Lavender is one of those herbs that conjures up images of old English Manors, Victorian women, and Springtime, then again maybe thats just me. We use Lavender in aromathepy because of its calming scent and in those little draw liners because it just smells good.
Lavender actually has some amazing uses. Lavender is used for everything from treating acne to insomnia. It's actually a good herb to have on hand for treating minor burns, your basic cuts and wounds, headaches, and makes a great mosquito repellent. With all these great uses for lavender could there possibly be any more uses?? The answer is YES. You can cook with Lavender as well. Later on in this post I'll share some of my all time favorite Lavender recipes.
As I've mentioned above Lavender has many uses, some we may not have even thought of. It helps people who suffer with Fibromyalgia, IBS, and Lupus, and even helps with Hypertension. You'll notice that I tend to use Lavender in a number of my products like my salves and facial cleansers. In fact Lavender is one of the main ingrediants in my Acne Face Wash. Lavender is an analgesic, antidepressant, antifungal, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antiviral, aromatic,diaphoretic, diuretic hypotensisve, insect repellent, mood enhancing, herb.
The main use for Lavender in my products is for its antiviral and antifungal properties and also because of its calming effects and what can I say, I like the way it smells lol.
During the Spring and Summer months I tend to get a little Lavender Obssessed and make everything from lavender ice cream and lavender lemonade to making lavender meatloaf, which my daughter hates I cant figure out why lol, but she does like my honey lavender chicken. Below you'll find these wonderful Lavender Recipes I meantioned, minus the lavender meatloaf recipe.
HONEY LAVENDER CHICKEN
boneless chicken breasts or tenders
1 1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup dried Lavender flowers
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
1 tablespoon of onion powder
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350
season the chicken with the garlic and onion powder and salt and pepper. MIx the Honey, lavender, and olive oil together and coat the chicken.
place chicken in a roasting pan and bake for 20-30 minutes or until inside of chicken is no longer pink.
1/4 cup Dried Lavender flowers
2 cups water
1 cup honey
1 tray of ice cubes
1 cup lemon juice
5+ cups of more water
Put the dried lavender flowers into a bowl and pour 2 cups of boiling water over it.
add the honey and allow to steep for 15-20 minutes.
strain out the flowers
add ice cubes to a 2 quart pitcher.
pour honey and lavender mixture into the pitcher
add the lemon juice and top off with cold water
stir to mix well and enjoy
Lavender Honey Ice Cream
1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup of honey
2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
Add the heavy whipping cream, milk, honey, and lavender to a medium saucepan set over medium heat. stirring occasionally bring the lavender cream mix to a simmer.
once the honey is completely disolved into the cream remove pan from heat. allow to steep for 15 minutes. using a fine seive strain out the lavender flowers.
chill the mix for 1 hour and then freeze it in an icecream maker according to manufactures instuctions.