Boost Your Mood And Immune System With Lavender

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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.

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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!

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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
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
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. :-)
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup Almonds (finely ground)
  • ¾ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¾ cup raw cacao powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp culinary English Lavender (finely ground)
Instructions
  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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Wintery Lavender & Yummy Bread Pudding!

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In the Winter I spend lots of time indoors because, “baby it’s cold outside”!! Our lavender plants are “sleeping in”, all dormant, happily covered with a blanket of snow! I love the serene beauty and stillness of our wintery lavender farm 🙂

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I keep myself busy this time of year packing orders from our website, and taking care of our wholesale accounts. When I’m not doing that, I’m baking yummy breads & tasty treats for Lavender Joe, and my friends.  🙂  Here’s a link on our Pinterest of some of the Tasties that I’ve made through the past years:  My Tasty Creations 

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Baking has always been one of my favorite creative hobbies, and I grew up with a Mother that loved baking breads, and other pastries. When I’m baking, all my creative energy and thoughts are focused on the process, which helps me de-stress!! Baking is an amazing healing aromatherapy, especially when cooking with lavender!! As the lovely lavender aroma fills my busy kitchen, a calming peace surrounds me… just Breathe!  When I’ve completed what I made, the true joy comes as I share my tasty treat with another!

Today I made a delightfully delicious Lavender Cream Cheese and Jam Bread Pudding!! It’s now my favorite bread pudding! I used our Organic Signature Blend, English Lavender. It lends a lovely delicate floral note to sweet desserts, and bread.

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I begin with these pantry staples. Homemade Sourdough Bread and Organic English Lavender. Only the best raw and wholesome ingredients!  Lavender bouquet in my kitchen for cooking with lavenderSlice your day old bread to fit into your baking dish, in two layers, then remove it and begin spreading on softened cream cheese. Lavender Cream Cheese Jam Bread Pudding 3Spread jam on each slice, in two layers. I’ve used a wonderful sweet, tart Jam that my dear husband made me, Plum Black Current Jam. It’s so yummy, sweet & tart! Lavender Cream Cheese Jam Bread Pudding 4Lavender Cream Cheese Jam Bread Pudding2

Whisk  together the custard ingredients: I added 1 tsp. English Lavender “whole buds”, into my mixture.  If you’d like, you could grind the lavender “finely” with a little sugar in your spice grinder, for a more delicate texture. Then gently pour it over your bread, and allow to sit 30 minutes.
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Place your dish of bread pudding into a larger roasting pan, and carefully fill the pan halfway with boiling water. Then it goes into your preheated oven to bake 55 minutes, or more, until custard is set.

While it’s baking, prepare this awesome, lavender bourbon whiskey sauce or whipping topping. I just tossed in 1 tsp. culinary lavender, however you could grind it more finely if you choose. One of my favorite motto’s is: “Keep it Simple and Keep it Tasty”!!

LAVENDER Cream Cheese and J BP3Prepare to indulge on a taste of Heaven!! This Bread Pudding may just be the “quintessential comfort food”!! It’s my favorite, hands down & thumbs up!!

It would be a delightfully delish dessert for Valentines Day with it’s lovely red color from the Jam! BTW, it’s also a Breakfast Food, served with Greek Yogurt! Yummy!

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Lavender Cream Cheese and Jam Bread Pudding
Author: 
Recipe type: American
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 8
 
This Bread Pudding may just be the quintessential comfort food! It has a delightful tart flavor from the sourdough bread and Plum Black Currant Jam, and sweet delicate floral note from the culinary lavender. The rich, sweet sauce sets off the tartness of the fruit.. simply a taste of heaven!! Served warm with Lavender Bourbon Whiskey sauce, or whipped topping; or cold for breakfast, with a dollop of plain greek yogurt!
Ingredients
  • 8 slices white bread ¼' thick (left to dry out on a rack 4 hours or overnight)
  • *I used my homemade Sourdough Bread
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 4 oz. softened cream cheese
  • ⅓ cup good quality raspberry jam (I used Plum Black Current Jam my husband made)
  • 2½ cups milk (I used Almond Milk)
  • 1 tsp. culinary English lavender "Signature Blend"
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup organic sugar
  • pinch salt
  • *Lavender Bourbon Whiskey Sauce
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground English culinary lavender, (Hood River Lavender, Signature Blend)
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup butter, room temp.
  • 3 Tablespoons Bourbon Whiskey or to your taste (Yukon Jack works also)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325'
  2. Fit the bread into an 8" square pan in two layers, trimming where needed. Remove the bread from the pan, and butter pan bottom and sides. Spread cream cheese, then jam evenly over all the bread slices. (If this seems a little messy, it is)
  3. Put one layer of bread in the bottom of the pan, cream cheese and jam side up. Then put the second layer of bread on top of the first, also with cream cheese and jam up.
  4. Whisk together the milk, lavender, vanilla, and eggs. Add sugar and salt, whisk to dissolve the sugar. Pour over the bread in the pan and push the slices down into the milk mixture to be sure they are soaked. (cover & allow custard to soak into bread for 30 minutes)
  5. Put this pan into a larger one, and fill the larger pan halfway with hot water. (I suggest that you do this by the stove to avoid spills) Carefully place into the oven, and Bake for about 55 minutes, or until a knife placed in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 1 hour, if you can wait that long! ;-) *Serve with Lavender Bourbon Whiskey Sauce. Taste like heaven on earth, Goodness!
  6. *Instructions for Lavender Bourbon Whiskey Sauce:
  7. Finely grind the culinary lavender, by placing ¼ cup sugar & 1 tsp lavender in a spice grinder or coffee grinder.(I tossed my culinary lavender into the pan whole) In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, lavender and egg, stir until well blended. Add butter, stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in whiskey. Pour it on, freely, and enjoy a taste of heaven! (Cream Cheese Bread Pudding author:unknown, Bourbon Whiskey Sauce: Linda Stradley, I'll Have What They're Having)

Happy Winter and cooking with Lavender!!

XO Lavender Lady

Enjoy More Calming Peace In The New Year – 2016!

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Here are a few of our most joyful, calm, moments at our surreal lavender farm! We hope you will sit back and enjoy them as you Smile along with us! 🙂 We had an amazing year, and are looking forward to making more delightful, enchanting memories this coming year – 2016!! Cheers!! Music by Richard Tillinghast & Onehum

May this be the Best year ever filled with much love, calming peace, and relaxing times for you! Get outdoors, and find healing beauty, as you look into the face of a flower! 🙂

Best lavender daze pic 2 bob kochBest Tiffany in WildflowersIMG_2567[1]IMG_3367Cheers to a beautiful New Year 2016!!

Much Love, Lavender Lady