Nicole's FAVORITE FORTY
Posted: Jun 29 2018
To culminate the celebration of lavender harvest here in Wine Country I decided to share with you my Favorite Forty uses of lavender! The essential oil that comes from this plant is the base for all of our blends and we buy from our local growers in SONOMA, NAPA and SANTA BARBARA.
But, there are SO many ways to use lavender in both it's fresh, dried and distilled forms. Here are my Forty Favorites:
The key to using lavender in the kitchen is remembering a little goes a long way! If you add too much it will be like eating perfume and will make your dish bitter. Also, make sure you purchase CULINARY lavender that has been farmed with the intent of personal consumption.
1) Add lavender to your simple syrup recipe and use it in lemonade, jam, sorbet or cocktail.
2) Substitute lavender for rosemary when roasting a chicken or in a bread recipe
3) Put the flowers in a tightly sealed container with sugar for a couple of weeks then use the sugar in place of ordinary sugar for cake, buns or custards.
4) Use the flowers as a garnish to beautify your cocktails, salads, main dishes or desserts.
5) Lavender Salt Rub: 2 tablespoons black peppercorns, 3 tablespoons salt free garlic powder, 2 tablespoons salt, 1.5 tablespoons dried lavender. Place all ingredients in a mini chopper and blend to powder. Wonderful on roasted chicken quarters or tri tip with some olive oil.
6) Infuse your vodka for a perfect refreshing summertime cocktail.
7) Lavender tea before bed. Every. Night.
Summer is a time for travel which can be stressful with delays, lost luggage and lack of routine. I never travel without my lavender- a rollerball, bottle of flower water and sachets of dried flower. I know the scent will calm and relax me- and it's like always having that comforting friend by your side.
8) Slip a couple of sachets of dried lavender in your suitcase. Your clothes will smell fresh when you arrive.
9) Make your own flower water by placing water, 1/2 tsp rubbing alcohol, and 60 drops of lavender essential oil in a small (2oz) spray bottle. You can use this on the plane to freshen or calm, in your room, on your clothes, etc.
10) Slip the sachets in your pillowcases to freshen the bed and help you sleep.
11) Leave the sachets in the closet to keep clothes smelling fresh
12) Bring the sachet in the bathroom while you shower. The steam will give your whole room and extra boost of sunshine.
13) Use your rollerball and essential oils often. Unlike synthetic perfume that stays forever and can be overpowering, essential oils dissipate and die like any living thing so don't be afraid to reapply.
14) If you feel a headache coming on drink a big glass of water (you may be dehydrated from travel) and rub a few drops of essential oils into your temples. Breathe.
15) Buy a really pretty diffuser and keep near your bed or in your bathroom. You will love the way it looks AND smells.
16) Add 30 drops of essential oil to a cup of baking soda and let sit for a few hours. Use to deodorize and freshen carpet by sprinkling a bit, let sit for 10 minutes then vacuum.
17) Add a few drops of essential oils to unscented laundry detergent.
18) Add a dried lavender sachet to your dryer.
19) Use the flower water recipe from above as a light spray to clothes when you iron.
20) Combine water, white vinegar and lavender essential oil for a quick cleaning spray that is effective and doesn't surround you in toxic chemicals.
21) Drop some essential oil on cotton balls and place in drawers, closets and cupboards to keep your deodorize, repel insects, and keep your home smelling fresh.
22) Add a few drops of essential oil to your unscented dish soap. Cleaning dishes never made you so relaxed!
23) Drop a cotton ball with essential oils into your vacuum bag to keep the vacuum and your home smelling great!
24) Use lavender as an accent or primary in your floral décor. It smells good AND it's pretty.
One of the best known uses of lavender is to treat burns but it also makes a great insect repellent, antibacterial agent and antiseptic medicine.
25) When you get a burn in the kitchen immediately apply lavender essential oil and continue to do so throughout the day. This will not only lesson the pain but reduce the scarring.
26) Got a cut? Immediately apply a drop of lavender to reduce the pain, minimize the bleeding and lower the risk of infection.
27) Sunburn? Mix a few drops of lavender essential oil with coconut oil and rub on affected area to ease the pain.
28) Most essential oils make great insect repellants- and lavender happens to smell like you are wearing a subtle perfume. I happen to know from experience that any WCB lotion, applied before an outing, will keep the bugs away.
29) Got a bug bite? Apply a few drops of lavender essential oil to minimize the itching.
The uses of lavender in this category truly are limitless! Where do I start...
30) Have a fussy child (or spouse)? Put a few drops of essential oil in a neutral (unscented) oil- I like apricot kernel or jojoba- and give your loved one a foot rub just before bedtime. This is one of my favorite memories from raising my kids. I believed a routine at bedtime would help them become great sleepers and this was often part of the program. I didn't always have the energy, but when I did it was a great moment for BOTH of us.
31) Put a few drops of essential oils in your bath. Breathe.
32) Put a few drops of essential oil on your pillow just before bed. Breathe.
33) Headache? Put a few drops of essential oil on a cold compress and place on your forehead for 5-10 minutes. Breathe.
34) My favorite face toner is witch hazel and lavender essential oil. Twenty to thirty drops of essential oil to1 oz of witch hazel. If it's hot where you live keep in the fridge and enjoy the moment with some lemonade.
35) Lavender Honey face mask. You know I love our BEES! We use beeswax in our sugar scrub and we wouldn't have lavender without them! For a luxurious homemade mask use 2 TBLS raw, unfiltered (preferably local) honey and combine with 1tsp fresh lemon juice and 1/4tsp fresh or dried lavender flower. Combine ingredients, spread the mask on your face and leave for 5-10 minutes. Breathe. Rinse.
36) In the mood for romance? Pick a neutral base oil like argan, jojoba or apricot oil and blend 30 drops of lavender essential oil for each ounce of base oil. You can combine lavender with sandalwood, rose or patchouli essential oils to spice things then get to work on that sensual full body massage. Pay close attention to the hands and the feet.
37) Place a few drops of lavender on a loofah or body brush and brush dry skin before showering. This will exfoliate, improve circulation and support your lymphatic system. (Look for a blog specifically about this soon!)
38) Blend lavender essential oil with a base oil and salt or sugar for a simple shower exfoliant.
39) Put lavender (dried or a few drops of essential oils) in a bowl of hot water and use a steam to open pores as part of an at home facial.
40) For a deep hair conditioner blend 50 drops of lavender with 1 ounce of jojoba oil. Let sit for as long as possible- I usually leave in overnight. Rinse and watch hair shine!
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