Lavender- One of my favorite herbs, yet sadly one that doesn't love my hot & humid Texas summers. I do try to grow it and sometimes have a plant that will survive a few years if I'm lucky.
Most often, I turn to Lavender essential oil when Lavender is needed in my home. It has many uses and smells lovely, as well. I use Lavender essential oil to ease a headache; just a few drops on the back of the neck or rubbed into the temples will often send a headache back where it came from. It is also a great help for bug bites and other itchy, scratchy ailments. I was stung by a bee last year and immediately rubbed it with a few drops of Lavender essential oil (it's a great thing to stick in your pocket on a hike or when you are heading to the garden), the pain and swelling was gone in just a few minutes.
Lavender is also popular in the kitchen, here is a recipe for Lavender Cookies, which would be perfect with a glass of Lemonade!
Lemon-scented herbs are high on my list of Lovely Things to Grow.
Lemon thyme- such a pretty plant and makes the best cupcakes
Lemon verbena (my fav. of the lemony herbs) - great for making a cup of tea
Lemon balm - simple to grow, bees love it, smells oh so sweet
Lemon scented geranium - lovely scent, perfect for floating in a little fingerbowl of water
Lemongrass- used in cooking and tea ... makes a lovely accent plant if you like large grassy things
Lemon basil- lovely in salads or with grilled chicken I have seeds for a new to me variety, Lemondrop ... I think I'll try to make candies with it!
Plant a few lemon herbs in your garden, maybe even your own lemon garden (which I plan to do someday), you'll be glad you did! And for those of you who keep claiming to have black thumbs ... plant Lemon Balm or Lemon Basil, they are very easy to grow, really they are.
And if you'd rather cook than garden ...
These are the best Lemon Cupcakes ever!
And to mix them up together Lavender Lemon Cookies ... these sound really tasty (all except that almond flavoring, I will leave that out ... love almonds, but not almond flavoring).
And now for my last L entry LATE ... these days I'm feeling rather like a character from Alice in Wonderland ...
I'm late, I'm late ...
spring is springing
and I have too many projects on my plate!
So until next week my Alphabe-Thursday lovelies ... Later!
Oh I almost forgot ... It's not too late for you to enter my Herbal Goodness Giveaway, but do it today!
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