Region: France , Provence
Ingredients: Luxury lavender blossoms
Herbalists recommend lavender to treat migraines, ease digestive spasms, and for certain respiratory problems. Lavender is also used for soothing the nervous system, (see below directions for preparation as an infusion). Lavender is also used as a local anesthetic. It is applied as a compress directly on a cut, bruise or sprain. To make lavender decoction boil 3 tablespoons of flowers in 1 liter (or quart) for 10 minutes. For bee stings, a teaspoon of petals in a sachet soaked in very hot water and then applied to the sting can help ease the pain and swelling. Lavender is often used to make a bath a pure aromatic delight. The practice of using it in bathes dates to ancient Rome where lavender was so prized that few of the aristocracy considered bathing without it. Proof of this can be found in the root of lavenders names: In Latin, lavare means ‘to wash’. To make a nice vinegar-bases cleansing lotion to sweeten up bathwater and use as a hair rinse after shampooing, soak 1/2 cup of lavender in 1 quart of cider vinegar and allow to ‘brew’ for 1 week.
Lavender has been used as a natural pesticide. Rubbing the wood of cabinets and cupboards with the essential oil keeps mites and flies away. The dried flowers are also placed in a cloth sachet and hung in wardrobes and linen closets to keep insects and mites at bay.
Hot tea brewing method:
To prepare as an infusion, use 1 teaspoon (for a stronger infusion use 2 teaspoons) per cup of tea (about 8 ounces). Put into your teapot and add boiling water. Let steep for 2 - 3 minutes and then strain the lavender from the teapot
Cold Brewing Method: Generally not consumed as an iced tea.