Enjoy these wonderful, creative,
and simple lavender recipes.
and simple lavender recipes.
This homemade lavender clay face mask is perfect to add to your pampering routine. Clay has natural detox properties and will leave your skin refreshed and soft.
• 2 tablespoons bentonite clay
• 2 teaspoons raw organic apple cider vinegar
• 4 drops lavender essential oil
• 1 tablespoon water
1. Mix all ingredients until a thick paste forms.
2. Spread onto face and let sit until it’s “caked”. It should be starting to dry and peel (10-12minutes). Using a warm cloth remove the mask and apply your favorite lotion
Note: make sure you don’t use a metal spoon or bowl to mix or apply the mask. Metal deactivates the detoxing properties in the clay and reacts with the vinegar. Use pure ingredients- pure essential oil, real bentonite clay and not a knock-off, and look for pure, raw, un-strained (organic) apple cider vinegar (with “the mother” still in the bottle). Only then will you reap the most benefits.
This beautiful lavender flower-infused vinegar can be used as a fabric softener, flea spray, hair rinse, glass cleaner and bath addition.
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You only need two ingredients to make it:
1. lavender buds
Directions to Make
Gather lavender, place into a jar, then cover with vinegar.
Immediately cap to keep the vapors in. Store in a dark cabinet for a few weeks, shaking periodically.
If you don’t have a non-metallic top, then use a layer of plastic wrap or wax paper between the lid and the vinegar to prevent rusting.
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Whip up a batch of these easy, homemade blueberry and lavender infused yogurt pops, and you’ll have a kid-friendly dessert that everyone will love!
Prep Time: 15 minutes Serving size: 10
• 2 cups fresh blueberries
• 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
• 6 Tbsp honey
• 1/3 cup water
• 2 tsp dried culinary lavender flowers
• 2 tsp lemon zest
• 2 1/4 cups whole milk yogurt, plain (NOT Greek)
• Popsicle Molds
1. To a small saucepan, add blueberries and granulated sugar and heat over MED heat. Stirring occasionally, and cook for about 10 minutes. Press with the back of a wooden spoon to break up the blueberries (or even use a potato masher - gently). Set aside and cool completely.
2. To another small saucepan, add water, honey, lavender and lemon zest. Cover and bring to a boil over MED to MED-HIGH. Once boiling, remove cover and remove from heat. Let stand 15 minutes.
3. Pour honey mixture through a fine sieve and discard solids. Cool completely.
4. Combine yogurt and honey mixture in a bowl, stirring to combine fully (preferably one with a pour spout).
5. Spoon (or pour), a little bit of yogurt mixture into 10 (standard size) popsicle molds. Spoon a little of the blueberry mixture into each of the molds, and continue alternating the yogurt and blueberry mixture, making sure to end with the yogurt. Use a kebab stick or small fork to gently swirl the two mixtures together in each mold.
6. Follow instructions for your molds (mine has a cover and insert spots for the popsicle sticks), and freeze for 4-6 hours or overnight. I prefer freezing overnight.
To remove pops from the molds there are a few tips:
• Let molds stand on the counter at room temperature for 5-10 minutes or so, then gently try to remove
• Fill your sink with warm water (not hot!), and dip molds into the water for 10 seconds each dip, then gently try to remove
To store yogurt pops:
• Once pops are removed from molds, wrap individually in wax paper, then add to a large resealable plastic bag
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This scrub exfoliates your skin, leaving it soft, silky and smooth. It’s especially wonderful to use on your feet, elbows and knees.
• a scant 1/2 cup cane sugar
• 1 to 2 tablespoons (more or less) lavender-infused oil
• 1 teaspoon honey
• a few drops of lavender essential oil.
How to make:
Combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. Depending on how fine or coarse your sugar is, you may want to add a little more oil at a time until it’s a consistency you like. If it feels too oily, add more sugar.
The recipe will make enough to fit in a small 4-ounce jelly jar. To use, scoop out and gently rub on dry areas of skin. Rinse well with warm water. If you plan on keeping this more than a few days, it’s recommended that you add a preservative to keep icky things from growing in case water accidentally gets mixed in during use.
Take your spring salad to a more romantic, sweet place.
The VINAIGRETTE flavors pair well with delicate spring greens, baby beets, baby carrots and strawberries. The lavender and honey are a delicious balance.
Adapted from: joyofkosher.com
Time- 30 minutes
Serving Size- 4
• 4 baby red beets, roasted and peeled and sliced
• 4 baby golden beets, roasted and peeled
• 5 baby candy striped beets, roasted and peeled
• 4 medium carrots, heirloom variety or regular, cut in ribbons with a vegetable peeler
• 1 cup mixed variety of radishes, sliced thinly
• Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper
• 2 tablespoons edible flower petals
Lavender Honey Vinaigrette
• 1/3 cup honey
• 3 tablespoons dried or fresh lavender
• 1⁄2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
• 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
• Kosher salt and pepper
• 3⁄4 cup of best-quality extra- virgin olive oil
Arrange the ingredients for the salad on individual plates or a platter, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with vinaigrette.
