Ingredient Spotlight: Lavender!

The versatile flower with all the plant based power, Lavender can do it all. From natural oils to beautiful bouquets, lavender has shown that it is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also beneficial for our health! 

 Lavender oil has both antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory capabilities as a topical ointment. Studies show that lavender’s aroma is quite useful in treating mental ailments such as anxiety and depression as well as having calming effects to help with insomnia.  

 In addition to oils, lavender is also a common component of tea and used as a cooking ingredient in its flower form, with benefits relating to digestive health. Lavender has been proven to relieve vomiting, nausea, and even gas pains related to poor digestion.

 If the healing powers of lavender haven’t intrigued you enough, wait until you hear the nutrition facts! The tiny purple flowers pack many key nutrients that we need daily. Vitamin A and calcium can be found in small, but beneficial amounts, relating to eye, skin, and bone health. One serving of lavender (about 100 g) also contains an impressive amount of your daily recommended iron intake, needed for generations of hemoglobin and myoglobin for proper oxygen and nutrient transport in the blood.

 If you are still not wowed by the abilities of this beautiful flower, try lavender paired with mint and dark chocolate in our Lavender Mint Dark Chocolate Truffle. One bite and you will most definitely be a fan of this plant based wonder!

 

Addie Dulaney Majnaric, RDN is a graduate of West Virginia University, where she received her dual Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Human Nutrition and Foods and minor in Strength & Conditioning. Addie is a nutrition & wellness consultant in the greater Atlanta area, focusing on plant based eating and improving health across the stages of life. She believes that wellness & nutrition go hand in hand to maintain and improve health, and loves to work with those adapting to a plant based lifestyle, whether it be individuals or families. 


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