Uses for Lavender

I have a lot of lavender in my garden, it is absolutely beautiful! I am looking for ways to use it. My mother used to use Lavender to scent drawers - but I am not sure the best way to use it. Can anybody please help?

Kathrine from United Kingdom

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July 5, 20080 found this helpful

I also grow lavender, in pots by my front door, The smell in the summer is amazing! I just pick some and put it in places around the house I just tuck it wherever I want to enjoy a little bit of scent. You can also use the leaves and stems in sachets or potpourri. I even keep a bit on my dashboard when the sun or my heater warms it I can really get a good wiff! For the dashboard I take a few flowers stems and all and tie a ribbon around it in a bow, I do this so it doesn't fall into my heating duct, I really wouldn't know how to explain how I got flowers in my heater to a mechanic lol good luck, ~S

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July 6, 20080 found this helpful

Did you know that you can make a tea with lavender? I have made lavender rice too. they have a very subtle flavor. Lavender is a ver soothing aroma.

Recipes are here

http://www.napa-lavender.com/content/recipes.htm

http://www.happyvalleylavender.com/lavender_recipes.html

I'm sure that there are more if you google recipes

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July 8, 20080 found this helpful

lavender vinegar is lovely and fairly easy to do. Take a tall glass jar or bottle with a removeable lid. Take lavender, stems and all, as long as possible and tie them in small bunches that will fit through the jar or bottle opening with ease using white thread. Place the bunch into the bottle, making sure the stems do not extend over the lip of the opening. Gently heat, just until warm, enough white vinegar to cover the lavender flowers. Pour over the lavender bunches in the bottle/jar, leaving a space at the top so you can shake the bottle later. Let cool and cap. Put in cool, dark place for about 10-14 days, agitating the vinegar gently every few days. At the end of the aging period, remove the lavender stems and strain the vinegar through cheesecloth and then again through paper coffee filters. Be sure the utensils u use are non-reactive to vineager and will not be used for future food preparation. This vineagar makes a nice face tonic or skin refresher and perfume, especially if kept cool.

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July 8, 20080 found this helpful

I still treasure the lavender wand my grandmother made for me, I'm still grateful that she showed me how, and hers still smells so nice, decades later.

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July 8, 20080 found this helpful

My Dad LOVES these!

LAVENDER SHORTBREAD COOKIES

1 1/2 cups butter, softened

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup sifted confectioners sugar

2 TB fresh lavender flowers, chopped fine (or 1 TB dried)

1 TB chopped fresh mint (or 1 tsp dried)

1 tsp lemon juice

2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/4 tsp salt

Cream butter and add next 5 ingredients. Mix by hand, or with electric mixer on low, until light and fluffy. Add the last 3 ingredients and mix well. Divide dough in half, flatten, cover and chill until firm. Preheat oven to 325. Roll out to 1/2 thickness on floured surface and cut into 1 1/2 circles; press designs on top, if desired. (You can also use cookie cutters.) Bake 18 to 20 minutes on parchment paper covered cookie sheets. Cool slightly and transfer to wire rack. Makes approximately 2 dozen, depending on size of cookie.

Optional: When cool, dust lightly with powdered sugar flavored with lavender flowers.

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July 11, 20080 found this helpful

I have a ton of Lavender too.....'Munstead' and 'Vera'. If you like the taste of turpentine by all means go for it LOL! I just use the plants to make wands. After they dry they can be left as is in wands or you can strip the dried buds from the stems and use in sachets, potpourri, ect.

I harvest wands just as a few flower buds actually fully open but are mostly still in tight bud form. I take them back into the foliage as I harvest and round the shrubs as I go. A sharp scissors works well. Mine re-bloom in late summer/fall for a 2nd round of wands.

I leave a few go to seed in fall for the finches too....they love it! Also I get lots of baby lavender seedlings each spring for give-aways :)

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