Lavender (Lavendula officinale) derived
from Latin word Lavare, to wash
Other Names: Spike Nard, Elf Leaf
Parts Used: Flowers and Essential Oil
Powers: Love, Protection, Sleep, Chastity, Longevity, Purification, Happiness, Peace
Cautions: If pregnant use only LOW doses, as Lavender is a
uterine stimulant. Large doses of oil must be strictly avoided, for then lavender may act as a narcotic poison.
Description: Very branchy half bush with evergreen leaves. Height of 30 100 cm including the flower spike. Perennial. Leaves are think, lacelike with a silver color tone and very fragrant. First year stems are green, second year they become woody. Flowers from July - August. Color varies by species, most common is bluish. Flowers are small with strong scent. The whole plant contains an etheric, fragrant oil and tannic acid. Lavender is a traditional cottage garden plant. The herb is grown mainly for the flowers, from which the volatile oils are extracted. Since the Middle Ages, the dried flowers have been one of the main ingredients of potpourri. Fresh sprigs are included in herbal bunches known as tussie mussies, which have been used for hundreds of years to mask unpleasant odors and ward off illness.
Magickal: Lavender is strewn into bonfires at Midsummer as an offering to the Gods and Goddesses. An ingredient of love spells, its scent is said to attract men. Lavender in the home brings peace, joy and healing. The essential oil is included in health; love; peace; and conscious mind-oriented formulas. Use to attract love; to produce sleep by anointing your forehead and pillow; to purify by adding to baths and to promote chastity and peace. Attracts elves, burn for purification, peace. The odor of lavender is conducive to long life and so should be smelled as often as possible.
A wish divination
Place lavendar under your pillow, while thinking of your wish, before bed.If you dream of anything relating to your wish, it will come true. If you do not dream of anything relating to your wish, it will not manifest.
19 fresh lavender stalks, cut as long as possible
4 feet of ¼ ribbon
Strip leaves from lavender stalks. Tie stalks together just below heads.
Holding flower heads in your fist, bend stems down from the point where they are tied back over flower heads. Secure stalks temporarily with a rubberband. Stalks should be evenly spaced and form a little cage around flowers.
With ribbon at top of cage, drop one end of ribbon through cage and let it hang. Take the other end of ribbon and, starting at the top of cage, weave ribbon in and out through stalks until flowers are completely enclosed.
Remove rubber band. Wrap ribbon around stems several times and then, using both ends of ribbon, tie a knot and a bow. Trim ends of the ribbon and stalks to even lengths.
White Goddess Milk Bath
1 c cornstarch
2 c dried milk powder
1/8 tsp fragrance oil
Combine dry ingredients
in food processor and blend.
Add oil and blend again.
Add 1/2 cup to bath water
Flowery Love Bath
3 Tbs. Lavender
3 Tbs. Palmarosa
1 Drop Rose
Bathe in this to attract love and to expand your ability
to give and receive love
Cultivation: Lavender prefers a sunny location and light, dry, well-drained soil. It is an ideal plant for a large rock garden. To plant in the traditional way, select a sunny, well-drained site that affords protection from winter winds. Unless you're in a frost-free climate, stick with lavenders and lavandins, which winter well unless they are abused with poor drainage or frost heave. Lavenders can be started from seed but it is far easier to buy plants or do cuttings. Harvest toward end of flowering, when the petalshave begun to fade. Store in small bunches, upside down, in brown paper bags to collect flowers.
Culinary: The fragrant leaves and flowers can be used fresh in salads and fruit dishes, or added to cooked sauces, candies and baked goods. When dried they are used in jellies. Lavender is grown primarily for the oil in its flowers, which is widely used as a fragrance in perfumes and cosmetic products and to flavor beverages and baked goods.
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lavender leaves
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Put eggs, margarine, sugar and lavender into
blender and run on low until well mixed. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Add other ingredients and stir until well blended. Drop
dough a teaspoon at a time onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until lightly browned. Blend enough rosewater into the confectioners sugar to make a smooth frosting. Ice the cookies and let them set until frosting is firm.
Provided by JaCyn Lavender Farm
8oz Light Honey (such as clover honey)
4 tablespoons of Dried Lavender buds
Heat honey in double boiler till fully heated
add lavender and stir
Continue over heat for 30 minutes
Remove from heat and allow to partially cool
Place in sun for 3 hours (optional)
Strain out lavender
Put honey in jar
Different varieties of lavender will cause variations in flavor. Varying the amount of lavender will change the intensity of flavor. Heating for too long
can release a more acrid oil into the honey in some lavender varieties.
Provided by JaCyn Lavender Farm
1.5 cups milk (you can use fat-free)
1 Tablespoon lavender leaves
3 Tablespoons Sugar
2 Teaspoons Corn Starch
2 Eggs, beaten
In a double boiler bring milk and lavender leaves to boil
Cover and let stand for 15-20 minutes.
Strain and set aside
Stir together sugar and corn starch in a medium saucepan
Slowly add strained milk.
Keep stirring and cook until bubbly and thickening
Away from pan add 1/2 cup of hot mixture to eggs, stir and add to saucepan
Cook for another 3 minutes.
Can be served hot or cold. If serving cold chill quickly by placing pan in ice water, stir while cooling then refrigerate
1 pint water
1 oz lavender flowers (wt.)
8 oz sugar (wt.)
