Lavender, Cherry Pudding and Online Community… 02/13/2008 | by Susan Powter Filed under: | Love, yes
Two very loving things you can do for yourself
Lavender, always and,
All the senses activated this Valentine’s Day.
And Ziners, check out the new online community
Lavender Air Freshener
Combine 2 tbsp vodka, 1/2 tsp Lavender Oil with 3 cups distilled water. Shake well. Put in mister for a relaxing air freshener. It can also be misted on clean sheets for a restful sleep.
(Vodka makes the essential oil blend into the water.)
Benefits of Lavender
Indications: Carminative, relieves muscle spasms, antidepressant, antiseptic and antibacterial, stimulates blood flow.
Properties: Lavender is native to the Mediterranean region and is cultivated in France, Spain and elsewhere. It has been used for aromatic purposes by the Romans in washing water and baths. This herb has uses in culinary, cosmetics and medicine. It is effective to cure headaches, especially when related to stress or to clear depression associated with weakness. Externally, Lavender Oil has been used as a stimulating liniment to help ease aches and pains of rheumatism.
What you Need
– Glass jars with tight fitting lids
– Oil – The best and most reasonable oil is Grapeseed Oil (or Safflower or Canola). Depending on the size of the jars, you need enough oil to fill each bottle.
(Use any oil but Olive, peanut, corn oils – they are too heavy. And make sure you don’t get an oil that is scented like Almond or Apricot.)
– Lavender Oil – Get from a Whole Foods or any health food chain – you want aromatherapy oil, not cheap imitation, or any bottle that isn’t 100% Lavender Oil.
– Fill each jar with the Grapeseed Oil
– Using a dropper, infuse (drop) Lavender Oil into the oil to scent. Usually about 8-10 drops per bottle. (depends on the quality of the Lavender Oil…the more you spend, the stronger the smell.)
– Put top on jars and gently turn back and forth until blended – don’t shake!
Hang by the bunch in your bedroom, bathroom kitchen, anywhere that doesn’t get direct sunlight. Beautiful colors, beautiful scent…
Toss Lavender (dried) in the tub – add some rose petals and a few drops of Lavender Oil…
Sprinkle dried Lavender around the edges of contained candles. When the wax burns the aroma will rise…
Add a few drops of pure Lavender Oil to your contained candle (make sure there is no alcohol in the oil, buy only the purest). Don’t put directly onto wick, sprinkle around the inside edges of the container.
Recipe: Cherry Pudding
1 qt cherry juice
1/2 cup dried bing cherries
5 heaping tbsp agar flakes
1 tbsp kuzu
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Place juice (less 1/2 cup for dissolving kuzu), cherries and agar in a pan, cook for 20 minutes.
2. Melt kuzu in 1/2 cup of juice and add to pot.
3. Continue cooking until the liquid is clear, about 5 to 10 minutes.
4. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract, cool in a shallow dish and then chill.
5. When chilled, blend until smooth and return to the refrigerator. Serve cold.
The same proportions can be used with every fruit. Apple cider is great as the liquid.
Serving Size & Nutritional Info
Serving size: 6 oz
Servings per recipe: 6
Total fat: 1g
Saturated fat: 0g