Lavender in Wellness
30 Jun, 2016
Lavender has long since been touted as an all-around cure-all for such things as insomnia, anxiety, restlessness and digestive issues. Up until around World War I, lavender was used as an antiseptic in hospitals to treat and disinfect wounds, as well as sterilize surfaces and equipment. For centuries, English farmers would place lavender flowers in their hats to prevent headaches and sunstroke, while women would place sachets of lavender in their closets for fragrance, in addition to using it in potpourri.
According to the book The New Healing Herbs, the essential oils extracted from the flowers contain more than 150 compounds. Lavender essential oil is easily and quickly absorbed into the skin, and can be detected in the blood in as little as 5 minutes.
These days, lavender is typically used for things such as depression, anxiety, mental exhaustion, insomnia, scrapes and wounds, digestive problems, headaches, skin problems, heat exposure, fevers, aches and pains, bruises, burns, scrapes and much, much more. On top of all that? Lavender is a wonderful natural insect repellent. Lavender essential oil is incredibly useful and is easily and quickly absorbed into the skin, thus ensuring rapid relief.*
To celebrate the many and amazing health benefits of lavender, Evensong Spa has launched a brand new treatment designed for the ultimate relaxation experience which will be available all year long.
Relax while you dream of lavender fields kissed by the French sun and let it envelop your senses as you drift on waves of violet. Breathe deep; inhale the calming and balancing benefits of wild lavender in this balancing and rejuvenating spa experience. To begin, earthly minerals are combined with lavender’s healing properties in an invigorating full body exfoliation. Following that is a pampering back, neck and shoulder massage with lavender oil and warm healing stones. Next, nourish and relax inside a warm cocoon while a luxurious foot and pressure point scalp massage complete this head-to-toe service. 90 minutes of bliss awaits you!
- Now, through August 31, those that enjoy this new treatment will get an exclusive Lavender Dreams Experience starter kit, which includes FuB Balm, Aromatherapy Lavender Body Spray and a Mineral Wellness Soak.
Let lavender infuse your favorite desserts and drinks with the smell of summer, with this refreshing and yummy recipe which is available all summer long at the spa!
Lavender Infused Lemonade
- Ice cubes
- 1/4 cup dried culinary lavender
- 2 cups boiling water
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 8 lemons
Place ice cubes into a 2 quart pitcher. Place the lavender into a bowl, and pour boiling water over it. Allow to steep for about 10 minutes, then strain out the lavender and discard. Mix the sugar into the hot lavender water, then pour into the pitcher with the ice.
Squeeze the juice from the lemons into the pitcher. Top off the pitcher with cold water, and stir. Taste, and adjust lemon juice or sugar if desired. Pour into tall glasses, pull up a lawn chair and a good book, and relax!
In Health and Happiness,
Evensong Spa Director
*It is recommended that women who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding avoid ingesting lavender. It may increase photosensitivity and is not recommended topically for boys as some studies have linked the use of lavender oil to gynecomastia, or breast growth.