Uses for Lavender - Culinary and Medicinal Uses

This article briefly discusses the many uses for lavender.

Indeed, the lavender plant does seem to have 1001 uses - as a decorative plant, a medicinal and culinary herb, and other uses in the perfume and toiletry business, etc.

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A note about the Uses for Lavender - Culinary and Medicinal Uses

Herbs are God and nature's gifts to us. While the use of herbs and herb remedies has brought excellent results for many people, do note that their health benefits may be limited when they are used in isolation. However, when combined with some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition, the impact on one's health will be greatly magnified.

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Almost all parts of the plant have medicinal value. Medicinally, lavender has inbuilt versatility to treat a wide variety of ailments like rashes, infections, rheumatism, colds, insomnia, mood disturbances, depression etc.

In the culinary sphere, the lavender herb is a tasty add-on ingredient to salads, stews, drinks, etc.

Lavender is available commercially in various forms and preparations and is usually made from the dried flowers and essential oils of the lavender plant.

These preparations are available in multifarious forms like lavender aromatherapy oils, lavender extracts, lavender infusions, lavender teas, lavender tinctures, whole dried lavender flowers, lavender lotions, lavender soaps, lavender bath gels, lavender body washes, and lavender hand lotions.

Thus, as you can see, there are many different uses for lavender.

Aromatherapy with Lavender

One of the main uses for lavender essential oil is through aromatherapy, and some of these uses for lavender are listed as follow.

  • Due to its camphorous smell, lavender is hung in bundles or sachets to repel moths and insects. It works well as a fly-repellant.

  • Lavender sachets are also stored in sachets and serves as a moth-repellant for woolens.

  • Vaporizing rings can be fixed around light bulbs, or a drop of lavender oil can be rubbed on to the surface of a bulb. This works as a diffuser and releases a gentle fragrance in the room when the bulb heats up.

  • Lavender buds can be strewn on carpets indoors. When they get crushed under the feet, they release the enticing perfume, which helps combat pet odors.

  • Linens and other items of clothing are dried over large tracts where lavender is grown in large quantities, since the evaporating oils from the plants infuse the linens with a mild, pleasant fragrance.

    Culinary Uses for Lavender

    The flavor of the lavender herb is very pronounced and intense and, if overdone, it can overwhelm the olfactory sense and palate. This must be borne in mind while preparing recipes using lavender.

    Miniscule amounts of lavender are used as flavor inducers in vinegars, sorbets, baked items, stews and lavender jellies.

    Highly diluted lavender oil is used in gargles to subdue the strong, unpleasant taste and smell of therapeutic drugs.

    Home-made Lavender Ice Cream - a simple recipe using lavender

  • 2 1/2 cups of organic milk
  • 1 cup raw brown sugar
  • 4 cups light cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 handful fresh Lavender angustifolia flowers.


  • Milk and fresh lavender to be heated on a low flame (avoid boiling the mixture).
  • Pour mixture through strainer and stir in the salt and sugar while hot.
  • Stir in vanilla extract & cream.
  • Chill immediately, for a minimum of 2 hours.
  • Churn or process as ice cream maker directs.
  • Prior to removing from the ice cream maker, sprinkle in a few fresh florets of lavender as garnish.

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