5 benefits of Mayfield Lavender
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Lower levels of anxiety by filling your home and garden with lavender this summer
With levels of anxiety among the British public soaring in the past few months (according to the Office of National Statistics, half of UK adults have felt deeply anxious about lockdown) we’re all looking for simple ways to enhance our mood
Gardening is a proven stress reliever – it boosts levels of Vitamin D and is even a good way to keep fit. Plus, if you choose wisely you can fill you garden or green space with a selection of everyday plants that can help you feel even more relaxed. Lorna Maye the owner of Mayfield Lavender Farm in Banstead says, “Plants like lavender and chamomile are very easy to grow in the garden and require very little care. As well as having great stress relieving properties, they look and smell amazing too.”
Just the smell and sight of this purple plant is enough to calm some people and lavender oil is great for treating anxiety and depression. There are even different varieties to suit different requirements, Lorna explains, such as Grosso Lavender which helps clear the sinus and assists breathing.
“It is also a big hit with the bees,” she adds. “So, you’re doing your bit for the declining bee population. Use Hidcote and Peter Pan Lavender for stunning depth of colour, and Munstead for ground cover and a lighter colour.”
As well as growing lavender in your garden, here are five ways to incorporate it into your daily or weekly rituals to add a little moment of calm to your day.
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• Make yourself a cup of lavender and chamomile tea, light a candle and curl up in a quiet corner of the house for a bit of ‘me time’.
• Washing our hands has never been so important but why not treat yourself to a bar of fragrant soap like Mayfield’s Organic Lavender and Lemongrass? And if all that washing is taking its toll then slather on some lavender hand salve after.
• Give yourself a lavender facial adding five drops of lavender oil to a steaming hot bowl of water, place a towel over your head and inhale.
• Get out in the fresh air and visit Mayfield Lavender Farm in Banstead until August 31 – see website to check opening times and social distancing measures.
• For a special treat in the sunshine, cool down with a glass of homemade lavender lemonade or ice cream.
Lavender Ice Cream
6 free range eggs
125g / 4oz sugar
250ml / 8fl oz whole milk
250ml / 8fl oz double cream
Handful of dried lavender flower heads
1 vanilla pod split lengthwise, seeds scraped out and pod finely chopped
1. Infuse the lavender in the milk for about 30mins.
2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the eggs yolks and sugar until pale and fluffy.
3. Combine the milk, chopped vanilla pod and seeds in a heavy bottomed pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 4-5mins.
4. Turn off the heat and allow to cool for 30 seconds. Pour the milk mixture onto the eggs and sugar, whisking continuously until smooth and creamy, then return the mixture to the saucepan.
5. Place the pan over a medium heat and stir continuously for 4-5mins, or until the mixture has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Strain the mixture through a sieve into a bowl.
6. Softly whip the cream and fold into the mixture. Pour into a freezer container and cover with a tightfitting lid. Place container in the freezer for 2 hours, then beat with a fork to break up the ice crystals.
7. Return to the freezer and repeat the process after another 2 hours. Return to the freezer until completely frozen.
15g dried lavender heads
500ml (18fl oz) boiling water
150g (5½oz) sugar
1.2 litres (2 pints) cold water
1. Put the flower heads into a saucepan and pour over the boiling water. Bring to the boil again and simmer for a minute or two.
2. Turn off the heat and leave for 10 minutes to steep. Strain.
3. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
4. Add the cold water.
5. Squeeze the lemons directly into the pan then strain again if you want rid of any pips.