For the vinaigrette:
1. Heat the honey and lavender over medium-low heat until the honey becomes very runny and you can smell the lavender (about 5 minutes). Turn off the heat and allow the lavender to steep for about 30 minutes. Strain out the lavender and discard it.
2. Whisk the ingredients together and store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. If the vinaigrette becomes solid in the refrigerator, allow it to sit at room temperature before using or place the container in a bowl of hot water.
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Today is Earth Day. What better day to think about the impact we make on our planet? Well, one way is to start at home.
It may be hard to break free of your bleach bottle if you rely on it for cleaning. It is toxic to humans and wildlife and not to mention the toxic gas it produces when mixed accidentally with ammonia. It wouldn’t hurt to try an alternative. The hydrogen peroxide in this recipe is the disinfectant hero as well as a whitener and the citric acid will help to whiten clothes. If you make this use a dark jug or dark spray bottle to store because light breaks down hydrogen peroxide.
Please refer to the illustration for directions.
*We suggest using lavender essential oil as your essential oil of choice 😊
Sweet tart Lemon Sugar cookies are layered with creamy lavender vanilla pudding and topped with colorful edible decorations. It’s super simple to make, fun to decorate, and even more fun to eat!
Adapted from: greyghostbakery.com
1. Place the cookies in a food processor and pulse until completely crumbled. Set aside.
2. Place the room temperature butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Using a mixer, beat on medium until smooth.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the vanilla pudding mix, whole milk and dried lavender. Whisk until combined and beginning to thicken.
4. Add the pudding mixture to the bowl with the butter/cream cheese mixture. Mix on low speed until combined and smooth
5. Use a spatula to fold in the whipped cream.
6. Using a glass serving bowl or trifle, alternate layers of pudding and cookie crumbs.
7. Garnish with any fun edible candy, sugared mint, sugared flowers or even more cookies!
2. Whip the cream until medium peaks form.
These little lavender meringues make a lovely light pudding. Perfect for Easter Sunday!
Adapted from: Goodhousekeeping.com
Prep: 40 Mins
Cook: 1 hour 30 Mins
• 1 1/2 tsp. culinary lavender (USE CODE: AKLRECIPE FOR 5% OFF)
• 5 medium egg whites
• 250 g (9oz) caster sugar
• bake-safe lilac food coloring, optional - we used SK Professional (squires-shop.com)
• 250 ml (9 fl oz) double cream
• 3 tbsp. runny honey
• 8 tbsp. lemon curd
• edible flowers and chocolate eggs, to decorate
1. Heat oven to 110°C (90°C fan) mark ¼. Line a baking tray with baking parchment. Draw 8 circles measuring 9cm (3½in), spaced well apart, on the baking parchment. Turn it over so the ink is underneath. With a pestle and mortar, finely grind the lavender. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites on a slow speed until foamy. Increase the speed and whisk until stiff peaks form. Gradually add caster sugar, 1heaped tbsp at a time, whisking back up to stiff peaks after each addition. When all the sugar is incorporated and the mixture is thick and glossy, whisk in the ground lavender. If colouring your meringues, add food colouring a drop at a time to reach a pale lilac colour. Spoon into a large piping bag fitted with a 1cm (½in) star nozzle.
3. Pipe meringue on to the circles in a flat round shape, then build up the sides to form a nest by piping again around the edge of the circle. Transfer to the bottom shelf of the oven. Bake for 1hr 30min until firm and set underneath. Switch off oven and leave inside to cool.
4. Before serving, whip cream and runny honey to soft peaks. Fill each meringue with a dollop of whipped cream and 1tbsp lemon curd. Decorate with edible flowers and chocolate eggs.
Recipe Adapted from: Budget101.com – Jessica Lynn Qualls
Lavender Tea Bread is a scrumptious light quick bread infused with fresh lavender for an amazing flavor experience, drizzle a touch of lemon glaze over the top and garnish with fresh sprigs of lavender for a Gorgeous Brunch treat!
Combine the ingredients until smooth and drizzle over cooled bread, garnish with fresh sprigs of lavender.
Adapted from: Thriftydiydiva.com
Lavender is known for its’ relaxing properties, and it’s especially popular in bath and body products. Follow this DIY recipe to make your own relaxing lotion!
Using a double boiler on low heat, combine the wax, shea butter, and amond oil. Stir until melted.
Let it cool until it’s soft, but do not allow it to completely harden.
In a separate bowl, mix the aloe vera gel, vanilla and lavender essential oil and set aside.
Add aloe mixture to the softened oil and wax and use a blender to whip.
Use a small canning jar or an old lotion container.
Makes about 12 ounces.