Three Ways to Use Lavender


If you are looking for plants for your garden with a heav­enly scent, lavender has to be right up there at the top of the list.

From a garden design point of view, lavender’s silver-gray fol­iage is an excellent neutral. Use it as a backdrop for brighter plants and as a bridge between contrasting colors.

To successfully grow lavender, select a spot with well-drained soil and a full day’s sun. Water consistently and apply an all-purpose, liquid fertilizer in spring as new growth emerges. To keep plants full, lightly prune after the flowers fade in summer.

Lavender is a multipurpose plant that is useful in herbal remedies, aromatherapy, cooking and perfumes. Here are three easy ways to put lavender to work around your house.

Lavender Syrup

Slowly boil one cup of sugar and one cup of water in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Add ¼ cup dried lavender flowers and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and cool. Lavender simple syrup will keep refrigerated for 2 weeks.

Lavender Swizzle Sticks

Freshen up your drink with a little lavender. Snip a stem that is an inch or so longer than the depth of the glass. Strip the leaves from the bottom, leaving the ones at the top. The pungent flavor is particularly good for a gin and tonic or martini.

Lavender Tea

A cup of lavender tea is good for anxiety, upset stomach or sleeplessness. Mix one tablespoon of dried lavender flowers with boiling water in a teapot and steep for 10 minutes. Save leftover tea to use as a hair rinse.

43 Responses to Three Ways to Use Lavender

  1. Cynthia says:

    Can someone give me a suggestion for what variety of lavendar will grow best in zones 5-7, and how to protect it successfully. We live in the eastern Sierra foothills. We have some years with -15 degree nights in the winter and 104 degree days in summer. We have the perfect soil and light conditions but I’ve tried a couple varieties sold in local nurseries unsuccessfully. Just 30 miles away (where the nurseries are) those varieties thrive but our elevation is 200 feet higher and we have wind most of the year. Also, can someone suggest an internet sight where I can purchase plants too? Thank you!

  2. Desiree says:

    I enjoyed reading all the “lavender” comments. I didn’t attend a Lavender Fesitval this year, but I did get my 3 lavender plants cut, bundled and hung to dry. Over the past few years I have posted a few tutorials on different ways of using lavender, including how to make lavender extract. It’s fairly easy to make and once made it will last a long time.

  3. Pat Behm says:

    I love all the info about lavender! Thank you! I’m interested in receiving the recipe for the best ever lavender shortbread cookies that were served at The Tale of Two Farms. Any chance of finding out that recipe?
    Thank you.

  4. Suzin says:

    Spray Lavender water on your pillow when you go to bed and you will have a more restful sleep!

  5. Lori Buckner Martin says:

    Last summer I filled decorative bottles with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and different combinations of herbs from my garden. I gave them away as gifts, but kept one — lavender and rosemary that I use for moisturizer. Smells great!

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