My lavender garden may not be like the amazing fields of Provence, but it has definitely grown from the tiny plant I started with a few years ago. I have always been drawn to the beautiful color and aroma of this herb, and I fell in love with it even more when I found out just how calming it could be.
Up until this summer, I’ve only clipped a handful of sprigs here and there to fill a small vase or two for the bathroom or my bedside table. However, as more blooms than ever began to emerge in the last month, I decided to experiment with some of the other ways to use this herb, and thought I’d share some of my favorites with you.
When I stumbled upon this lavender lemonade recipe on Eat Yourself Skinny, I knew it was something I had to try. It’s not only pretty to look at with the sliced lemon, but tastes refreshing and delicious too (even with a bit of vodka)!
Something to pair with the lemonade, or perhaps a cup tea, is lavender shortbread cookies. I spotted these beauties on Girlichef and set aside some dried lavender to give these a try very soon. Wouldn’t they’d look spectacular all stacked up and wrapped with a bit of cellophane topped with a sprig of lavender for a hostess gift?
Lavender’s gorgeous scent makes it perfect for relaxing in the tub. You must try this homemade lavender scrub I discovered on 30s Magazine. It not only smells heavenly, but it leaves my skin so soft.
Another idea I’ve pinned, but haven’t gotten around to making yet is these lavender drawer pouches I found on For the Makers. I love the idea of my drawers smelling like spring all year round!
Or, if you’d rather, pick some up at the Simple is Pretty Shop instead.
And, finally, here’s a recipe for lavender infused sugar that’s perfect for adding subtle flavor to iced tea, whipped cream, sugar cookies and other sweet treats.
Perhaps next year I’ll add a few recipes and crafts to my list. Do you have any other ideas or suggestions for using this beautiful herb?
Enjoy your day!