Notes from the Lake

The official Blog of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

Essential oils can help with many of the problems we encounter in summer months. Treating sunburn and insect bites, repelling insects and controlling fire ants are all possible with plant derived oils. Here are some recipes to help you have a more fragrant and enjoyable summer season:

Mosquito bite treatment
8 drops lavender
2 tablespoons unscented lotion
Mix together and apply to bites every hour until itching and redness is gone. Generally one or two applications are all that is…

Bumper Crop of Basil

22nd July 2013

This summer we have a bumper crop of basil – 29 different varieties! That’s one for each year that I have been here at the spa. I didn’t plan it that way, that’s just what I found this year. Some of our old favorites are back, like Mrs. Burn’s lemon basil.

Last year this basil was so popular that I planted an entire row of Key Lime Basil. So there is plenty for guests, staff and the kitchen. I love the flavor in lemonade, with tomatoes and even in watermelon margaritas!

A…

We live in the South, so it’s okay to acknowledge (complain?) that summers can be miserable!  It’s hot; we sweat.  The humidity rises; our energy falls.  And, if we’re uncomfortable in the short time required to exit our air-conditioned car, walk across a parking lot, and enter an air-conditioned building, how can we possibly be expected to exercise outdoors for any length of time?  Subsequently, when the heat arrives, many choose to abandon their fitness pursuits and wait for the…