What's Dr. Ray's Favorite Herb?
Have you guessed it?!
It's LAVENDER!!!!!! I love lavender!
Some of you might have even visited my office and noticed there is a faint lavender fragrance refreshing the air. Seriously, it's an herb I never tired of both for aesthetics and medicinally.
Why do I love this herb so much? I'll give you 10 reasons why!
1.) Stress-reliever: Mellows you out.
2.) Sedative: Helps you sleep. Create a lavender linen mist to spray on pillow before sleep.
3.) Spasmolytic: Calms cramping and muscle spasms.
4.) Anti-inflammatory: Remember those cooling properties? Well, this herb cools off inflammation making your aches no more! Helps with burns too!
5.) Carminative: That's a fancy word for saying it soothes your tummy gripes and helps minimize gas.
6.) Antidepressant: Who doesn't feel happier after smelling or using lavender? Ok, maybe those rare folks who are allergic or just down right murderers of joy. ;-)
7.) Antimicrobial/antiviral: Next time you have a cut wound or even a cold, try using some lavender to ward off those offending micro-buggies.
8.) Mild Diuretic: That's right, lavender helps your body release excess water, so grab a glass of fresh lavender tea the next time you feel a little "bloaty."
9.) Nootropic: Another fancy word for saying lavender improves mental alertness and may enhance mental accuracy.
10.) PRETTY! I love the purple hue and using the leaves as food garnish or even adding to flower arrangements. The color of lavender is therapeutic in its own right.