Lavender is antiseptic, aromatic, and astringent, and eases flare-ups caused by eczema and psoriasis. The word Lavender is from the Greek word Lavare, which means ‘to wash’, indicating its use in skin and topical treatments for thousands of years.
Harvesting Lavender is an easy process, ongoing throughout the summer months. Start now and you’ll have plenty of Lavender when we start making skin care treatments later this summer.
Cut the lavender in the late morning if possible. Rinse it and hang to dry. Harvest before noon, after the dew has evaporated, but before the heat of the day. Cut the stems low in the plant, bundle and tie them. Hang them blossom-side down in a cool dry place with the flower heads over a bowl or container.
Each time you walk by, gently shake the lavender, which will give up the blossom seeds as it dries out. I learned this harvesting process from my brilliant friend who also taught me to love the sound of each seed hitting the bowl. Beautiful and therapeutic.
Keep the blossom seeds in a glass sealed jar in a dark place to use for everything from baking to bathing, and of course, skin care formulas!
Long live Lavendula!
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