Lavender flowers have loads of uses
There is a great reason why Lavender is one of the most popular herbs across the world, it has so many uses you can’t help but love it. At Naturallythinking we love Lavender; we grow it, dry it, put it in our products, burn it and bath in it. We just can’t get enough of it. As well as all that we have a special affinity for Lavender; we were founded in Carshalton, which has hundreds of years of Lavender heritage. Our current warehouse is located on the original route to the distillery from the Lavender fields close by.
Lavender flowers contain the essential oil that is so popular across the world in special cells, that is what gives Lavender its distinctive smell. The flowers and oil have many different uses from culinary to freshening your drawers.
Using your Lavender Flowers
Many uses of Lavender Flowers involve drying them – I have written a blog post about drying your Lavender flowers here.
Tea – Use dried lavender alone or add it to chamomile flowers, oat straw or other calming herbs. If you have a tea pot for drinking loose tea you can also add some Lavender in with the tea.
Wreath – Use your fresh Lavender flowers to form a pretty wreath.
Salad Dressing – Mix together dried Lavender petals with olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, crushed garlic clove and mustard power to make a tasty salad dressing. Just shake together and pour over!
Potatoes – This one is a personal favourite. Add your dried lavender petals to your roast potatoes when they go in the oven. For a stronger taste of Lavender you can add them to the oil and leave them to soak for a couple of hours before adding to the potatoes.
Baking – Add dried lavender buds to scones and cakes when baking.
Lavender Bag – Add dried lavender buds in a muslin bag and place under your pillow or in your clothes drawers to add a fresh smell.
Lavender Lemonade – Add 1 cup of water to a pan and bring to the boil, add 1 cup sugar and stir until dissolved. Add a handful of dried Lavender and stir. Remove it from the heat and cover, leave for between 1 and 2 hours. Finally stir in one cup of lemon juice and 4 cups of water.
Any other ideas for using your flowers? I look forward to hearing them!