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** Featured Herb   – Lavender
** Featured Herbalsit – Pamela Ann Matthews
** Featured Business-Pine Creek Canyon Lavender Farm

Lavender  Lavendula spp.
The name lavender derives from the Latin lavo (to wash).
Family- mint – Lamiaceae
Habitat – Lavender is native to the mountainous zones of the Mediterranean where it grows in sunny, stony habitats. Today, it flourishes throughout southern Europe, Australia, and the U.S.
Description – Lavender is a heavily branched short shrub that grows to a height of about 24 inches. Its broad rootstock bears woody branches with upright, rod like, leafy, green shoots. A silvery down covers the green narrow leaves, which are oblong and tapered, attached directly at the base, and curled spirally. (Univ. of Maryland medical center)
Aside from the roots, lavender oil is present in all parts of the plant. The long, thin leaves and the natural oils provide the plant with its natural protection in the wild, enabling it to survive mid-summer droughts, rendering the plant unappetizing to most grazing animals, and yet, with its heady fragrance, attracting potential pollinating insects. (bees that have browsed on lavender produce an especially rich, intensely flavored honey)  (50 plants that changed the course of History)
Lavender-flower tea was also used as a remedy for headache due to fatigue or weakness, and the essential oil was taken internally to counteract faintness, nervous palpitations, spasms, and colic.
Modern uses- the flowers have carminative, spasmolytic, tonic, sedative and antidepressant properties. Lavender (infusion or oil) us used for spasms, colic, neuralgia and nausea, internally as well as externally (Leaung,1980).
It may also be effective for headaches and for inducing sleep. Lavender is a gentle strengthening tonic for the nervous system and benefits those suffering from nervous exhaustion. (Hoffman 1983)
Lavender oil also, is used as an insecticide and is great for mosquito bites, along with infusers, sprays and salves.
Lavender flowers can be used in soaps, in pillows, and some species of flowers can be used in cooking.

Read more about Lavender and its benefits along with a great lavender almond cookie recipe by Pamela Matthews…..

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Meet our Featured Herbalist

Pamela Ann Matthews

Pamela Ann Matthews is a graduate from Southwest Institute of Healings Arts Western Herbalism Program and is an aspiring Herbal Clinician. Pamela has a AOS Degree in Holistic Heath, is a Clinical Herbalist, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Certified Aromatherapist, Life Coach and Reiki Master Teacher.

Pamela has a strong commitment to service that started with volunteer work in her teens and continued into a career as a Registered Nurse. Her background in nursing enriches her current vocation bringing together her love of nature and a commitment to working with people and service.

Pamela’s vision is to open her own holistic wellness center, to provide a sacred, nurturing and spiritual environment that empowers others to heal themselves, transform their lives and evolve into the amazing person God intended them to be. Her mission is to serve and be a catalyst for change, to become a leader in the community by promoting awareness and providing education regarding the healing powers of herbs and complementary medicine.

Pamela also has a love for teaching and has been teaching people for many years before beginning her career as an herbalist and is looking forward to expanding her teaching beyond conventional health, to now also include a holistic approach using herbs, plants and nature.
She strongly believes in the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit and enjoys working with clients and students to open them to this concept on both obvious and subtle levels.

Pamela’s Services include but are not limited to:
Herbal Consultations
Hypnotherapy
Aromatherapy
Life Coaching
Reiki
Pamela can be reached at pamatthews53@gmail.com
Pamela Ann Matthews Integrative Services
 Pamela has provided us with some great Lavender information and recipes. Please press READ MORE to view.

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Pine Creek Canyon Lavender Farm
Arizona’s Newest Lavender Experience

In 2015, we began the restoration of the old farmhouse as true as we could to John and Annie Belle (including our Lavender Kitchen where we use Annie Belles old kitchen to teach heritage food techniques and food preservation classes along with our culinary Lavender classes). We then added a new wing for modern conveniences!

Our historic “Ditch” irrigation rights along Pine Creek gives us wonderful, natural spring water for our lavender and gardens. With such beautiful land and water, one day we asked ourselves—“what should we grow here?” and the answer of how we decided on lavender may surprise you.

After researching the most important question, “What won’t Elk eat?” we came to the realization that lavender was the answer. We knew nothing about lavender however, we knew a lot about Elk invasions! So, we planted 5000 lavender plants. Our varieties included Royal Velvet and Provence, which are both culinary varieties, and Grosso which is one of the most beautiful and aromatic lavender varieties. Then we watered and weeded… and hoped. Now, here we are in love with Lavender or as Olivia calls it, “Lovender” and the Elk pretty much stay away. The lavender grows higher every season and we get to meet you all: our fellow “Lovender” friends enjoying this beautiful mountain valley that Rosetta first called home more than a century ago.

Read more about the Pine Creek Canyon Lavender Farm and learn more about classes with Terry.

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heather@ecoflora.org
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