For the Love of Lavender

Tina Sams www.essentialherbal.com

Many years ago, during an interview I was asked if there was only one herb allowed on a desert island, which would I choose.  Of course, we all know that where there is earth, air, and water, there will be plants/herbs, but for the sake of the interview it was easy to choose one.  For me, that would be lavender.

I love almost everything about lavender.  It has a beautiful growth habit which reminds me of fierce strength, as the spikes push away from the main plant and reach for the sun.  The soft blue green of the foliage is simply beautiful, and the scent of the entire plant is one of my favorites.  It has so many uses for the mind, body, and spirit.

For many years, the popular thought on lavender essential oil was that it could be used “neat” on the skin, with no dilution.  This is no longer the belief, as I personally know a couple of people who have become sensitized, and it is debilitating.  ALL essential oils should be well diluted prior to any kind of use.  Generally speaking, 10 drops in an ounce of carrier oil is a sufficient dilution for most essential oils, but less is better.

Lavender Cleansing Lotion

Ingredients

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 T witch hazel
  • 1/2 C Apricot Kernal oil
  • 1 C hot water
  • 1 t Borax
  • 6-7 drops lavender oil

Instructions

  • Heat apricot oil to 100º or until hot to the touch. Do the same with the water, borax, and witch hazel, blended in a separate container. Put oil in a blender and add egg yolk. Press “stir”. Slowly add the hot water blend in a thin stream. Blend for a few minutes while adding essential oil. Pour a week’s amount into a small bottle. Store the rest in the refrigerator. Use instead of soap to remove make-up or to cleanse face. Wipe cleanser off with a warm, moist washcloth.
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Lavender Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C water
  • 1 C Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 oz beeswax
  • 10 drops lavender EO

Instructions

  • Melt beeswax in oil over low heat. Heat water separately. Slowly add water in a steady stream while beating the mixture with electric mixer or whisk. Add essential oil, blending on low. Pour into small, clean jars. Refrigerate between uses. A good all purpose skin cream.
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Lavender Shortbread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C butter
  • 2/3 C sugar
  • 2 1/3 C four
  • 1/2 C cornstarch
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 T chopped fresh mint
  • 2 T finely chopped lavender flowers

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325º. Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, lavender and mint. Mix until light and fluffy. Add flour, cornstarch and sat. Beat until combined well.
  • Chill until firm.
  • On a floured board, roll or pat out half of the dough to a thickness of 3/8”. Cut dough into rounds or squares, generally about 1 1/2” is typical. Space cookies 1” apart on baking sheet, and prick several times with a fork. Bake 20-25 minutes until light golden. Do not brown. Cool slightly, then transfer to rack. Sprinkle with sugar. Store in cookie tins or sealed container. Makes about 5 dozen.
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