Lavender Can Be Used In Recipes As Well As Crafts
Once you find yourself lured by the fragrance of Lavender, you may find yourself coming up with many ways to use dried Lavender buds and oil. Lavender flowers are pretty when added to a vase, and tasty when baked into cookies or added to an icy cold Martini.
Every time I stop in at my favorite nursery, I find my feet headed in the direction of the Lavender plants. I am not sure what I like more about lavender? Perhaps it's the soft sweet relaxing scent, the delicate purple color of the flower, or the wonderful things I have learned I can do with dried Lavender buds and Lavender oil.
There are many ways dried Lavender can be used to enrich one's life. You can simply enjoy the soft peaceful scent while soaking in a hot tube laced with lavender buds or add a bit of Lavender oil to your dog's collar to ward off nasty fleas. Perhaps just add a few lavender stems to a vase, and enjoy the sheer beauty, and the scent of the lavender flower.
Lavender is a great herb to have around the house. I have been growing Lavender for many years, and I have used Lavender buds in crafting a menagerie of useful items, as well as culinary treats. I hope you will enjoy this article, and try a few of my Lavender projects.
Lavender Antiseptic Properties
Lavender And First Aid
Lavender is well known for its antiseptic properties and will work to stave off wound infection and speed the healing process. For minor cuts and scrapes, clean the wound with mild soap and water, apply a drop or two of essential Lavender oil to the wound, then dress with a bandage.
Minor Burns - Lavender Is Soothing
For a mild burn - add 3-4 drops of essential lavender oil to the burn area, cover lightly with gauze. You will be pleased as the sting or itch disappears.
Do You Suffer From Insomnia?
Lightly spray your pillowcase with Lavender linen spray. Take a few deep breaths and relax, focus this relaxation at your feet, and slowly relax each body part until you have reached your head. After 7 to 14 days your body will be somewhat trained to relax to the effects of the Lavender scent.
Take a wonderful soothing warm bath, add 25 drops of essential lavender oil to your next bath, or added a few tablespoons of lavender buds to a handkerchief, and tie securely to ensure buds stay in a handkerchief, then float the handkerchief for a few minutes before getting into the bath. Lavender relaxes tired muscles, and also is a great skin moisturizer.
Got A Bug Bite?
Add a drop of essential Lavender oil right to that bug bit, rub it in a bit. Lavender oil can help reduce swelling, pain, and itching. It can also work to speed up healing. Great for nasty bee stings!
In a spray, container Add 20 drops of essential Lavender oil to 1 1/2 cups of distilled water. Spray this mixture on sunburned skin. The sting will diminish, and the wonderful scent is soothing. Make sure not to spray near eyes. Use soaked cotton ball if used on facial skin.
Fatigue Feet - Sooth Those Feet
Add 1/2 cup crushed Lavender buds to 1/2 cup Epsom salts to a foot bath. Add warm water, and enjoy.
Another option - Place 10 - 15 drops of essential Lavender oil into the warm foot bath. Soak feet for 30 minutes. You will find yourself refreshed, and ready to go.
Scenting Your Stationary
Why Not Scent Your Sentiments
I want to share one of my best-kept secrets. I like to scent my stationary with the wonderful scent of Lavender. I make wonderful lavender sachets with my dried lavender buds and old vintage hankies. Quite accidentally I added a sachet to a drawer where I kept stationary. After some time had passed I realized my stationary picked up the wonderful soft lavender smell. I think it's rather special to send off my signature scent in a special letter or greeting card.
Tuck a Lavender sachet in with your washcloths - You will enjoy the soft scent when washing your face.
Sachets Are So Easy To Make
Sachets are very easy to make. I love to use vintage hankies or vintage fabric to create mine. However, you can use almost any fabric to make a wonderful Sachet. I use heavy cotton to construct the Lavender bud bag for the bath.
Cut two double pieces of cotton into a square, sew it on three sides, leaving one side open unstitched. After sewing, I turn it right side out. I stuff the square full of dried Lavender buds, and then turn the top edges in, and sew the top fourth side securely. This leaves me with a bag full of fragrant lavender buds that are sewn on all four sides. These little gems can be used in a bath, or just as a drawer sachet.
