(Article by Brandon Scott)
“Meanwhile, spring came, and with it the outpourings of Nature. The hills were soon splashed with wild flowers; the grass became an altogether new and richer shade of green; and the air became scented with fresh and surprising smells -- of jasmine, honeysuckle, and lavender.”
– Dalai Lama XIV, Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama
A staple of the herbal cabinet is lavender, for it is a powerful plant that offers a myriad of medicinal effects, from soothing to sedating to purifying, to only name a few. Among the world’s most intoxicating scents, ranging from sweet to floral with a hint of herbaceous intensity, lavender is a memorable and unique aroma that can soothe with the briefest inhalation. While it’s unfortunate that it’s not springtime as the Dalai Lama described above, and only the start to winter among us Ohioans, stores of dried lavender and the essential oil can come in handy all year long.