Juice of 4 lemons
Pour boiling water over the lavender flowers and allow to infuse for about
20 minutes. Then add sugar and lemon juice, and chill. Store in the
'fridge.To make up, mix about 1 part of the syrup to 4 parts water, serve with ice.
Provided by Cedarbrook Herb Farm
2 cups lavender infusion
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
4 cups sugar
1 3oz envelope of liquid pectin
Lavender food coloring (optional)
Combine infusion, lemon juice and sugar
Bring to full boil stirring constantly
boil 1 minute stirring constantly
Remove from heat and add food coloring
Pour into jars and seal
Jelly can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month. To store longer process jars in a water bath for 5 minutes after sealing with canning lids.
5 oz butter (wt.)
4 oz fine sugar (wt.)
6 oz self raising flour (wt.)
1 tablespoon lavender flowers
Cream the butter and sugar, mix in the beaten egg, then mix in the flowers and flour. Place small heaps on a greased baking tray and bake at 350F/170C
for about 15-20 minutes.
Lavender Sponge Cake
5 oz self raising flour (wt.)
3 oz butter (wt.)
3 oz lavender sugar (wt.)
1/4 cup milk
2 beaten eggs
Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy, then beat in the eggs one at a time. Fold in the flour. Pour the mixture into two 7" sponge tins. Bake at 325F for about 10 - 15 minutes until just browned. Sandwich together
with raspberry jelly, or else with lavender buttercream made by creaming 3oz butter with 3 oz lavender sugar and a few drops of lemon juice.
Lavender Ice Cream
14 oz Milk
3 oz Lavender leaves and flowers
2 oz Crystallized ginger, chopped
1 c Sugar
3 Egg yolks
2 c Heavy whipping cream, cold
Lavender flowers for garnish
In a saucepan, slowly heat milk to approximately 200 F. Remove from fire and add lavender. Allow to steep for 15 minutes. Strain milk through cheesecloth while warm. Add crystallized ginger and sugar to milk. Place egg yolks into a small bowl; then put half the mixture from saucepan into the bowl to blend. Stir mixture with a spoon and pour back into the saucepan. Place over low heat and cook until mixture is approximately 200 F. Add 2 cups cold heavy whipping cream and place into refrigerator until well chilled. Process in any ice cream machine. During the last few minutes of ice cream processing, sprinkle in individual lavender flowers stripped from lower heads.
Makes 1 quart.
Medicinal: Flower water is a skin toner useful for speeding cell renewal and is an antiseptic for acne. Flower tea treats anxiety, headaches, flatulence, nausea, dizziness, and halitosis. The essential oil is a highly valued perfume and healer. It is antiseptic, mildly sedative, and painkilling. It is applied to insect bites, and treats burns, sore throats and headaches. The oil is used for intestinal gas, migraine, and dizziness. Being antiseptic, lavender is added to healing salves. A tea of the leaf allays nausea and vomiting. Use two teaspoons per cup of water and steep for twenty minutes. The dose is one-fourth cup four times a day. Steep lavender blossoms in white wine and strain to make a natural antidepressant beverage. Lavender and rose petal vinegar is applied to the temples and brow to ease headache. Lavender oil is added to footbaths, ease toothaches and sprains, and is used as a rub for hysteria and palsy. Weak infusion (25%) to babies for colic, irritability and excitement
Lavendar Bubble Bath
by Belinda Mooney
1 bunch Lavender
1 large bottle clear organic shampoo
5 drops oil of Lavender
Clean wide-neck jar with screw top
Place Lavender head down in the jar. Cut down to fit. Add shampoo and
Lavender oil. Close and place in sunny window (sorry if you are not in a
place the sun reaches this time of year! I am lucky enough to be in
California.) for 2-3 weeks and shake occasionally. Strain and re-bottle. Use
1 tbsp in a bath.
Lavender Mineral Bath
1/2 cup solar dried sea salts
1/4 cup epsom salts
1/4 cup dead sea mineral salts
40 drops lavender EO
Mix all ingredients well (adding EO last) store in a glass jar or tin and use 1/4 cup per bath!
Lovely Lavender Oat Mask
1/2 c. ground whole oatmeal
6 drops lavender essential oil
Mix all well. I recommend that you add the essential oil before you
grind the oats in a blender or food processor. You can add up to 12
drops per mix if you like a stronger fragrance mask. Lavender is
great for the skin and one of the most 'safe' of the essential oils
to use directly on the skin.
This recipe is great because you can cater to your skin type. For
each mask you will need 2 tablespoons of your mix.
Normal skin type: add enough whole milk to make a thick paste
Oily skin type: add enough water to make a thick paste
Dry skin type: Add whole fresh cream to make a thick paste.
Smooth mask over the whole face avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 20 minutes then rinse. Rinsing is easiest when you use a warm cloth to soak and soften the mask before gently removing the mask.
Fresh and clean was never so natural and so fun!!!
Essential Oils: Wide variety of uses Essential component in First Aid kits Cream: few drops to chamomile cream for Eczema Lotion: few drops to a little water for Sunburn or Scolds (NOT ASUNBLOCK OR SCREEN)Chest Rub: 1 ml oil to 5 drops of chamomile oil to 10 ml carrier oil for Asthmatic or Bronchitis spasm Hair Rinse: 5 - 10 drops to water for lice
Massage Oil: *- 1 ml Lavender oil to 25 ml carrier oil and message into painful muscles *- 10 ml Lavender oil to 25 ml carrier oil and message into temples and nape of neck for headaches or first hint of migraine.