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Who doesn’t love the comforting floral aroma of lavender? This popular herb is known worldwide for its beautiful purple hue and soothing scent. But lavender is about much more than aromatherapy. When used correctly, lavender can be your go-to treatment for multiple ailments.

While most lavender treatments recommend using lavender essential oil, you can also use fresh or dried lavender flowers or leaves for some of these home remedies. Remember to always check with your doctor before using homeopathic remedies, and always go to the doctor for serious medical symptoms.

Check out our favorite ways to use lavender as a medicine:


Recent studies found that lavender may have potent antifungal properties. In fact, studies suggest that lavender can treat tough infections that are resistant to store bought antifungal medicine. If you have an odd foot fungus, try soothing it with a warm foot bath of dried lavender leaves.

Anxiety relief

Lavender is famous for its anti-anxiety properties. While its scent is great for immediate calm, you can also drink homemade lavender tea for similar effects. In a pinch, dab a drop of lavender oil on your wrists for a quick calm-down.

Sleep aid

Because lavender is naturally calming, it’s also a fantastic sleep aid. Make a bedtime tea of lavender to fall asleep in no time. Combine it with dried chamomile flowers to zonk out even faster!

Cold sores

Cold sores are annoying, painful, and embarrassing. While it takes them a while to go away, you can speed up the healing process with lavender. Combine lavender oil with coconut oil and spread it over the sores twice daily. Lavender’s anti-inflammatory properties will help your skin heal more quickly.

Digestive problems

Got nausea, gas, or a sour stomach? Before you grab that Pepto-Bismol, try a hot cup of lavender tea. Studies suggest lavender tea reduces inflammation in the digestive system to relieve minor discomfort.

The bottom line

Lavender is so much more than a room spray. This plant can work wonders in home remedies. Give it a try the next time you have any of these common ailments for quick, natural relief.

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The agri-food system is a giant part of our economy. It is so interwoven in our daily lives that you might just meet a seed supplier, farmer, rancher, grocer, baker (or even the trucker that moves the goods from place to place) that helped put a meal on your table and didn’t even know it! One of the main things OHH Farmgirl wishes to achieve is to inspire more women to work in agriculture and start their own agribusiness. We couldn’t think of any other organization out there that does a better job (at helping women of color, the youth and their entire community) than Phat Beets Produce in the Bay Area, California.

To an outsider, Phat Beets Produce looks like your typical CSA. But they are so much more. They call themselves a ‘food justice collective’ that started in 2007 in the North Oakland area. Without any authorization, they began a produce stand in the park and it grew from there with the help of like-minded neighbors/volunteers. They now support two certified markets: they have a youth/school farm stand in a community hub, and a youth market garden for a local hospital obesity prevention program. And yes, they do run a CSA providing buyers with a “Beet Box” full of organic food from Bay Area farmers, some with just a plot of land.

There is a real emphasis on supporting youth leadership, small-scale farmers, and farmers of color. Phat Beets aims to close the gap between urban communities and free access to healthy, affordable, culturally appropriate food. They organize community workshops on healthy food and food justice. And they’ve been able to get local businesses involved through their partner program. In fact, there is so much that Phat Beets is involved in that we cannot list all of it here!

We talked to Trishia, a volunteer and spokesperson for Phat Beets Produce, about who they are and what they’ve been up to…

What is Phat Beets Produce?

Phat beets is a collective that is working on food justice at the intersection of racial economics and transformitive justice.

Where exactly are you located in North Oakland?

We have a lot of different sites that we work from. Our office is based in the Omni, which is a building that a lot of community groups are using. And we have edible parks and gardens, we (work out of) Driver Plaza where Auntie Frances serves (free) meals, Phat Beets and The North Oakland Restorative Justice Council are partnering to reclaim land and plant fruit trees, we have a plot at Castlemont High School (around 1 acre shared with other groups) and we have youth working there (and the food from there) gets included in our CSA boxes.

What is your latest achievement?

The thing we really want get the word out to people about is that we are (now) offering free home delivery for our EBT CSA members, anywhere in Berkely and Oakland. All of our CSA produce is grown by farmers of color specifically local to the Bay Area. We really want to focus on what sets us apart from other CSA’s that may not even source from the Bay Area, all of the proceeds from our CSA are reinvested into types of community building and the work that we do. (They also want to stress the need for different neighborhoods becoming involved to make fresh organic and local produce more accessibility.)

How important is a woman’s role in your organization?

We definitely want to have women in leadership roles. There are a number of women that run the different programs. We have a program called the Kitchen Incubator and that’s specifically to empower women of color to start their own catering business. So they’re able to use kitchen space…we help sort paperwork, and we also link them up with catering gigs. There are a lot of different women involved in Phat Beets and a lot of different roles they play.

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