Changes!

When we have our plans set out, The Lord usually will show us a new (and approved) thing that changes everything.

Kind of like this blog and my social media. I had started these with the intention to talk about the online crochet shop that I was going to open. However, I suddenly became so booked with special orders! I always put my customers first and make sure that their orders have my full attention. This tossed my shop’s designs to the side.

Unfortunately, I did feel lost and all over the place with my social media. This has caused me to really think about the direction I intend to go in now since I’m still booked with my special orders. And that direction is Simplicity.

Simplifying my life has changed me in so many ways. My simple life still includes my crochet and herbalism! I intend to share so much about the various ways to enjoy a simple life. I pray that you will be inspired!

Oh yeah, the online shop will open this year. The designs will be different from what I had planned. But they will be perfect for The Desert Sparrow! My website and social media will go through some changes. Expect more simplicity, turquoise, and mustard yellow!

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Lavender

Lavender (Lavandula) everything is my favorite. I’m seriously obsessed!

It has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, and antidepressant properties. Besides all of that, I love the look, scent, and taste of lavender!

Lavender tea is my go-to for a stressful moment or simply to wind down at the end of the day.

I love dried lavender to make sachets such as the one below. I keep one at my nightstand or sometimes underneath my pillow to promote peace and protection!

I started to grow some lavender on my windowsill this past April. As a “baby” herbalist, I’m starting to have doubts that I’m doing something incorrectly because this is all I have?!

Either way, I intend to work with Lavender for many years to come and in a variety of ways. For essential oil, I actually use it as a natural perfume. It’s such a beautiful and calming scent!

In what ways do you use lavender?

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Orange Love

Oranges do more than just boost our Vitamin C levels and support our immune system.

For me, personally, the scent of oranges makes me feel cheerful. That’s not such a odd concept because the scent actually does help people who are in a bad mood or even suffers from mood swings. For this reason, I enjoy drinking orange-based teas.

Add some drops of orange essential oil to your homemade all-purpose cleaner. Doesn’t the fragrance of oranges smell better than the intense vinegar?!

Orange essential oil also helps to calm you. After a rough day at work, mix orange essential oil along with lavender essential oil for a calming bedtime aromatherapy!

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Magical Mint

Mint (Mentha) is such a wonderful plant. The fragrance alone is sensational! It’s also pretty incredible that there are about 18 different species.

My mother had taught me that mint (or in Spanish, Menta) was used as an old Mexican remedy for upset stomach. She has alway maintained a mint plant for this very reason. She simply uses the leaves for an herbal tea.

Today, I personally use mint for the same reason as well. I also specifically use peppermint (Mentha Piperita) essential oil for mental alertness. I keep the bottle in my shower and inhale the scent to rid me of that early morning grogginess. In addition, I notice that the minty fragrance induces an optimistic attitude. This has inspired me to sprinkle the leaves that I prune from my plant onto my alter. This is to help promote positivity and those wilted leaves retain their minty scent!

There are many other uses for Mint. It is known to aid asthma, congestion, aches, pains, inflammation, bug bites, and to induce sweating in fever. Apparently, Mint has also been known to prevent colon, skin, and lung cancer.

Maybe you are not into gardening, but try experimenting with Mint teas or essential oils to see how it benefits you!

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