Finding a decent parking spot in
is about as likely as winning the lottery, so finding one so sinfully close to
downtown felt like a win. Instead of the usual half mile or more trek to my
destination, I was a little over two blocks from the Louvre Cafe for a meeting.
Not only was the parking fortuitous, I discovered a store I hadn't seen before:
Pelindbaba Lavendar. Edmonds, Washington,
The store is dedicated to a variety of products made from lavender. Known for its calming properties, several products use lavender, such as lotion, soaps, and room spray. As soon as I walked in, I bathed in the aroma of the flower. Lavender possesses one of the most luscious scents in nature.
On a trip to
I had come across lavender chocolate, and this store sells bars of it in milk
and dark chocolate. I'm surprised by the number of other items made from lavender,
such as tea. I was immediately offered a sample of lavender tea. Expecting it
to be flowery and scented, the tea had a slightly spicy flavor and a mellow aroma.
Walking through the store I recalled the lavender shrubs I planted between my roses when I still owned a home. My goal was to deflect the deer. Deer still ate my rose blossoms, but they left the purple flowers alone, so my yard always smelled nice in the summer. I periodically snipped sprigs from the bushes and placed them in vases throughout the house.
Aromatherapy specialists agree that spraying one's bedroom and sheets with lavender aids in reducing stress. Note: use real lavender, not something concocted in a lab. You can smell the difference. Lavender is one of those scents that pairs well with others, such as mint or rosemary, which can boost its medicinal properties.
One of my favorite recent discoveries is goat's milk soap made with lavender. The goat's milk makes the skin soft as a baby's butt, and the aroma lasts until the bar is gone. This shop offers several varieties of bar and liquid soaps scented in lavender. The store also carries cosmetics, honey, jams and jellies, diffusers, candles, jewelry, and home and pet products, all made from locally grown lavender in the San Juans.
As I stroll through the shop, the subtle aroma feels like a calming hand on a sunny day. If you're feeling a little stressed, stop and smell the lavenderat this locally owned establishment.