It’s in the kitchen garden with other herbs but it is also in all the flower gardens all around the property, particularly at the edges forming a lovely border. Our bees love it and I’m sure it’s one of the reasons our honey is so delicious! Lavender has culinary uses, but I prefer its fragrance for lotions, oils, or simply to keep dried in my bedroom.
If you are lucky to have your own garden, you will no doubt have your own favourite uses – it may be simply to let it grow and give pleasure as you go out and look at your garden. There are many ways to enjoy lavender – purchasing essential oils, soaps and lotions. Here are few of my favourites.
I like to use a dried bundle simply bound with twine and leave it next to my bed, hanging in my closet or in my office. I love catching the scent and I find it calming. Lavender does have essential properties to help with insomnia, depression and just having it nearby eases restlessness.
This is a great all-purpose syrup that keeps for a month in the refrigerator. Use it as a basis for cocktails or lemonade. Lavender is strong! So do not overdo this – less is more.
1 tablespoon dried lavender or 3 sprigs fresh
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Bring water and sugar to a boil and add lavender. Let boil for 2 minutes and remove from heat. Let the mixture steep for 3-4 hours and strain. Keep in a glass jar in the refrigerator.
Lavender Gin Fizz
1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) lavender syrup
1 1/2 ounce good quality gin
mint leaf for garnish
Fill a glass with ice. Pour the syrup over the ice add gin and fill with soda water. Add a mint leaf for garnish.
Cookies or Tea
Add 1 sprig or 1 teaspoon of dried lavender to a cup of boiling water and let steep for tea or add 2 teaspoons crushed lavender to your favourite shortbread recipe.
I’m Danielle French, founder and owner of South Pond Farms. South Pond was founded in 2008 as a small food delivery business. I would grow food in my garden, make prepared meals and deliver them all over the GTA. Since then, the farm has been slowly restored and converted into a culinary destination, offering special events, weddings, workshops and corporate retreats all set in our restored century barn in the rolling hills of rural Ontario. My vision is to create a connection to the land, the food we grow and prepare in our kitchen to bringing people together.