(Lavandula officinalis) Lavender is a flowering perennial herb that is native to the Mediterranean, primarily Spain and France. While it is now cultivated in many other places, a vast amount of the lavender available for purchase today is still grown in France.
Lavender has been used both medicinally and for cosmetic and culinary purposes for thousands of years.
These beautifully fragrant flowers can be found in lotions, soaps, eye pillows, bath blends, massage blends and more. Muslin bags filled with lavender make a fabulous sachet for your clothing drawer or in the dryer to infuse your clothes with this heady smell. Add some to the bath to help alleviate tension, stress and insomnia.
A popular French blend of herbs for cooking, called Herbes de Provence, sometimes contains lavender flowers and is used on chicken, vegetables and meat. Lavender also enhances tea, cookies, cakes and more.
Medicinally, the aroma (both dried and brewed) is thought to be uplifting and calming.
Brew 1 tsp of herb in 1 cup of water at 212º - steep for 5 minutes.
LAVENDER SHORTBREAD COOKIES
1 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp. ground lavender flowers
Blend the softened butter in an electric mixer. Add the sugar and vanilla and blend until smooth.
Mix the flour, salt and ground lavender. Gradually add this blend to the butter/sugar and mix until the dough comes together.
Place dough on a sheet of waxed paper, roll into a log (approx. 2.5" in diameter) and tightly seal. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 375 and grease a cookie sheet.
Slice the log into 1/3" cookies, place on cookie sheets, and bake until the edges are a golden brown.
Substitute for rosemary in many bread recipes
Put the flowers in sugar and seal tightly for a couple of weeks. Use this sugar in your favorite dessert recipes.
For a professional finish, use to garnish ice cream, cakes, and more.
Mix with softened butter to use on scones, cakes, etc. You can also blend lavender and butter with savory herbs (such as parsley, thyme, tarragon, chives) or garlic to use on a variety of dishes ranging from poultry to vegetables.
Lavender Massage Oil
½ cup almond or canola oil
1 Tbsp lavender flowers
Mix together the lavender and the oil.
There are a few methods for infusing the lavender aroma into the oil. You can either:
Place the mixture in a glass jar, seal, and put in a sunny place for 2 weeks. Shake at least once a day. After 2 weeks, strain the herbs from the oil. Or
Heat the mixture gently in the microwave or in a double boiler on the stove. Do not boil. Cool. Strain the herbs from the oil.
Lavender Salad Dressing
6 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tbsp. Lemon or Lime Juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. Whole Grain Mustard
2 Tbsp. Honey
1 tsp. Dried Lavender Flowers
Use a blender or whisk all ingredients. Enjoy!
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Please Note: The information given here has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
|Lovely enough on its own, but exceptionally nice when you mix it with berry or other floral teas. Ive also made a wonderful hair rinse with it.|
|Theres lavender infusing in oil, next to that is lavender extract brewing. In the sock drawer theres an old sock w/ buds in it and a little bag tucked in my pillow. So yes great product|
|- Terry, MI|