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Lavender Uses

Lavender flowers yield abundant nectar which yields a high quality honey for beekeepers. Lavender monofloral honey is produced primarily in the nations around the Mediterranean, and marketed worldwide as a premium product. Lavender flowers can be candied and are used as cake decoration. Lavender is also used as a herb, either alone or as an ingredient of Herbes de Provence. Lavender is also used to flavour sugar, the product being called “lavender sugar”, and the flowers are occasionally sold in a blend with black, green, or herbal tea, adding a fresh, relaxing scent and flavour.

Eat your Lavender

The flowers of Lavandula angustifolia are the best culinary lavender- angustifolia flowers can be used like any other herb in cooking with a careful hand.  The flowers can be incorporated into biscuits, icecream, brownies, vinegars, cheese, breads, muffins & cakes, just to name a few.  At Leven K we feel lavender works best with citrus & chocolate!

RECIPE

LAVENDER & ALMOND BISCOTTI

Perfect for the Christmas Season with delicate flavours of Orange & Lavender.  Enjoy with your favourite beverage.  Gluten Free & Dairy Free

From Leven K Lavender

INGREDIENTS

2 ¼ cups of GF Flour

1 tsp baking powder (GF)

½ tsp baking powder

2/3 cups sugar

3 large eggs

3 Tablespoons honey

½ teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons Orange Zest

2 teaspoons Culinary Lavender

½ cup almonds chopped

LAVENDER & ALMOND BISCOTTI

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.  Sift Flour, baking powder & baking soda and set aside.  In a large bowl, whip the sugar and eggs until the mixture turns a light lemony colour.  Stir in the honey, vanilla, orange zest and lavender.  Gently fold in the dry ingredients to form a dough like mixture.  Add the almonds and mix in.

Divide the dough into 6 equal portions shape each section into a log about 15 cm long and 2-3 cm high.  Place onto baking paper lined baking tray and place in the oven.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until dough pops back up when pressed with a finger.  Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes.  Using a serrated knife slice each log into 2-3 cm slices lay back on the baking sheet and place in oven at 160 degrees and bake until firm.

When completely cool store the biscotti in an airtight container.

USEFUL LINKS
Larkman Nurseries – for all lavender tubestock
The Australian Lavender Growers Association (TALGA) – National body for Lavender Growers

Goondiwindi Regional Council – Our local council

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Medicinal Use

Lavender has been used extensively in herbalism.

English lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, yields a highly effective essential oil with very sweet overtones, and can be used in balms, salves, perfumes, cosmetics, and topical applications. Lavandin, Lavandula x intermedia (also known as lavandin), yields a similar essential oil, but with higher levels of terpenes including camphor, which add a sharper overtone to the fragrance. Spanish lavender, Lavandula stoechas is not used medicinally, but mainly for landscaping purposes.

Essential oil of lavender has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It was used in hospitals during WWI to disinfect floors, walls and other surfaces. These extracts are also used as fragrances for bath products. An infusion of lavender is claimed to soothe and heal insect bites. Bunches of lavender are also said to ward off insects. If applied to the temples, lavender oil is said to soothe headaches.

Health precautions: There is scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of some of these remedies, especially the anti-inflammatory effects, but they should be used with caution since lavender oil can also be a powerful allergen.



 

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