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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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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Crystals are a Girl’s Best Friend

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While I was growing up, I was taught that crystals were “demonic” or “satanic” because people who had them were worshiping them (and Satan).  While there truly are people out there who really do those things, this belief is simply an ignorant assumption.

As someone who is mesmerized by science and nature, I have a special place in my heart for crystals and geodes.  In fact, despite my simplified (and somewhat minimalist) lifestyle, I do not feel like I can ever have too many of them!  At first, I could not help but wonder if my crystal collection and my love for Christ would be a controversy, but now I really don’t care.

I do not worship my crystals.  Do I believe that they can heal?  Yes, I believe they do to an extent.  I cannot deny the sudden burst of bliss I feel when I hold an ocean jasper or how calm I feel with an amethyst cluster present.  But I believe that their healing properties are equivalent to the calmness you experience when smelling a flower or are in a candlelit room. Meaning, I don’t believe that they can heal someone from cancer or other diseases!

All of my crystals are very special to me and have their unique use.  I always keep an amethyst cluster and black tourmaline on my nightstand.  Their presence is very calming, soothing, and reminds me to release all negativity before I go to sleep.  While attending college, I kept a sodalite and clear quartz near me to help me focus and comprehend each lesson.  These precious gems have been a source of comfort for me in various ways.  And let’s be real here, they are absolutely beautiful to look at!!

Crystals and geodes are a part of God’s beautiful creation.  These are special gems for us to enjoy!  This is why I have no shame to say that I am a Christ-follower and I collect (and hoard) crystals.

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