Lavender Flowers

Lavender Infused Vodka

Recipe courtesy of FGO customer CJS :)

Ingredients/Materials

  • 1 750ml bottle of vodka (CJS prefers Absolut)

  • Mason jar with lid

  • 3 Tbsps FGO Organic Lavender Flowers

  • Fine mesh sieve

  • Funnel

Instructions

Pour vodka into mason jar and add 3 Tbsps of FGO Organic Lavender Flowers. Let mixture infuse for 4-5 days, swirling periodically to ensure the flavor is evenly dispersed throughout the vodka. On the fifth day, strain flowers from vodka into a pitcher. Pour infused vodka back into original bottle via funnel. Use for lavender-flavored cocktails!

Soothing Chamomile & Lavender Lotion

Ingredients/Materials

  • A double boiler

  • Immersion blender

  • Scale

  • 3 oz solid coconut oil

  • Cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer

  • 6 oz liquid jojoba oil

  • 1.5 oz grated beeswax

  • 8 oz distilled water

  • 5 tsp FGO Organic Chamomile Flowers

  • 5 tsp FGO Organic Lavender Flowers

Instructions

  1. Infuse Jojoba Oil - In a double boiler (this can be as simple as putting a smaller saucepan into a larger one filled about 2/3 of the way with water), place 5 tsps of FGO chamomile flowers and lavender flowers.  Pour your jojoba oil over the herbs and bring the water to a gentle boil. Over continuous heat infuse your oil for about 2 hours, checking frequently to make sure they do not overheat and stirring on occasion. Once thoroughly infused, strain the oil through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer and toss the herbs. Bottle if you plan on using it later. You can substitute the jojoba with grapeseed oil in a pinch.

  2. Mix the oils - Again using the double boiler, combine 3 oz of solid coconut oil with 6 oz of your infused jojoba oil as well as 1.5 oz of grated beeswax. Let them melt together and thoroughly blend. Remove the top saucepan or bowl and let it cool to body temperature. Stir occasionally while it cools to keep the texture smooth. When the mixture is body temperature, heat 8 oz of distilled water to body temperature and pour it into a tall container. Turn your immersion blender to low, and slowly, slowly, pour a thin stream of the oil into the water.

  3. After a few minutes a sort of cream will begin to form, don’t panic if it looks like curdled milk at first, with a little more mixing it will smooth out. Apply this lotion before bedtime to relax and help you drift off, or anytime you need relief from stress.

Recipe inspired by Every Day Roots

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup softened butter

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 2 cups different flours (1 cup all-purpose and 1 cup cake flour)

  • 1 tbs chopped fresh lavender

Instructions

In a stand mixer, cream the butter, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, and salt until thoroughly combined, (~3 min). In another bowl, sift together the all-purpose and cake flours. Slowly mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture until just combined. Mix in chopped lavender. Roll the dough to a 1/2-inch-thick. Wrap rolled dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for ~4 hours. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Cut dough into desired shapes and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake cookies until golden at the edges, (~20 mins). Remove from the oven and sprinkle with granulated sugar while still warm. Let cool completely. Enjoy and feel good!

Homemade Natural Baby Powder

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder

  • 1 tsp FGO Organic Calendula Flowers or FGO Organic Lavender Flowers powdered in a blender or food processor

Instructions

  • Powder the calendula or lavender if using.

  • Mix powdered flowers with the arrowroot powder and store in a glass jar or sugar shaker for easy use.

  • Use as you an all-natural, DIY stand-in for baby powder.

Lovely Lavender Sachets

Recipe from What No Mints

Materials

  • about 1 tablespoon dried lavender buds

  • two 3×3-inch pieces of fabric

  • scissors

  • sewing thread

  • sewing needle

Instructions

  1. Cut two identically-shaped hearts from fabric pieces

  2. Align the fabric hearts on top of one another and use a running stitch to sew them together

  3. Before finishing the stitch, fill heart with lavender buds and sew it closed

  4. Attach a loop of thread for easy hanging

Homemade Lavender Soap

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Recipe from Homemade Gifts Made Easy

Ingredients

  • 10.5oz/300g melt-and-pour soap base

  • 1/4 cup ground lavender buds (for mixing into the soap)

  • 1/4 cup lavender buds (for sprinkling on the top)

  • 5 mL (100 drops) of lavender essential oil

Instructions

  1. Melt the soap base by following the instructions on the packaging. This usually involves melting the soap in a bowl suspended over boiling water, or heating in short bursts in the microwave (fast and effective for small amounts of soap). Once all the chunks of solid soap have melted remove your mixture from the heat.

  2. Stir in lavender essential oil, and ground lavender buds (if using).

  3. Pour your mixture into the mold (rectangular tupperware).

  4. Working quickly, sprinkle your lavender buds over the surface of your soap and press down gently so that they secure in place.

  5. Once your soaps have set (refer to melt-and-pour packaging for advice on this, mine took a few hours to be completely set), tip off any unstuck lavender from the surface of your soap.

  6. Loosen the mold and gently remove soap block.

  7. Cut your soap up into the desired size using a sharp knife.

  8. Simply decorate your soap and it's ready for the perfect gift.