Lavender ~ A Sensory Gift!

We are visiting today a little later than usual, but I still had a “cuppa joy”. Did you?

It is raining here in Texas and it is giving my newly planted herbs an old fashioned drink.  There is something soothing about the rain that settles the nervous system. Have you ever heard the rain hit a tin roof on a lazy afternoon? Makes for a great nap, when you can curl up with your favorite book while wearing your comfy PJs that are soft and worn from years of being loved.

Something else that is super soothing to your nervous system and easy to grow is Lavender ~Angustifolia lavandula. It is pretty hardy and has earned it’s keep in my garden many times over.  There are multiple varieties available and some will grow better in your specific region than others. Check with your Extension Service for assistance or your local organic garden center.

Lavender Wandering Thistle Studio

When Ava was a very young and became distraught; as toddlers do. We would go outside and have a sensory experience within the garden. Picking her a small sampling from our sweet lavender; bruising the leaves gently, and letting her rub it beneath her nose. Allowing her to inhale the sweet aromatics without being overwhelming to her little body was perfect. Within minutes she was calm and in control. She not only enjoyed the olfactory sensory, but loved the tactile input she received from the soft fuzzy leaves. We would need to do this weekly at times it seemed, and she soon began to ask for lavender to self soothe. As an Occupational Therapist, I feel it is important to teach children how to learn positive coping skills early on. Since she has experienced the calming qualities of lavender, she has positive memories which are regulated by the limbic system, and is eager to learn about other herbs and their benefits.

Lavender is probably my favorite Essential Oil to use. It has so many wonderful properties such as: anti-bacterial, analgesic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, restorative, calming to the nervous system, sedating, and anti-depressant to name a few.

If you are having difficulty obtaining sleep, add a drop to a tissue and tuck it in your pillowcase. Each time you move and readjust your pillow, you will receive a nice little aromatic that is pleasing. I always feel rested the following morning when I practice this.

With that I bid you adieu.  Cheers to a restful sleep.

Theresa Wandering Thistle Studio 1459x1469Wander. Explore. Create. Enjoy. ~Theresa

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