E: Essential Oils to De-stress

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E: Essential Oils to De-stress

Aura Cacia states: Relaxation is the most desired benefit of aromatherapy. People crave respite from the stresses that fill our daily lives. Unfortunately, the world keeps piling on the anxiety while pulling us further away from what grounds and balances us. Aromatherapy is a way to reward ourselves simply and effectively with fragrant, natural substances that nourish mind, body and spirit.

Essential oils that help us achieve a state of relaxation include: chamomile, benzoin, bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, lavender, neroli, patchouli, rose, sandalwood and ylang ylang.

Dr. Axe has a page ‘The Top 7 Essential Oils for Anxiety’. These oils will all help you de-stress, a useful technique for anyone that works in a job that has a lot of public contact. He has information on these seven essential oils, along with guidelines on using each one:

This page also has a good de-stressing neck rub recipe: Lavender, Rose, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Chamomile, and Frankincense.

lavenderEasy Lavender Neck Rub
3 drops pure lavender oil
1 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil or almond oil
Blend the lavender oil and coconut or almond oil in your palm and rub onto your neck for natural anxiety relief. You can also rub onto the bottoms of your feet. This is perfect for anytime or just before bed.

Oh, decisions, decisions…which oil to use? A lot will depend on your own preferences for scents. My own personal all-time favorite is frankincense, closely followed by neroli, geranium, cedarwood, and bergamot. However, I have a dear friend that could live and breathe patchouli every day of the year.

These oils are all available from a multitude of online sources. However, if you aren’t familiar with how any of these smell, I’d advise a trip to your nearest health food store. Other healthy foods stores, such as Sprouts, or Whole Foods, also carry a selection of essential oils also. Try them out, see which ones you like and give them a try. Sometimes just a whiff from the bottle does a major de-stress, making you able to keep a smile on your face, able to survive another day.

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A to Z: ‘L’ is for LAVENDER

It’s April! That means it’s time for the ‘BLOGGING A to Z CHALLENGE’. Everyday this month (except Sunday) bloggers will be blogging to a theme, using different letter of the alphabet – running, of course, from A to Z.

I’m blogging about MEMORY GARDENS: botanical tributes to celebrate our loved ones. Most of my writing is about keeping memories alive, so a spring garden is a perfect match to celebrate loved ones memories. Come join us all month for 26 different posts about Memory Gardens … and then, maybe plant your own tribute to remember your own special person.


A to Z: ‘L’ is for LAVENDER


Lavender is a good addition to any memory garden, used to signify love or devotion. It’s fairly drought tolerant, making it a good choice for the water conscious gardener. It doesn’t like to have its feet wet, so place where drainage is good. You’ll be blessed with fragrant blossoms, reminding you of your loved one.

LAVENDER – Love, Devotion

Common Name:                      LAVENDER

Botanical Name:                      Lavandula

Height:                                    1’ – 4’

USDA Hardiness Zone:          Zones 4-9

Sun requirements:                   Full sun

Water Needs:                           Little water

Lavender Ridge Farms

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Lavender Ridge Farms

2391 County Rd 178
Gainesville, Texas 78240
(940) 665-6938

Farm Hours

Thursday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

Café Hours

Lunch: Friday – Sunday: 11 am – 3 pm

Dinner: Friday – Sunday: 5 pm – 10 pm, by reservation only


It’s true!  Texas is ‘God’s Country’.  And heaven lies on a ridge eight miles east of Gainesville.  Tucked away, off a small country road, Lavender Ridge Farms offers a respite from day-to-day life.  The small countryside farm is serene and picturesque.  Surrounded by green rolling hills, the colorful zinnias and bachelor buttons urge visitors to wander and pick. 

Jane Dane, one of the owners of Lavender Ridge Farms, says “Living here and having this as a business is a dream come true.”  The farm offers fresh cut flowers; zinnias and bachelor buttons right now, lavender earlier in the year.  This u-pick garden produces yellow squash, cucumbers, purple hull peas and okra.  This year farming wasn’t favorable for tomatoes.  Visitors receive a basket to fill with produce for only $12.00.  Small baskets of produce are available for sale in the gift shop also.  And, if it’s as hot as it was the day I visited, having the produce picked and ready to go was a welcome surprise.  The fresh picked purple hull peas cooked up beautifully and complemented several dinners.  And what says Texas better than a mess of fresh picked purple hull peas?

Chairs sit out under the large shady oaks in front of the gift shop, tempting visitors to sit and relax, basking in the scenic view of the farm.  Farm visitors might be greeted by Purdy and Dutch, two sweet furry caretakers of the farm.  The fragrances wafting through the gift shop delight the senses.  I threatened that I was going to put a sleeping bag down and not leave that room.  The shop contains an assortment of handmade herbal soaps, dried lavender bundles, lotions and ointments, herbal books, cute country signs, lavender honey, jams and much more.

Dane shared that she dreamed of having a business like this for several years.  After taking her school class to visit an apple orchard in Roanoke, Henrietta Creek Orchard, she became enamored with farm life.  She stated “After meeting ‘Farmer Sue’ that day, I knew that I wanted to be ‘Farmer Jane’.”  Her only frustrations with the farming life were after a two-acre lavender field and a half-acre herb garden were destroyed from the flooding in 2007.

Besides farming and the gift shop, Dane keeps busy with the café on the premises.  Lunch is available Friday through Sunday.  The café menu offers lavender honey chicken salad and rosemary green beans, ham and swiss cheese on a croissant with dilled potato salad, or a salad trio.  The salad trio consists of the lavender honey chicken potato salad, dilled potato salad and a garden salad.  Dinner at the café is available by reservation only.

Farmer, herb gatherer, chef and hostess, Farmer Jane has a full plate.  But the tantalizing aromas that arise from her plate are delightful: fresh Texas soil, aromatic lavender, fragrant flowers and herbs are amidst the peaceful serenity of her newfound country life.  She’s discovered her own little haven in the hustle and bustle of urban life.  Fortunately for us, she’s willing to share it.  For a day to enjoy, take a trip out to Lavender Ridge Farms.  It’s a trip you’ll treasure.

PS.  Be sure to mark your calendars … October 9th – 11th , 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., rain or shine …

Lavender Ridge Farm’s Fall Festival offers pumpkins to buy, flowers to cut from their fields, good food, music and great shopping.  Vendors feature everything from antiques, art, handcrafted items and much more.  Saturday there is a horseshoe tournament to benefit a local family.

May 2021

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