It’s been one of those days. It’s raining, the cat has been sick all over the clean sheets, your toddler is teething and she’s on auto-whine, she’s getting into everything in your path and literally thinks she’s your fifth limb. You can’t get anything done because all your energy and focus has to go into cooking, cleaning, paying attention to the mini, and all the while, you have a cold that just won’t quit. Yah, it’s been one of those days.

When you’re having one of those days, it’s hard to stop, take a deep breath and decompress. Your thoughts are spiraling and your emotions are taking control. It’s hard to just live in the moment and take all the crap coming your way with a smile. But the thing about all of it is that learning to let go of the little things makes those ‘tough’ days much easier to roll off your shoulders. Your cat puked, so what? Pop those sheets in the wash. Your boss has piled on the work? Okay, take it one step at a time. It’s raining on your beach day? Let it go, open that book you keep telling yourself you’re going to read and listen to the soothing rain fall.

Now, we say this but it’s definitely easier said than done. Like we mentioned, emotions can take control and when they are in your head, sometimes it’s hard to let them go. These emotions can ruin your moment, and cause sleepless nights due to overthinking. But, there are some great holistic tips we have for you to help you get into your zen space and just enjoy whatever the moment throws your way.

Tactics like meditation or breathing exercises, yoga, affirmations, reading, cooking, drawing or taking a moment for yourself are great ways to help let go of tension, enjoy your personal space and time and decompress. However, there is one thing that we absolutely love, love, love for when we’re tossing and turning with too many thoughts at night, and when our days seem long and heavy…and that’s the wonderful scent of lavender. C’mon, there’s a reason why they have lavender festivals friends.

We love all essential oils, and diffuse them on a regular basis, but the one that stands out the most when we feel anxiety and stress is lavender! Not only can you diffuse the oil, you can grow it and use as potpourri, or, better yet, eat it! Lavender is becoming ever popular in the culinary world, not only is it unbelievably fragrant and adds a little floral pzazz to your cooking, but when you are cooking with it and smelling it, it is so incredibly relaxing. Cooking has never been more enjoyable than when you are sniffing away at some lavender buds while you’re at it (oh yes, and it makes everything prettier as well).


So, you may be thinking… lavender, for real? IN my food? Yes, definitely! We find that lavender works best with sweet flavoured foods and love adding it to our baking, salad dressings, as well, combined with a vanilla flavour, like white chocolate, vanilla ice cream or even yogurt. If you add a small amount of ground lavender (using a mortar and pestle works the best) you can hardly taste it, but if you really want some lavender oomph, throw in whole, dried petals.

You can sprinkle them on ice cream with some toasted coconut shreds, top your chocolate before it sets, or just sprinkle on the batter of your baked goods before you pop them into the oven. Did we forget to mention lavender icing? Delicious!



We can ramble on about the soothing effect lavender has on your nervous system. Smelling it is the best way to enjoy the calm that it brings, but not only does it work wonders on the nerves, it has other health benefits as well. Here are 4 additional health benefits lavender provides:

1) SKIN LESIONS & ACNE: Use lavender essential oil as spot treatment for acne and skin irritants. Lavender has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, which can help calm redness and acne spots.

2) FOR BURNS AND WOUNDS: Use lavender mixed with aloe gel to assist in healing burns and wounds. Just as stated above, the antibacterial properties lavender contains can help speed up healing time.

3) DIFFUSE LAVENDER: Use a diffuser or keep potpourri jar beside your bed at night to help sleep.

4) DIGESTIVE UPSETS: Mellow out your bloat and digestive issues caused from candida or bad bacteria overgrowth. Antioxidants that lavender contains can help minimize the proliferation of unhealthy gut bacteria, and promote friendly belly bacteria to thrive.



Today, we’re all about the culinary aspect of lavender, and have created a delicious vegan and gluten-free Anti-Anxiety Lemon Lavender Poppyseed Muffin! These muffins are amazing, they are low sugar, contain healthy fats from coconut flour and coconut oil, vitamin C from lemon zest and are gentle on your digestive system with no dairy or grains.

Check out the recipe for your next anti-anxiety treat!

Note: Lavender is incredibly potent, if you add too much to your treats you may not enjoy it the way it should be enjoyed. We use a mortar and pestle to grind the lavender buds prior to use, and sprinkle a very small amount on the top afterwards. You can also chop it up very finely, or use a bud grinder.



G/F Lemon, Poppyseed & Lavender Anti-Anxiety Muffins

These delicious vegan and gluten-free Anti-Anxiety Lemon Lavender Poppyseed Muffin are amazing! They are low sugar, contain healthy fats from coconut flour and coconut oil, vitamin C from lemon zest and are gentle on your digestive system with no dairy or grains.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 204 kcal



  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Line a muffin tin with coconut oil or muffin liners.
  3. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl (first 7 ingredients).
  4. Mix all the wet ingredients into a separate bowl, whisk for about 30 seconds.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly until well combined. Sprinkle a small amount of lavender on each muffin, for extra lavender flavour. Be careful not to sprinkle too much as it will overpower the muffin.
  6. Evenly portion your batter into muffin liners and bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Recipe Notes

*If your gluten-free flour blend doesn't have xanthan gum, add 1 tsp of xanthan gum to your dry ingredient mix. ** You may want to grind the lavender buds so that they are a powder consistency and can blend into the muffin better. If you use whole buds, they become very fragrant when you bite into them and can be overpowering. Grind using a mortar & pestle, or finely chop.

Nutrition Facts
G/F Lemon, Poppyseed & Lavender Anti-Anxiety Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 153mg 6%
Potassium 80mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 9g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.8%
Vitamin C 11.6%
Calcium 6.9%
Iron 5.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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