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September 2016 Issue

Lavender Beyond Aroma; Health Impact of Altitude

Lavender, a member of the mint family, has a sweet floral flavor that is intensified with drying. Dried lavender is part of the mixture of herbs called Herbes de Provence, but it can be used safely alone as a flavoring for baked goods, desserts, and beverages. At higher altitudes, often defined as 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) above sea level, atmospheric pressure begins to affect human physiology. As altitude increases the amount of oxygen in the air decreases, making it more difficult to breathe and function normally.

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