By Rory Martinelli
A Little Bit About Lavender
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we’re all looking for something thoughtful to do for our loved ones. There’s nothing more thoughtful than a handcrafted gift and lavender is a widely popular, aromatic, and useful herb that can be used in many ways to show someone how much you care. For over 2500 years lavender has been used for its beautiful color, flowers, and fragrance. It can be used sparingly in cooking, as well as in teas, such as many of our floral blends, blended in small batches here at the Boulder Tea Company. Lavender is often used for its aromatherapeutic benefits, as well as its beauty. Here are a few simple ways you can use lavender to promote love and romance.
The scent of lavender is one of its most sought after qualities, and has been used for centuries to encourage tranquility, promote sleep, alleviate anxiety, and soothe headaches. Using the essential oil is an easy way to incorporate the scent of lavender, or the dried flowers can be used to craft a small scented pouch either made with plain lavender, or with the addition of other fragrant herbs like rose or chamomile. This simple sachet is a perfect way to bring a fresh aroma to the home, bedroom, linen closet, or dressers. Bringing the scent of lavender into your loved one’s daily lives is a great way to give a gift that will continue to soothe, relax and offer the many aromatherapeutic benefits of this beloved herb.
Lavender can be a unique, easy way to add a light floral touch to your favorite drinks and cocktails. The simplest way to add lavender to your cocktails is by making a traditional “simple syrup”. First, create a lavender concentrate by steeping 3 tablespoons of dried lavender flowers in 1 cup of boiled water for 4 minutes, just as you would make a pot of tea. Strain the liquid into a saucepan and add 1 cup of sugar, warming over low heat until the sugar is fully dissolved. Be careful though; if you let the lavender steep for too long, or use too much it may become bitter. This lavender simple syrup can be added to all kinds of cocktails and beverages. We recommend adding it to lemonade, iced tea or martinis.
Long used as one of the herbs in the traditional spice mix, Herbs de Provence, lavender is often used to delicately flavor food, and can also be used as a beautiful addition to tea blends. Many of our exclusive blends incorporate a small amount of lavender. Our longtime, herbal bestseller, Romantic Garden, blends a little bit of lavender with blackberry leaves and other flowers to promote personal connection and romance. This organic blend is a perfect way for loved ones to come together any time of day.
Lavender has been one of the most widely cultivated herbs, both throughout history and in the modern world for its many benefits, and today there are many simple ways to use this botanical to maximize its gifts. With today’s emphasis on living in harmony with nature, lavender’s antimicrobial actions make it an excellent choice for making an all-natural, general home cleanser. By infusing lavender with vinegar and orange peel, you can make make a wonderful, all-natural, effective cleaner for use on most surfaces.
You will need ¼ cup of lavender and ¼ cup chopped fresh orange peel. Steep the lavender and orange in 2 cups of white vinegar for 2 weeks. Strain the solution and transfer into a spray bottle. Don’t forget to label your spray bottle, and this solution should be good for up to a year at least.
Last Thoughts on Lavender
Whether your loved ones need natural cleaning products, beautiful tea to bond over, or a new floral lotion, lavender holds wonderful opportunities to show just how much you care. There are many medicinal, culinary, and aesthetic ways to use lavender and nothing shows love like a homemade gift.