A magical botanical commonly sold and used medicinally as an essential oil for aromatherapy or made into a tea from the lavender flowers or infused into oil to be applied to the skin. It has been used for centuries and in a multitude of cultures traditionally for its effectiveness as a antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic agent.
Likewise, many clinical studies have proven lavender’s effectiveness in treating…
- migraine/tension headaches
- fungal infections
- yeast infections
- irritable bowel syndrome
- Crohn’s disease
…the list could go on and on!
However, the oils are not the only application of lavender that has proven itself.
Uses of Lavender Extract
Pure lavender extract — made by the basic principles of herbal tincturing — produces a liquid that is incredibly versatile and can be used in as many ways as the imagination can fathom.
Lavender extract is the new vanilla!
If you’ve made vanilla extract in your kitchen you are assured success with lavender. Use it as you would vanilla or in place of.
Use lavender extract in:
- both sweet and savory cooking applications.
- add a few drops of extract to flavor lemonade, teas, cakes, brownies, cookies, frostings, fruit salads, and ice cream.
- a manner to enhance the fragrance of herbal sachets and/or potpourri.
- herbal preparations as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, or antifungal.
- facial astringents.
- water…take 1-2 dropperfuls in water as needed throughout the day to relief headaches, tension, anxiety, or at night to induce a peaceful sleep.
The Making of Lavender Extract
-4 ounces fresh lavender flowers, chopped (or 2 ounces of dried herbs)
-quart-sized glass jar
-100 proof vodka or brandy to fill, or vegetable glycerin for an alcohol-free version
- Measure the lavender flowers using a small kitchen scale.
- Chop the fresh flowers until fine using a blender, food processor, or by hand.
- Place the lavender in the glass jar.
- Pour your solvent (alcohol or glycerin), over the plant material until it reaches approximately 2 inches above the herbs.
- Stir well to combine. Then place a lid on the jar and shake.
- The jar should rest in a warm place, allowing the lavender to soak (macerate) near a sunny window — shaking daily — for 2-6 weeks.
- Pass tincture through a cheesecloth lined fine mesh sieve. Reserve liquid and compost plant material.
- Keep the strained tincture in a dark colored glass bottle or clear glass in a cool, dark place.
- Label each bottle with the name, date, and contents.
- Store in a cool, dark place (i.e. the pantry). Note: Alcohol extracts will keep indefinitely and if made with glycerin use within 2-3 years.
Learn more about basic Herbal Preparations with these great reads:
- Practical Herbalism: Ordinary Plants with Extraordinary Powers
- Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family
- Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use
Where Can I Get This Stuff
–The Bulk Herb Store also carries many of these ingredients if you’d like to price check.
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