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Peggy’s Lavender and Honey Coffee Cake

This lavender and honey coffee cake is pure comfort food!! The lavender is subtle and compliments the honey and cinnamon in this recipe….so delicious!! I put the one teaspoon of lavender buds (be sure to use organic) on a cutting board and finely chop. Have fun baking and I hope you love this coffee cake as much as I do! – Peggy

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Lavender Use #10 – Yoga

If you love yoga we have the perfect companion for you! Do you have a hard time relaxing sufficiently enough to reap the benefits of Savasana? Savasana which is the pose at the end of yoga practice is said to be the hardest yoga pose because our minds can be distracted by so many things making it difficult to fully relax. Research has shown that smelling soothing scents like lavender increases the feel-good hormone dopamine in the brain causing you…

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Arthritis Relief

Arthritis is inflammation and stiffness in joints which causes aches and pains. Osteoarthritis runs in my (Peggy) family and I have it in my back and hips. Here are a few tips on how to live with arthritis… Pain Management – research the many options available for pain medications, a great resource is www.arthritis.org. Educate yourself then discuss the options with your doctor. Learn body mechanics and avoid doing the things that cause you pain. Years ago I went to…

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Yoga

Do you have a hard time relaxing sufficiently enough to reap the benefits of Savasana? Savasana which is the pose at the end of yoga practice is said to be the hardest yoga pose because our minds can be distracted by so many things making it difficult to fully relax. Research has shown that smelling soothing scents like lavender increases the feel-good hormone dopamine in the brain causing you to feel more positive. Let our lavender flax seed pillows help…

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DIY Lavender Sugar

I absolutely love Lavender Sugar! You can substitute the sugar in any recipe with the lavender sugar and savor a whole new flavor experience! It’s my favorite way to enjoy lavender in cooking or baking! It’s so simple to make…. Combine 2 cups sugar and 1 tablespoon lavender buds in Food Processor on mince setting until lavender is finely ground throughout the sugar. I have actually started increasing the amount of lavender buds I use….I combine 2 cups sugar and…

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Drying Lavender

Whether you want to decorate with lavender, use it in cooking, crafts or body products drying is an easy way to preserve this beautiful herb/flower. We bundle about 50 stems of fresh lavender with an elastic band and hang upside down in a dry dark space. The elastic band allows for shrinkage as the lavender dries. It takes about 3 weeks to dry. If you are taking the buds off the stems we suggest waiting longer as the buds will…

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Chocolate Cookies w/Lavender Sugar

As you already know…my favorite way to enjoy culinary lavender is by using Lavender Sugar! Here is how I make it: Combine 2 cups sugar and 2 tablespoon lavender buds in Food Processor on mince setting until lavender is finely ground throughout the sugar. NOTE :  If you don’t want to make Lavender Sugar for this recipe….you can use plain white sugar and 1 t. lavender buds (chop finely on cutting board with knife). My recipe for Chocolate Lavender Cookies: ½ cup…

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Lemon Lavender Tea Cookies

My favorite way to enjoy lavender in cooking is to replace the sugar in a recipe with Lavender Sugar. It’s so easy to DIY! Here’s how I make it: Combine 2 cups sugar and one tablespoon lavender buds in a Food Processor on mince setting until lavender is finely ground throughout the sugar. Add this delicately floral sugar to any dessert, muffins, scones, tea, dressings and marinades or sprinkle on any baked good for a fresh and elegant treat. NOTE : …

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Lavender Use #9 – Landscaping

Majestic purple in your flower garden….what’s not to love about that! Lavender is low-maintenance and a gorgeous addition to any garden or flower bed. It can also be used as a hedge, ground cover or border. Add lavender to your herb garden and use it in cooking along with your other savory herbs! Lavender likes full sun and well-drained soil….it does not like to have it’s roots wet! Learn more about how to plant here. Plant lavender and enjoy it’s…

