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Watercolor and Gouache Painting With Tea Recipe 

Honey Lavender Tea:

  1. Lavender bush from my Oregon herb garden.
  2. 3 tablespoons of freshly cut flowers, dice 8 cups of boiling water, remove from heat set aside.Sweeten to taste with honey.

    Add diced flowers and stems to the hot water. Let sit for 10 minutes, strain out flowers and serve.

    Lavender Tea:

    1 tablespoon of Fresh flowers diced or 1 tablespoon of dried flowers crush.

    1 cup of hot water

    Add flowers to your water steep for 5 minutes, strain out flowers.

    Health Benefits of Lavender:

    Bloating, relieves stress, reduce inflammation, improves mood, helps sooth skin irritation, prevents infections, relieves itchy scalp, has anti-fungal properties.

    Grown in my Oregon garden, Lavandula angustifolia or common garden variety lavender.

    Lavender is easy to grow, the plant needs lots of sunlight and well-drained soil. I have read you need slightly alkaline soil but I never tested mine and my seedlings were very happy.

    Prep the dirt so it is weed free and there is no danger of frost, the seedlings like warm weather, around 70 degrees, so maybe start your seeds inside first if you can’t wait for the warm weather.Lavender seeds are really tiny, I mix mine with sand if I’m just throwing seeds in the ground.

    It’s easier to plant them in little peat pots, you have more control over germination and you can see the sprouts when they come up.

    Important thing to remember, don’t over water the peat pots. I use a spray bottle to keep the pots moist until germination occurs.

    You need good air circulation sprouting seeds inside, I use a little fan placed near my peat pots to keep the bugs and fungus at bay.

    Depending on how warm the seed’s environment is, it will take 4-6 weeks to germinate. Once the seedling reaches a couple of inches in height you can transplant, peat pot and all into a bigger container or to your garden.

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