Herb harvest today.  I was harvesting some mint for my herbal tea and noticed that it was SUPER fragrant today.  We’ve had about four days of steady rain and today it’s clearing up but was a bit cloudy & breezy & around 78 degrees.  

I decided that if the mint was so strong today, other herbs must be as well so went about harvesting a bunch from garden and my meadow to work with for medicine, sachets, teas and salves/body care.  

I harvested wild & cultivated yarrow, English & French lavender, Chocolate & Pineapple mint, regular and variegated sage, violet leaves, marjoram, calendula & plantain

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  1. Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
  2. Aperture: f/9
  3. Exposure: 1/160th
  4. Focal Length: 64mm

* The lavender plant is a member of the mint family.  There are over 25 species of lavender, with English lavender the most prized due to its high quality oil.

* Lavender has a history spanning more than 2,000 years, with beginnings in Egypt as an aid in mummification.  The tomb of King Tut contained urns with traces of lavender fragrance in them.  In ancient Rome, the flowers were added to waters of the famous public baths.

* Today, its buds and oil continue to be used in the treatment of skin conditions and wounds and as an aid to ease anxiety and promote relaxation.  Its relaxing qualities are considered therapeutic by aromatherapists.

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