolate pudding is decadent, extremely delicious, rich and creamy, with a light hint of lavender and cinnamon. A combination that’s perfectly delightful and heavenly!! And it’s also a “Healthy” nutrient rich good-for-you treat that can be eaten anytime of the day. It would be a wonderful Valentines Day dessert to enjoy with your favorite bestie. 🙂
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup Almonds (finely ground)
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp culinary English Lavender (finely ground)
  1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Cool in refrigerator for at least one hour. Garnish with any fresh or frozen fruit (I used blackberries, frozen from the summer & fresh strawberries) and whipped cream. You could also add cacao nibs & a pinch of Sel Gris sea salt on top, if you like 🙂 Enjoy!! Perfect for Valentines Day!!

Children will enjoy this tasty treat on Valentines Day as well!

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Enjoy your winter in a happy way with more Lavender!

XOXO Lavender Lady

FYI: Here are a few other therapeutic qualities of lavender: analgesic (relieving pain), anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, cicatrisant (healing of cuts, wounds), deodorant, diuretic, expectorant, hypotensive, nervine (soothing the nerves) and sedative.

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