Sequim, Washington, is the official Lavender Capital of the U.S. thanks to its abundant fields of the fragrant herb.
This weekend (Jul. 17-19), the town will host its 13th Annual Sequim Lavender Festival and organizer Mickie Vail says relaxation is inevitable.
Due to the numerous lavender farms in the area, the soothing scent of the herb is constantly wafting through the air.
Since lavender has stress relieving properties, Sequim could be a retreat for those who want to forget their troubles.
Vail says residents of the retirement community embrace the values of the herb and are usually fairly relaxed.
Besides relieving stress, lavender has many other uses.
Vail says its used in lotions, potions, dryer sheets, and bath salts as well as an antiseptic.
It can even be used for cooking, and is a favorite local ingredient in bread mixes, teas, salad dressings, and BBQ sauce.
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