Like many little girls, when I was young my favorite color was purple. If it was purple I would choose it, no matter what it was, what it looked like, or how it tasted, if it was purple it was mine. I thought people were crazy to choose any other color. I soon learned that the color purple was associated with royalty and wealth. Well there you go that makes sense, I may be seven but I’m no dummy. I wonder if this is about the time when my parents started to worry about my expensive and sophisticated taste.
In nature, you will find all sorts of lovely colors, greens, blues, and yellows seem to be the most common. I guess that is why purple is so very special; you don’t see a lot of it on a regular basis. Maybe in the sky for an extra special sunset or wild flowers along the highway headed towards the hills, and maybe in the rare rainbow if the clouds and the sun align just right. So I think of purple as a present, a sort of gift dropped here or there for all to take pleasure in.
Nature has bestowed upon us one of the prettiest and magical purple plants called Lavender. The name Lavender comes from the Latin root lavare, which means, “to wash”. This is fitting for most people associate lavender with oil, perfume and bathing products. Essential oil of lavender has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It was used in hospitals during WWI to disinfect floors and walls.
Maybe Lavender is exactly what the world needs more of!
While we are all going GREEN maybe we should add LAVENDER to the list! If something as pure and natural as lavender can do the trick Why Not Use It! Go ahead and disinfect your floors with it and save yourself from harmful chemicals. Forget about toxic mosquito repellents and spray on an H2o lavender combo. Hate the smell of cedar or mothballs…lavender. Does Fido have flea’s…lavender. Trader Joe’s sells lovely lavender sachet pouches for the dryer and I also put them in my closets, drawers and shoe bins.
Research has confirmed that lavender produces slight calming, soothing and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled. Why not leave the prescription for a sleep aid, a headache or the blues at the drug store and put lavender in the bath, at the temple, on a pillow, or in a teacup, it might just melt away your cares, be kind to your body and be a whole lot cheaper. Diluted it can also heal acne, skin burns and inflammatory conditions. I once got an orange size burn on my calf from scolding hot water and my acupuncturist suggested lavender oil to suck the heat out of the burn. It worked! Over night my burn changed color from hot red to mild pink and I was left with no scare what so ever. Just please don’t use it on an open wound.
Lavender may also be a culinary delight used in beverages, candied flowers, Herbs De Provence, honey, sauces and baking.
Here is where I give a shout out to my favorite cookie! In Griffith Park in Los Angeles, there is a small café called “Trails” that bakes the most delicious Lavender Shortbread Cookies I have ever had, they are so good that it is just plain wrong!
As I have grown into a woman my obsession with the color purple has settled. I now have learned to appreciate the beauty of all colors. But deep down inside still lives the little girl who finds purple to be a gift her eye adores.
*So please remember Nature’s Pretty Purple Little Magic when your house is going Green. Add Lavender to the list for whatever ails you, it’s pretty, purple and smells good too!