The Hankie Sachet - fold a hankie like an envelope. Sew it together by hand at the middle point of the envelope. Next place the Lavender bag into it hankie envelope, and lower the triangle point down to in close my sachet, you can choose to sew this point down. I like to leave it unstitched, this enables me to launder the sachets cover when needed, and also I can bruise the Lavender buds as frequently as needed to enhance the lavender fragrance.
Keep in mind craft stores carry pre-made sachet bags, which cost about $ 1.00.
Freshen Your Carpets With Lavender and Baking Soda
Have you ever considered making your own carpet freshener? Actually, it's is easy to do, plus homemade carpet freshener contains no harmful chemicals.
Add 1 cup baking soda to a small container of your choice, a canning jar is what I use. Grind 2 tablespoons of dried Lavender buds (I use a coffee grinder to lightly grind dried Lavender buds. You can also add the Lavender buds between two sheets of wax paper, and roll the buds with a rolling pin if you don't have a coffee grinder. The point of grinding or breaking down the buds is to release the Lavender scent.
Mix the buds with the baking soda. Sprinkle a small amount to the carpet, wait 30 minutes, vacuum. The scent will be very light, not overpowering as many store-bought brands. The Lavender will also help deodorize that stale vacuum odor. The scent will be noted the next time you use your vacuum cleaner. This mixture also can help chase any bugs or spiders away, Lavender is a great bug repellent.
Lavender Can Chase Away Fleas? Make Your Pet a Flea Collar
Did you know Lavender is a great flea repellent? Lavender can help repels bugs such as fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, and more, without skin irritation.
How To Make A Flea Collar - Want to make your pet a flea collar? Just add a few drops of Lavender oil to a bandanna or woven rope type dog collar. The Lavender will not only help with pet odor, but the lavender oil will also repel fleas, many kinds of bugs.
Does your dog sleep in a dog bed or have a favorite blanket? Tuck a sachet of lavender under the lining of the bed or spray that blanket with a bit of Lavender linen spray. This can help keep your pet's bed bug-free. You can also just add drops of Lavender oil to the final rinse when washing your pet's blanket. Bugs just don't appreciate the smell of Lavender as we do.
This rinse can aid in decreasing skin surface bacteria
Rose's Lavender Hair Rinse -- Does Your Dog Have Skin Problems?
I developed this special lavender rinse for my sweet little dog Rose.
This natural rinse can aid in decreasing skin surface bacteria, healing sores, and give soothing relief from the itchy scaly irritated skin. The rinse is applied after shampooing, and shampoo has been rinsed out. Rose's rinse is used as a final step to the dog's bath. Just apply the rinse and leave it on. Do not rinse. I have had great results using my rinse recipe on my own Westie "Rose". Rose's skin went from raw itchy skin to wonderfully normal skin, within a couple of months. Where prior to using this soothing lavender enhanced rinse, she needed daily doses of an oral steroid.
Rose's rinse is not just for dogs. If you have dandruff or itchy scalp, try Rose's natural rinse. You most likely have all the ingredients right in your pantry.
3 tablespoons white vinegar
2 cups warm water
1 chamomile tea bag or 1 tablespoon dried chamomile flowers in a tea ball.
1 tablespoon Lavender dried flower buds.
1 cup boiling water --- to steep the dried flowers in.
Let the dried flowers steep for about 1½ hour.
If you did not use a tea ball, strain out dried flowers.
Mix the tea solution with the vinegar and the remaining warm water. Cool to room temperature.
Pour over the dog's coat, do not rinse. The vinegar smell will dissipate as the dog becomes dry.
It works great on humans too. Enjoy
Here are A Few Of My Favorite Lavender Recipes - Lavender Lemonade
I love lavender lemonade, I like to serve herbs from my garden. It just makes any recipe special.
Makes a generous quart
3-1/2 cups water
1 cup of sugar
5 fresh lavender flower heads or 1-1/2 teaspoons dried culinary Lavender (see note)
2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, strained
juice of 1 lime.
4 sprigs fresh lavender, for garnish
1. Combine 1 cup of water with the sugar in a medium saucepan over a hot flame and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add the remaining 2-1/2 cups water and the fresh or dried Lavender and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer. (If using dried lavender, put it in a tea ball.) Remove from the heat and let the mixture steep for 20 minutes, or until it has a light lavender taste.
