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The essential oil of lavender has long been used in soaps, perfumes, antiseptics,  and bath salts.  In aromatherapy, the oil of lavender is used in sedative, relaxing blends.  The oil of lavandin is not as long-lasting, and is more stimulating rather than relaxing.

Lavender flowers have been marketed for centuries to fill sachets.  Known for their clean, refreshing scent, they are popular in potpourri and candles.  Lavender blooms were also steeped in vinegar by Victorian ladies for use when they “swooned” or had the “vapors”.  They are sometimes used in cooking, especially in desserts such as shortbread, whipped cream rolls, and puddings.

England was famous for its lavender farms, but there is only one, Norfolk Lavender, left.  Land has become too valuable, and lavender has become cheap.  Most lavender farms are now located in New Zealand and Australia.

Lavender Handwater
Combine 1 cup lavender flowers, 1 c. thyme, 1 c. rosemary in a bottle of white wine.  Set in a sunny window for two to three weeks (this should be done in summer when there is heat produced by the sunshine).   Strain.  Use to cleanse hands, or drink as a cordial!

Lavender Tea

Reported to be a favorite of Elizabeth I.  Mix 3 T. fresh or 1 T. dried lavender flowers with 2 c. boiling water.  Allow to steep for 3-5 min.  Strain.  Sweeten with honey.  Lavender tea has often been used for headaches.

Lavender Salad
It was once common in England to serve any fruit salad with a sprinkling of lavender blooms on a bed of lettuce.  It does give it a very different, and quite appealing flavor!  We especially like green grapes, orange slices, and strawberries mixed with the lavender flowers and a splash of Grand Marnier, then allowed to blend in the refrigerator for a bit before serving.

Lavender Honey

The best lavender honey comes from hives placed near the lavender beds, where the bees create the honey from the lavender pollen.  However, you can create your own lavender honey by heating light clover honey gently in a double boiler.  Add dried lavender blooms and stir gently.  Turn off heat, cover, and allow to cool.  Gently reheat the honey 'til it is liquid.  Strain out the flowers.  Pour into jar.  Lavender honey is wonderful on toast, biscuits, or in tea with a bit of lemon for a sore throat.