31 Uses For Lavender

31 Uses For Lavender

 

  1. Tea (made from dried flowers, 1 ½ tsp. flowers to 8oz. water drunk up to 4 times a day for nervous exhaustion, depression, tension headache, and indigestion)
  2. Ice cream (14oz semi-skimmed milk, 3 oz lavender leaves and flowers, 2oz chopped crystallized ginger, 1 small cup sugar, 3 egg yolks, 2 cups heavy whipping cream, lavender flowers for garnish. In a saucepan, slowly heat milk to approximately 200 F. Remove from heat and add lavender. Allow to steep for 15 minutes. Strain milk through cheesecloth while warm. Add crystallized ginger and sugar to milk. Place egg yolks into a small bowl; then put half the mixture from saucepan into the bowl to blend. Stir mixture with a spoon and pour back into the saucepan. Place over low heat and cook until mixture is approximately 200 F. Add 2 cups cold heavy whipping cream and place into fridge until well chilled. Process in any ice cream machine. During the last few minutes of ice cream processing, sprinkle in individual lavender flowers stripped from lower heads.)
  3. Dream bag (see above)
  4. Perfuming rooms
  5. Bath
  6. Burner
  7. Pot pouri (Lavender and Geranium Potpourri. 4 cups of dry lavender blossoms – 2 cups dry rose geranium leaves – 2 cups dry rosemary -1 oz. orris root – 3-6 drops of lavender oil. Mix the herbs and oil with the orris root and place in a tightly sealed container. Age 4-6 weeks, shaking daily.)
  8. Enjoy it in the garden
  9. Perfuming linens (sprigs)
  10. As an antibiotic
  11. Massage oil
  12. Disinfecting sick rooms (the stems or “straw” left after stripping the flowers can be burned like incense)
  13. On burns
  14. Wreaths
  15. Wedding bouquets
  16. In the dryer (in a lavender bag – can be used several times)
  17. Lavender ink (scented ink will give a delicate fragrance to your personal letters. ½ oz (15g) dried lavender flowers 6 tbsp water – 1 small bottle ink. Crush the lavender and put into a saucepan with the water. Bring them to the boil and simmer for about 30 minutes or until you have 2 tablespoons brown, opaque liquid left. Strain, pressing down well. Mix the liquid with the ink.)
  18. Salads (use the flowers)
  19. Cake decorations (crystallized flowers)
  20. A rosemary replacement in cooking (blossoms and leaves can be used instead of rosemary)
  21. Honey (Lavender Honey. 8oz clover honey – 4 tablespoons of dried lavender buds. Heat honey in double boiler till fully heated. Add lavender and stir. Continue over heat for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to partially cool. Place in sun for 3 hours (optional). Strain out lavender. Put honey in jar.)
  22. Lavender Sugar. (For tea or baking. Blend in a food processor 2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers with 1 cup sugar. Store in airtight container.)
  23. Headache reliever (rubbed gently onto the temples)
  24. Insect repellant (can be worn as perfume or added to a hair rinse)
  25. Pet wash (use lavender water in the final wash to keep your pet flea free)
  26. Facial cosmetic (use lavender water to clean makeup off and tone the face)
  27. Ironing (use lavender water in the iron to give your clothes a fresh scent and prolong the life of your delicate linens)
  28. Washing floors (add a few drops of the oil to your floor washing water – great for timber, tile or slate floors)
  29. Acne (lavender oil will assist in controlling and relieving acne and other associated skin problems)
  30. Basket weaving
  31. Lavender eye pillow (Silk scarf or piece of silk 5 inches by 20 inches or 10 by 10 inches – 1 cup of flaxseed – ½ cup of lavender buds. Fold silk with right sides together so it is about 5 by 10 inches. Stitch the silk together leaving a small opening at the end. Turn silk right side out. Mix flaxseed and lavender buds. Fill the silk with the lavender flaxseed mixture. Sew closed.)

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