2. Strain the mixture into a pitcher or jar, and stir in the lemon juice, along with lime juice. Refrigerate until it is cold.
3. To serve, pour the lemonade over a glass of ice and garnish with a sprig of fresh Lavender.
The lemonade will be pink, due to Lavender buds.
Lemon Lavender Martini ...
Lavender Lemonade Martini
If you like a good Martini - now and then. Try my recipe for this oh so taste Lavender Lemonade Martini.
Make a batch of Lavender Lemonade ( recipe instructions above)
Fill a martini shaker with ice (About 3/4 full)
Add 2 shots Vodka (Plain Vodka or Lemon Vodka)
3 shots of Lavender Lemonade.
Shake it up.
If you want a bit of piazza, .slice a lemon in half slice a thin slice of lemon weave a sprig of lavender through the lemon slice. add the masterpiece over the rim of your martini glass.
Want a bit of Lavender fragrance?
Mix !/2 cup sugar
1/2 tea of finely ground lavender bud. (I grind with an electric coffee grinder).
Add your mixings to a flat plate.
Run lemon slice around the rim of the glass, dip the moistened rim in your Lavender sugar.
If the booze doesn't relax you - the wonderful light lavender scent will.
Candied Lavender Pecans - So Good !
These candied pecans are special. They are simply delicious.
They are great not only as a munchies snack, try them added to salads, on top of pudding, and pies, not to mention sprinkled over ice cream sundaes.
1 cup of sugar
1 pound whole pecan halves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg white at room temp.
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon Lavender dried buds
Heat oven to 300 degrees
In a spice grinder,(may also use a food processor) pulse together salt, sugar, lavender until well ground.
Combine ground mixture with cinnamon, set to the side.
Beat egg white and water together until frothy, not stiff.
Add pecans to wet mixture, make sure to coat all with egg mixture.
sprinkle coated pecans in the dry mixture.
Foil a cookie sheet.
Spread coated pecans on to cookie sheet.
bake for 30 minutes turning pecans about every 10 minutes.
Remove from oven, separate nuts if any are stuck together, cool. Enjoy...
Lavender Mint Shortbread Cookies
I love this recipe it enables me to use my own lavender, and mint right from my garden.
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup sifted confectioner's sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 tsp. finely grated lemon peel
2 Tbsp Lavender flowers, chopped fine
1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
Cream butter, then add the next 5 ingredients. Mix with an electric mixer on low speed until batter is light and fluffy. Add the last 3 ingredients, and mix well with mixer.
Divide dough in half, flatten dough on waxed paper, cover, and chill until dough is firm.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
After a chill time, Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness on a floured surface. Then cut into 1 1/2" circles, press designs on top if desired. (you can use cookie cutters if you wish.)
cover cookie sheet with cookie sheets waxed paper.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Cool slightly and then transfer to wire rack to further cool. The recipe makes approximately 2 dozen cookies. Depending on the size of the cookie cutter.
If desired when cookies are cool, dust lightly with powdered sugar.
Karina on January 15, 2015:
I thought sufnolwers did the same thing but I have also seen fields that did not turn their heads and started to question whether or not I was right about that. Yet, I have watched the daisies do it again and again, so I know they do! You should keep and eye on yours!
anonymous on February 03, 2014:
Nice lens! I have to go sniff some lavender now...
laurenrich on March 12, 2013:
I love the scent of lavender. This is a very beautiful lens. Thanks for sharing.
BodyWrap on December 22, 2012:
Very extensive information about lavender. Good job!
oiloflife on September 25, 2012:
Very good information. Thanks for sharing!
Laychee on August 14, 2012:
I love Lavender :) Thanks for this lens.
Renuwu on July 24, 2011:
My goodness, I didn't know that my favourite plant has so many uses.
Thank you for such an interesting lens.
RinchenChodron on July 23, 2009:
Great lens - I also have a lens on lavender some of your readers might want to check out. I'm rating this one 5*s
anonymous on July 21, 2008:
Love love love it! Welcome to the Flowers, Flowers, and more Flowers Group!