How Familiar Are You With Your Lavender?
We are all familiar with lavender – a famed flower treated with royalty for its beauty and it’s significance. Lavender has been the Royalty of the brain for a very long time.
So what made it royalty?
Lavender has created a reputation for being calming and having a sedative effect towards our muscles. Tenseness created by our emotions – fear and anxiety which occurs during stressful situations. For example – most hospitals and dentistry use lavender essential oils in their rooms to create a calming atmosphere for anxious patients.
This is because certain components in Lavender such as Linalool exhibits anxiolytic, analgesic, anticonvulsive and neuroprotective agents. Therefore, it becomes an anti-conflict and anti-anxiety agent.
In a social environment, work environment or networking environment – feeling anxious, scared, fearful and frustrated is common. We are all humans after all – however having something that stabilizes your mood and relaxes your muscles allows you to reduce the conflicting energy that projects through your behavior.
On the other hand, it also helps to relieve stress related migraine and regulates sleep patterns which are a crucial aspect of life and mental well-being. For those who feel insecure – feel the butterflies in your stomach. It’s normal, however – the term butterflies in your stomach come from the bloating sensation triggered by your neurotransmitters reacting to stress. Since your gut is your second brain – what you experience in your psychology impacts the way your gut reacts to it.
In moments, you’re feeling the bloated sensation – inhale or have something related to lavender as one of its components called polyphenols helps reduce bloating and ease your gut in order to ease your mind.
How Well Are Your Acquainted With Your Lemons?
Lemons are the happy fruit – it’s bright yellow and welcoming. How can you feel the difference? How does it change your mind – as we are all aware of how it affects your body.
Increasing lemons in your diet- increases your focus and concentration and is a perfect mood-enhancing stimulant by improving circulation ( increasing oxygen in your brain ) On the other hand, it also increases the metabolic turnover in your hippocampus which influences your long-term memory and spatial navigation.
Lemons also have a strong effect on monoamine release from the brain tissue which balances the serotonin release in your brain. As we know serotonin is the feel good hormone and in a social environment – in a work environment you need that to function and maintain a balanced lifestyle.
Being a fruit high with negative ions – which is usually a positive response. It neutralizes the ion content in your brain allowing a rational thought process. High levels of potassium not only improves the digestive system but also nourishes your nerve cells and brain function.
Simply said – a healthy nervous system allows healthy and productive communication. Simply said good communication is key for both relationships and body.
So How Do You Make A Mood Stabilizing Lavender Lemon Cake?
Serves 15 Time to Cook Including Prep Time – 1 Hour 30 Minutes Pairs Well With – Rosee Or sparkling raspberry juice
For the cake
- 1 Cup and 2 tbsp of honey
- ¾ tbsp of lavender
- 175g of whole grain flour
- ½ tsp of baking soda
- ½ tsp of baking powder
- 2 large eggs
- 250g yogurt
- Half a block of butter ( according to your estimation)
- 1 lemon zest
- 1 tbsp of lemon juice
- Optional: walnuts, blueberries
For the honey glaze
- 4 tbsp of cane sugar
- 7 tbsp of honey
- A dash of milk
- A dash of salt
- A dash of vanilla essence.
- Heat the oven to 160-degree celsius. While the oven is heating up break the lavender using an electric mixer but I prefer using the old school way of pounding the lavender through – releasing its flavors and smell.
- In a separate bowl sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Now add in the lavender.
- If you’re using walnuts for an extra crunch – be sure to roast them first and crush them up.
- In a separate bowl mix in the wet ingredients – start with the honey and butter. Be sure the butter is on room temprature . You’ll be able to press your finger through it when it’s on room temperature.
- Once the butter and honey have mixed well together – add in the yogurt and eggs and mix them thoroughly.
- In the dry bowl – form a hole and add in the dry mixture little by little. Continuously mix and make sure the flavors are evenly mixed.
- Now add the lemon juice and lemon zest. Continue tasting and avoid over mixing the batter.
- Once ready, pour the batter into the buttered baking pan and slide in the oven. Bake it for about 30-45 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.
- Once the cake is done – slide out of the oven put in small tiny holes to allow the honey glaze to penetrate the cake and to keep it moist.
For The Glaze
- In a pot, pour in the water, honey, cane sugar, milk and vanilla essence .and bring it to a boil.
- Once the liquid thickens – move it off the heat and simply glaze over the cake.
- Decorate it with some toasted walnuts and a sprinkle of lavender.