For this week’s post I have teamed up with my fabulous friend Destiny Lalane to bring you double the self-care inspiration! After reading my post, or whenever it suits you, head over to her blog for more amazing (and amazingly simple) self-care tips for morning routines. She has a lot of other great content too, if you want to click around a little.
I like to move as slowly as I can. But when I get into a place of rushing around, I find I need tricks to calm and soothe myself. I’m a grad student, for goodness sakes, hyperdrive is part of the curriculum… Though I’ve found it is also easy to slip in to that quick pace for anyone who is studying, parenting, working one or more jobs, or who happens to be human. One of my favorite ways to make sure I get the nourishment I need, especially while running between things, is to make big batches of smoothies.
And one of my favorite smoothie hacks? Lavender blossoms. They are a nervine, which means they relax the nervous system, thereby decreasing stress and pain. You can read more here.
There are several ways to use lavender in smoothies. First, you can brew a tea, ice it or let it cool, then use it as a smoothie base. That’s time consuming. Second, and slightly easier after the initial prep, you can make lavender ice cubes and throw a few into your smoothie. This is a simple process: take your lavender blossoms (available in most bulk herbs sections of health food stores), sprinkle about half a tea spoon in each segment of your ice cube tray, pour and freeze as usual. Or, if you’re really rushing, you can just throw a tablespoon of flowers (adjust to suit your taste) into your smoothie.
There are so many great smoothie recipes out there, and lavender can be added to almost any of them. It’s as good with greens as it is with chocolate. The taste is slightly bitter and astringent. If you want lots of smoothie recipes, check out @artrawpaulina or @naturally.jo or @alphafoodie on Instagram. Try adding lavender to some of your favorites. Rose buds are also edible, but do not have the same nervine effect. They are slightly bitter and sweet.
For the smoothie pictured above, these are my ingredients, organic whenever possible:
– 20 oz unsweetened coconut milk
– 20 oz lavender tea
– 2 cup frozen strawberries
– 1 cup frozen raspberries
– 2 stalks celery
– 2 kale leaves
– 4 miniature rose blossoms
– 1 tblsp chia seeds
You can substitute water or more milk of choice for the tea, and include several lavender ice cubes or a couple tablespoons of blossoms if you want to save time. I blended the berries and milk first. Next, the greens and tea. Then I poured them together to get the swirly effect you see. After taking photos I mixed it all up… it is a light greenish-brown color when done.
Feel free to comment with questions.