Lavender: 12 Uses Beyond Potpourri

 This week we had lots of extra harvested lavender! Only problem is that it was a bad year for the flowers, so I ended up with only a couple dozen flowers and a lot of greens. So I started looking into what I could do with all of these heavenly smelling lavender greens!

First things first, I used my dehydrator to dry the leaves and flowers quickly.

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If you look up things to do with lavender, most of the recipes that come up are for soaps, potpourri, and bath salts. These are all great uses for lavender, but I tend to use essential oils for most of my household and skincare related products and I wanted something more culinary. So here it is, the results of my research, non-potpourri uses for lavender:

1. Calming tea blend:

I love drinking this blend before I go to bed at night! Here’s the recipe:

Wind Down Tea Blend

  • 1/4 tsp dried passionflower leaves
  • 1/4 tsp dried lavender (leaves, flowers, or both)
  • 1/4 tsp dried chamomile flowers
  • 1/4 tsp dried lemon balm leaves

Combine all ingredients in a tea ball or other brewing vessel. Steep in boiling water for about 5-10 minutes. Drink about an hour (or less) before you want to be able to sleep.

2. Season your cooking

Lavender is a great flavor for both sweet and savory dishes! It is strong, though, so just be careful not to overdo it! Here are some (paleo friendly) savory dishes to try:

3. Infuse oils & vinegars

4. Infuse salt or sugar

5. Use lavender stems to skewer meat on the grill

6. Floral salad dressing

Like a honey white wine lavender dressing or a lavender honey balsamic vinaigrette.

7. Flavor your frozen treats

Try some paleo earl gray lavender ice cream or lavender blueberry sorbet.

8. Make a floral cocktail

Try making a lemon & lavender vodka tonic, a Lavender Bees Knees, or a lemon lavender gin rickey!

9. Make a non-alcoholic beverage

If you want something lighter, try some lavender honey lemonade or cucumber, lavender, and mint infused water.

10. Make your own Herbes de Provence

There is not one official recipe for herbes de provence – it can include tarragon, oregano, basil, lavender, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, savory, and sage. Play around and see what you like! Here’s a mix I like:

Herbes de Provence

  • 3 parts tarragon
  • 2 parts dried savory
  • 1 part dried lavender leaves
  • 1 part dried marjoram
  • 1 part dried thyme
  • 1 part dried oregano

Combine all ingredients in a glass jar, crushing with your fingers or with a mortar and pestle. Use this mixture to season meats or sprinkle over salads.

11. Make an honey-marinated goat cheese with lavender

12. Flavor baked goods

Try some paleo lavender shortbread cookies, lavender vanilla bean scones, or flourless chocolate & lavender cupcakes.

What are your favorite ways to use lavender?

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