Over the next week or so I will be posting on a few lavender recipes here and there. If you have not yet discovered all of medicinal value that lavender holds please do so by looking here and here for starters!
Lavender is so calming and fragrant and beautiful. I planted a few plants this year and hope to add a few more next year. I typically purchase lavender essential oil for quite a hefty sum, but we love it and use it for a lot of different things. We use the lavender oil on mosquito bites to take away the itch. I used it on the dog when he had mange to relieve the itching. It also worked as an antiseptic to help heal where he was scratching. If you get a pimple you can put a dab of oil on that to clear it right up. The kids love it when I rub one drop of oil between my hands and then rub my hands all over their pillow before they go to sleep. They love the smell and it relaxes them.
One bottle can last a very long time. One drop can stretch really far, I mean really far! Honestly, sometimes I just have to rub the opening of the bottle on my hand and I'm good. You really don't need a lot. That's why it comes in such a tiny bottle. :) (It is not recommended to consume lavender oil because it is so strong it might make you feel sick. Buds and flowers however are used in many recipes to get that subtle lavender flavor.)
Since lavender oil works so well for so many different things I decided it was time to put my plants to good use. Lavender sugar is the first up on my list.......
My mom is constantly telling me about some new amazing thing you can do with lavender and making lavender sugar is one of them.
It's so easy I can see why it's becoming popular. I was at the flea market this past Sunday and noticed a tiny bottle of lavender sugar on a table with a little note encouraging people to try some. It wasn't for sale or anything, just someone spreading the word about the benefits of lavender.
To make your lavender sugar you will need a cup of sugar, I used raw. At least 2 Tbsp. of fresh or dried lavender buds. I believe that dried lavender is more potent than fresh, so when using fresh you always need a little more than if you use dried.
Place sugar and buds in a jar. Close the lid and keep it closed for up to two weeks. Shake your jar daily! After two weeks you should have a beautifully flavored sugar. Sprinkle your sugar on cookies, or muffins, add the sugar to any recipe for a hint of lavender flavor.
It smells beautiful and it looks very pretty too!
I think a small jar of lavender sugar would make a beautiful wedding favor for guests if your wedding color happens to be lavender, purple, or periwinkle. Substitute the raw sugar for the usual white sugar. You could also add sprigs of lavender to the center pieces of your table (if you're using flowers) to keep with the lavender theme.
(As with any herbs or vitamins if you are nursing or pregnant, or have health concerns please check with your doctor before using.)