Lavender and Lemons... a homemade apothocary


In recent weeks I've been drying a lot of the herbs we've been growing this season. And I've been making some homemade remedies and goodies for use in the kitchen with lavender and lemons. I thought I'd share a little of what's been "cooking" here with some pictures, recipes (my own), and links to other recipes and ideas. 

Here's a gentle herbal tea blend that I make--a cup is very relaxing at the end of the day...

Bedtime Herbal Tea

2 tablespoons dried chamomile
2 tablespoons dried lavender
1 tablespoon dried mint
1 tablespoon dried lemon balm
(optional: 1 tablespoon dried rose petals make a lovely addition to the blend)

Mix dried herbs together and store in a glass jar. To make tea: in a cup or mug, place a teaspoon of the dried herbal mix in a metal mesh tea ball (or  in a small piece of cheese cloth tied up) and place in the cup. Pour hot water over the tea ball, and let tea steep for 5-10 minutes. Remove tea ball. Sweeten tea, to taste, if desired. 


Lavender and lemons... two of my favorite flavors and fragrances... mmm... 


Lavender Infused Oil is lovely to use as a massage oil for the body (really nice for tired feet!) and can be dabbed on insect bites and more, as well as be used as a base for making one's own salves, creams or lotions. Another lavender lovely to have stored away is Lavender Tincture, which can be rubbed into the temples for mild headache and/or insomnia relief, as well as to treat mild skin abrasion or infections. For recipes for the Lavender Oil and Lavender Tinctures, see this great article--10 Things to Make with Lavender--from this great natural living blog, The Nerdy Farm Wife.

For baking, I've mixed up some Lavender Sugar:
1 cup granulated white sugar + 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers. Mix together in a small bowl and store in a glass jar, or other air-tight container. Wait a few weeks before use, shaking jar occasionally, to let the flavors and aromas develop. LOVELY sprinkled on cakes or cookies--or IN the cakes and cookies! 


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I made Blueberry-Lavender Jam... inspired by a recipe I found in this Norwegian recipe book all about jam making, Syltetøy året rundt. Lavender and blueberry together is such a lovely combination! I make small batches of jam and freeze it.


Lemon Vinegar and Lemon Infused Olive Oil (the oil recipe from a beautiful seasonal living blog, Little Birdie) both of these are great bases for making salad dressings, sauces and much more! (I re-purpose all kinds of glass bottles and jars to use again. I reused some glass bottles that vinegar came in for these.)


And did you know you can freeze lemons?! This works for most citrus...


I zest the lemons, and freeze the zest. (In a small glass jar, kept in the freezer. When I need some zest I scoop some out with a teaspoon. Best solution I've found so far for the zest.) Then I quarter the lemons and line up the pieces on a baking tray and freeze them. Once frozen, the lemon wedges are put into an air tight container and kept in the freezer. They get a bit mushy when defrosted, but the juice is just like fresh. (The juice of the lemons could, of course, also be frozen in ice cube trays, and the cubes kept in a container in the freezer.

Most of these goodies will last almost a year in their preservation, and I like knowing our cupboards and freezer are being stocked for the months ahead--for healing, and for enjoyment. Although, the jam won't last a whole year here...we LOVE jam too much! ;)


Comments

  1. Thank you so much for sharing these recipes for various ailments and etc. I was excited to read about the Bedtime Herbal Tea. I have a struggle going to sleep; so will try this one to see if it helps.
    I will look up the links on the Lavendar. I do believe these herbals have great healing properties.
    I love jams so Blueberry and Lavendar Jam sounds intriguing and I do like jam recipes you can freeze.
    Thanks for the links for using lemons as a base in Salad dressings. I will investigate these sites.
    I did not know you could freeze lemons and citrus; this is awesome. I must try this one.
    This isn't all going to happen until after our mission ends next month. I am looking forward to spending a little more time in the kitchen and you continue to be inspiring.
    Sending loving thought from my heart to you! Hugs~

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    1. Much as you love your mission work and the bless it is, LeAnn, I am glad for you that you'll soon have some time for other extras... other blessings. ;)

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  2. I'm copying those lemon recipes. And I didn't know you could freeze lemons. Sometimes I buy to many or just don't get my project done and boom, they spoil or get very hard! Excellent tips all. You've been SO busy and I'll bet your house smells fabulous every single day!

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    1. The freezing of lemons has been a great addition to our kitchen! I've done the same--buy one or two too many, and one starts to go off. With freezing you can catch them before that happens. And it's nice knowing I've got lemon around for just adding a squeeze to a sauce or something. Doing the juicing and freezing is more involved, of course, but a good choice too. :)

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  3. You have some great ideas there Tracy! I love all of them. I love all you share anyways. You always have such a gentle spirit about everything you do. Visits to you are very calming. Love you to bits! xoxo

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    1. Thank you for the sweet thoughts, Marie... :) ((HUGS))

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  4. love this very much! (I must of missed it first time around!) :) God bless you and thanks for sharing!

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    1. Happy to share, Elizabeth... God Bless you ((HUGS))

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