I've spent the last 30 years training and showing quarter horses with my daughters and customers, loving every minute of it.
But a slope on part of our farm was begging me to plant something on it. For two years I ignored it, pondered on it, rode by it and packed up for another horse show.
A broken rib that insisted I sit down and take a break finally gave me the time to begin my love for lavender. We began our obsession by studying through the winter and planting 250 plants on Mother's Day and preparing for another 750. As we waited for the young lavender to grow, I was busy ordering all kinds of lavender products, discovering what I loved and what I wanted to produce from my someday-mature plants.
The healing and calming effects of lavender
The antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties lend its uses to so many products and I simply can't be without the smell.
I'm addicted to its calming effects, never going too far without my stash of oil. I even use it to calm my customers' horses before training and competition; on my border collie, Jillie, who hates thunder storms; and of course on the grand babies before naps.
An unexpected use
However, it was my recent discovery that I have breast cancer that has changed my need and gratitude for finding these oils. After two weeks of chemo my face turned bright red and splotchy. It couldn't tolerate soap and my moisturizer wasn't even touching it. I made my own face cleanser and soothing facial oil that gave me my skin back after three days.
After breaking out in an allergic rash, again it was the oils that took the itch out. I'm quite sure that if it can help my "chemo skin," that any dried out skin for any reason can be helped as well.