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Lavender Use #8 – Culinary

Try it….put some lavender in your scones or sprinkle on cupcakes and enjoy a new flavor experience! Lavender is a member of the mint family and has a sweet, floral flavor with touches of citrus. English lavenders (Hidcote and Munstead) are the sweetest varieties of lavender and the ones chosen for cooking. Use a light touch when including lavender in cooking…a little bit goes a long way….too much and you will be left with a bitter dish. And be sure…

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Lavender Use #7 – Crafts

Love DIY projects? Lavender with its gorgeous color and sweet fragrance is an awesome flower to work with…there are so many things you can make with lavender. Do you enjoy making candles? Add lavender essential oil and a few lavender buds to your wax and create a beautiful and fragrant candle to burn or give as a gift. Bath and beauty products….add lavender to your DIY recipe for sugar scrub, body butter, lip balm, soap, body mist, and soap. Make…

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Lavender Use #6 – Weddings & Parties

lavender bridal bouquet

Lavender in bouquets….stunning!! Whether its a wedding, anniversary, birthday, graduation or work party – lavender’s purple hue adds elegant, festive color!  Here are some uses for lavender at your special occasion: Vases – decorate your tables with vases of lavender alone or combined with other complimenting flowers. Fresh or dried lavender can be used for the bouquets. To bring out the lovely fragrance of dried lavender drop with lavender essential oil. Cake –  lavender placed on a cake is gorgeous!…

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Lavender Use #5 – Decorating

I ADORE DRIED FLOWERS!!! I have always loved decorating with dried flowers and lavender is one of my favorites! My husband Doug likes to tease me about my “dead weeds” all over the house because I collect dried flowers wherever we go! Do you have a large vase that you can fill with dried or fresh lavender and place on a table to create a touch of elegance? In the summer, I add fresh lavender to a vase of assorted…

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Lavender Use #4 – Bug & Moth Repellent

I was so excited when I learned that moths hate lavender!! I have packed our wool coats in horrible smelling moth balls for years….but now I use lovely lavender! I make sachets and fill them with lavender and place them in a container with our wool…..ahhhh….the wonderfully sweet fragrance of lavender now greets me when I open the container in the fall!! If you keep your wool in a closet or drawers you can place sachets in and around your…

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Lavender Use #3 – Linen & Household Freshener

Do you love the fragrance of lavender? Here is #3 on my list of lavender uses and it’s one I savor! You can spruce up your whole house with the following ideas….   –Lavender Mist lightly sprayed on linens, pillows, rugs or the air takes me away to a beautiful garden filled with stunning lavender where the warm air is filled with the elegant scent of sweet lavender! What’s not to love about that! My recipe for lavender mist is…

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Lavender Use #2 – Beauty & Body Products

    Oh what fun it is to pamper ourselves with lavender products that make our skin feel silky smooth! Of all the lavender uses out there I think this is my favorite! Here are just a few products to indulge in: lavender sugar scrub (exfoliates and conditions skin), lavender bodybutter (intense moisture therapy to replenish and enrich skin), lavender lip balm (moisturize and protect lips), lavender body mist (delightfully fragrant scent), lavender body soap(for healthy glowing skin).   You…

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Lavender Use #1 – Health & Wellness

Lavender is amazing with its gorgeous color and lovely fragrance and to top it off…it has wonderful health benefits!   Historically, lavender has been used for healing, relaxation and as an antiseptic. It has been used for centuries to scent baths, hair and clothes, and for its medicinal properties. The University of Maryland Medical Center says, “Research has confirmed that lavender produces slight calming, soothing, and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled. Lavender essential oil may be beneficial in…

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Culinary Lavender – cooking with style!

culinary lavender

DID YOU KNOW? You can use the lavender flower buds in cooking – lavender tea, salad dressings, lavender salt, lavender sugar, the French herb -Herbes de Provence, in lemonade, and in baked goods! When using lavender in food, go light with it. It should be the last thing that you taste, not the first! You can also add lavender to sugar and dip the rim a goblet in water, then the sugar for an elegantly flavored, sugar rimmed decoration. If…

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