Temperatures are definitely starting to cool down here. The rain that was missed has now being gratefully welcomed. Fall rain is some of the best rain in my opinion, and when we’ve gone nearly an entire spring and summer without any rain, it’s even that much sweeter.
The past few days have been spent getting the house reorganized. After being gone most of October and with birthday parties all throughout the month my house was in all sorts of disarray. Although, every day it looks as though it’s never been cleaned (even though I clean it religiously), because Miss R loves to throw her toys everywhere throughout the house. Stepping on toys never gets old. 😉
I made an old favorite the past couple of mornings, my Lavender Blueberry Smoothie. Even though the mornings have been in the mid 30s, there’s still something great about this refreshing smoothie. This smoothie has now become my new favorite…or at least for the next couple of days it will be 😉
It is so refreshing. I love lavender so I may have a biased opinion, but there’s something about the flavor of lavender and blueberries that leaves a refreshing taste in your mouth. I have lavender growing in my edible balcony garden, and it won’t be long before it’s too cold for it to be outside, so I wanted to make use of it. Lavender ice cream is amazing, so a while back I thought it has to be just as great in a smoothie. I was going through old recipes revamping the pictures and updating them, and stumbled across this old favorite. Now I am determined to make my own lavender ice cream. R has even enjoyed lavender. I have been putting it in with her fruits.
The lavender isn’t overpowering, but yet you can still taste a hint of it. Lavender has many healing powers as well. It’s not just great for relaxing us and easing sore muscles or for bubble baths or for scenting the house. Lavender can be used for acne and blemishs, for healing scars and other skin conditions. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is also great mixed with jojoba oil or almond oil and tangerine oil to help prevent stretch marks or heal stretch marks. I used it all throughout pregnancy and didn’t get a single stretch mark.
Taken internally lavender can help promote relaxation, relieving stress and anxiety, and can help ease indigestion and nervous stomach upset. It can also help with migraines, colic, and loss of appetite. I think it’s definitely worth adding to your diet, and this smoothie is one simple way to start.
- ¾ c almond milk
- ½ c blueberries
- ½ frozen banana
- ½ tsp lavender leaves (I have a lavender plant so I made it with fresh leaves)
- 1 handful of greens (optional)
- 1 Tbs ground flaxseed
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy.
Have a great weekend folks!! It’s Halloween already. We aren’t big in celebrating Halloween in our family, but R is dressing up. She’ll be a strawberry, an organic one of course 😉 We plan to do a little trick-or-treating with the cousins, but it’s supposed to be rainy and cold. I have a our regional cross country meet and my little sister will be in town running the WCC championships. It will be a busy Saturday for us, but such is life.
Until Next Time Be Whole and Be Fit
What ways do you use lavender? Any plans for Halloween?