I volunteered at Heron's Nest Herb Farm today, which is one of the local Blanco farms involved in supporting the annual Lavender Festival. At Heron's, they grow lavender and echinacea as well as make many many products made from lavender (salves, air fresheners, lotions, surface cleaner, etc.). It was great to see a variety of vendors there selling crafts and goods. There was also a well attended women's race. Many runners stopped off at the beverage booth I was manning to quench their thirst with lavender lemonade or hibiscus tea. Also offered were cookies with optional lavender icing. They were a hit. It was so good to see so many people connect with the lavender plants and take time to support this community.
I was so happy to see Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine founder/owner Nicole Telkes there with fellow herbalist Cecile. They were educating passer-bye's on the school's various workshops and products.
I took a picture of honey bees enjoying the lavender and a child running freely through the lavender field.
When I came home, I was so energized I infused new batches of oils and now have them soaking in the sun on the kitchen window sill. I infused Calendula flowers, Chamomile flowers, Cleavers, and Alkanet Root. I plan on making a large batch of lip balm next month.
In honor of the blooming herbs here in the Hill Country garden I dedicate this post to the topical uses of Borage, Yarrow, Vitex, Calendula...
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Verbena (Vervain) Loving Spring
Cactus in Bloom
Spring in the Hill Country 2010
Flowers for Mum
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