By Jazmyn Yoga
These are hot days, hot times. Across the world protest are igniting, tempers are flaring, everyone seems to be on edge.
Although I am, for the most part, a calm, peace-loving yogini… I tend to overheat, especially during the summer seasons. The heat index and humidity in Philadelphia puts me on edge, I used to find myself irritated with every little thing, until I started taking the healing power of lavender seriously.
Here are the top five ways I incorporate lavender into my daily life to help keep me from going all Wayne Brady on a witch.
1. Natural skin toner: mix ¼ cup of witch hazel with about 20 drops of lavender essential oil for a soothing toner to keep you cool during these summer months. Store in a glass container, in a cool, dry space and use every morning before you moisturize.
2. Calm your mind: Lavender is a great remedy for restlessness, insomnia, nervousness and depression. Create your own depression buster by adding lavender to your evening bath.
3. Keep it fresh: Simmer a cup of lavender herbs in a pot of water with orange and lemon peels for a relaxing air fresher.
4.Pour it up: Lavender can be a bit pungent as a tea, but if you mix it with chamomile you can create a relaxing before bedtime brew guaranteed to take your straight to sleepy town. Add a little lemon, pour in a clear mug and enjoy the tranquil taste and comforting blue color this tea creates.
5. Fight summer bites: Nothing is more annoying than an arm full of mosquito bites. Add 15 drops of lavender essential oil to a fragrance free oil of your choice, like almond or safflower oil. Apply liberally before you head out, you’ll repel mosquitos and negative energy all day.