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Drying & Using Lavender

Lavender is an amazing plant in the home herb garden. It’s gorgeous, smells incredible, and is very attractive to bees and other pollinator insects. Lavender is more than just a pretty garden face, however; it’s also incredibly useful. Thankfully drying & using lavender is quite easy.

Using & Drying Lavender - Homespun Seasonal Living

Drying:

It really doesn’t get any easier than this: Hang your lavender in a place out of direct sunlight and dry until good and crispy.  Once dried, remove the flower buds from the stalks.  I do over this over a large bowl for ease.  Store the dried buds in an airtight container until ready to use.  Now that you have all that aromatic, delicious, and medicinal herb in your pantry here are some ideas to use it up.

Culinary Uses:

Pesto, seriously.  In The Herbal Kitchen, the author uses it in several different pesto recipes including one she calls Anti Plague Pesto because of all the immune building and anti-bacterial herbs like lavender, basil, parsley, and more.

Lavender works well in many meat marinades and tastes super amazing with honey glazes.

Use a teaspoon of dried lavender in cupcakes or cookies for a totally different take but incredibly yummy dessert.

Lavender lemonade served with lavender cookies makes for a delightful afternoon break.

Medicinal Uses:

Lavender has many medicinal properties and can be used in a variety of applications:

In The Essential Herbal for Natural Health, the author suggests combining it with catnip in a dream pillow to help children sleep.

It makes a delightful and calming salve that is anti-inflammatory and soothing to dry skin.

Rosemary Gladstar uses it in a variety of ways including baths and teas to help calm nerves and anxiety.

As you put that garden to bed, think about keeping some lavender on your spice rack and in your medicine cabinet for internal and external health this coming winter.

What’s your favorite way to use lavender?

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Fernanda

Wednesday 6th of May 2020

Is it safe to eat any lavender species?

Kathie Lapcevic

Thursday 7th of May 2020

Yes, though admittedly some taste better than others.

Liisa Kokko

Sunday 7th of January 2018

Thank you for all the new ways to use lavender. I have some dry flowers I was going to plant in pots in spring. Now I'm going to eat them too.

Kathie Lapcevic

Monday 8th of January 2018

Enjoy!

Jaden

Tuesday 16th of September 2014

oooh I learned something new! Lavender Pesto! We're just about ready to plant our Fall/Winter Garden and lavender is always part of the bed. (btw thanks for nice card you sent!)

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