Sunday, October 13, 2019

The Benefits of Lavender on a Holistic Fitness Journey



Due to the name of this blog and my company site, I figured a post about lavender was well overdue (as well as a blog post in general, sorry about that).

It may be the case that many today still think of fitness as a merely superficial vain endeavor; provoking imagery of the ultra-ripped, over-supplemented, vein pooping, white yolk eating exercise freak. Although this may be the case for some (and that's OK when healthfully done), fitness really is about the culmination of all the benefits that come along with a healthy lifestyle. Not all of the ultra-ripped and over-supplemented stereotypical fitness buffs are even healthy (and that's for another blog post). A large and incredibly important aspect of health is the incorporation of moderation.

When it comes to lavender, we are merely reminded of the necessity of calm and serenity in our lives. This is absolutely essential. How often do you stop and take the time to notice a single raindrop, a tiny flower, or a leaf falling from a tree? These may seem like pretty insignificant occurrences however, when taking time to notice the very subtle aspects of life, you begin to feel more present and in tune with your surroundings, which increases your mental, emotional and physical health.

Ageing is inevitable, and after awhile, external appearances may not be on the forefront of ones mind. Rather, there is a tendency to want to piece it all together, and realize the fragments of health that were so often overlooked in youth. When a person gets to this point in their fitness journey, they come to embrace the many benefits that nature also provides in their quest for holistic well-being.

Uses & Benefits of Lavender



Lavender is a flower which can be consumed and actually tastes pretty great! Consider trying it as a health smoothie and decide for yourself. Try this amazing recipe borrowed from thebutterhalf.com:



  •  Course Breakfast
     Cuisine American
     Keyword easy breakfast recipe, kid-friendly recipes, smoothie
     Prep Time 2 minutes
     Cook Time 3 minutes
     Total Time 5 minutes
     Servings 1 smoothie
     Calories 592 kcal
     Author Abbey Rodriguez

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup coconut water
    • 1 teaspoon dried lavender buds
    • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
    • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
    • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar for vegan option
    • 1 frozen banana
    • 1/2 apple
    • 2 cups blueberries

    Instructions

    1. Put all of the ingredients into a large blender. Blend until thoroughly mixed.
    2. Pour into glasses, drizzle some honey on top, and enjoy!
You will notice that not only does lavender taste great when mixed with other components, it also has tremendous benefits. According to thebutterhalf.com, lavender provides the following health benefits:

  • Lavender contains calcium, iron, and vitamin A, making it a good supplement in smoothies like this
  • Can stabilize your mood
  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Help heal wounds
  • Can clear up acne on skin when applied topically
  • Works as an anti fungal
Lavender is also often used as a fragrance and essential oil. You may have been to a yoga class or gotten a massage where the scent of lavender was used.


Lavender for Strength 


As you can see, lavender comes in handy for many different uses. When it comes to fitness, lavender can assist in calming the mind and body during those extra difficult times when it may feel impossible to move forward. It may just take a little extra patience and emotional strength, to really make significant gains in your health journey during those stressful times in your life. Thus is why lavender assists tremendously in building strength, as it keeps the immune system strong when you may need it the most, and relaxes the mind when clear thinking is essential.






My name is Cheri, and I help people move forward with their health and wellness goals. You can visit me online at www.lavenderfitnessandwellness.com or email me at cherihaus@gmail.com.






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