Friday, July 28, 2006

Pink Lavender Lemonade

We still have a heat wave in Denmark, this drink is refreshing.
If you want alcohol try to add Vodka.

1 cup = 2,3 dl.

6-8 servings

2 ½ c Water
1 ½ c Sugar
½ c Frozen or fresh, hulled strawberries
¼ c Fresh Lavender flowers chopped
2 ¼ c Fresh Lemon juice
2 ½ c Water
½ c Sugar

In a saucepan, blend 2 ½ cups water, sugar and strawberries.
Bring to boiling mark, stir to dissolve sugar.
Lower heat.
Simmer 5 minutes to extract pink from strawberries.
Remove from oven.
Stir in lavender flowers.
Cover and cool.
Strain cooled liquid into large pitcher, gently pressing juice from strawberries.
Add remaining 2 ½ cups water and lemon juice.
Stir well.
Add ½ cup of sugar.
Add ice cubes.
Garnish with lavender flowers.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Make Your Own Lavender Potpourri

When making potpourri you can use almost anything in your garden to make an aromatic potpourri mixture.
Traditionally, potpourri is a mixture of dried flowers and other ingredients,
placed in open containers, like small bowls or cups and placed to allow their
aroma to delicately scent the room. Sachets are usually small cloth "pillows" containing potpourri, which can be used almost anywhere. Sachets have the
advantage of being portable, you can place them in drawers, pin them to pillows, or carry them in your purse wherever you go.


Generally, potpourri ingredients should not be finely ground, petals of flowers should be lightly crushed. Ingredients such as cinnamon sticks or orange peels
should be broken into small pieces or finely chopped.

Some flowers that are especially good to use in potpourri as well as some herbs that work well in potpourri.


Experiment, use your imagination and whatever you have at hand. Get recipes and lists of flowers and herbs to use, in my newletter...


Monday, July 24, 2006

Lavender Bread

1 cup = 2,3 dl.
1 tbsp = tablespoon = 15 ml.

Ingrediens:

1 pkg active dry yeast
¼ cup warm water
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
¼ cup honey
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp dried lavender buds
1 tbsp fresh lemon thyme
½ tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
¼ tsp baking soda
2 eggs
2½ cups unbleached flour
butter

Preheat the oven to 350°F /180°C
In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. In larger bowl, blend together the cottage cheese, honey, butter, herbs, baking soda and eggs. Stir in the yeast blend. Gradually add flour to form a stiff dough, beating well after each addition. Cover and let rise about 1 hour or till doubled in bulk.

Stir the dough down with a spoon. Place in a well-greased casserole or individual pie tins. Let rise 30 to 40 minutes or till doubled in bulk. Bake for one hour for a large loaf and 20 to 30 minutes for the small loaves.

When done, turn, onto a rack, brush top with soft butter and let cool.

Enjoy!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Culinary Lavender, Which to Use

Which lavender to use in cooking? When I searched the Intenet I found the answer here:

It is usually the English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) buds that are used in cooking. The English lavender is the preferred lavender of choice for cooking because of its sweet fragrance. There are two main types of Lavender used for cooking:

English Lavender known as Lavendula angustifolia officianalis (also known as True Lavender or Vera)

Lavendula x intermedia "Provence" (a hybrid).

We suggest "Provence"* as a culinary lavender as the most appealing as it has a lower camphor and resin content than "Officianalis".

Continue:



Saturday, July 22, 2006

Lavender Fairy Cookies

It's cookie time!!!!

1 cup = 2,3 dl.
1 tablespoon = 5 ml.

½ cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 vanilla pod - slice it from end to end and scoop out the black vanilla seeds.
1 tablespoon lavender flowers, finely chopped
1½ cup flour
2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 375 F/190 C

Whip sugar and butter to a cream
Beat in eggs and the vanilla
Stir in the dry ingredients
Mix well
Place half-teaspoons on a ungreased baking sheet

Bake 8-10 minutes
Cool on the baking sheet

Enjoy!


Beat in eggs and vanilla corn

Using Essential Oils with Babies and Children

When my son was a baby, he woke up every night at 3AM, it almost drove me crazy, but after giving him a tissue with a drop of lavender, he slep though the nights. I was happy and so was he.

Enjoy this article.

To introduce aromatherapy to babies place 2 drops of essential oil (try Lavender) on a tissue and keep it nearby when you are feeding him or her. He will come to associate the aroma with love and comfort.

Use this scent at night to help him sleep. When you leave the child with a sitter the aroma will comfort and reassure him.

Use 1 drop Chamomile oil on a washcloth wrapped ice cube to relieve teething pain in children.

Children love it when their bath water smells good.
Lavender and Roman Chamomile are good choices for small children. It is best to add the essential oils to some milk or liquid soap before adding to the tub. Use 1-3 total drops per bath. Be sure to keep all bottles of essential oils away from children.
When planning a children's party choose the Citrus oils like Orange and Mandarin to use in the diffuser or Aroma Lamp. They are happy yet calming scents that all children love.

Citrus oils can be used as natural cleaning agents
around the house. Simply add a few drops of Orange, Lemon, Bergamot or Mandarin oil to water, moisten a clean cloth with the mixture and wipe down children's rooms and school bags.


Scent children's drawers
containing nighttime clothing with Lavender and Chamomile essential oils applied to cotton balls. Works for Moms too! Sweet Dreams!


Dosages
Essential oil use: Children respond very well to LOW Dosages of essential oils especially for anger and irritability. Use 1/3 the adult dose.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Aphrodisiac Massage Oil

Although this blog is about lavender oil - I want to you have this lovely massage blend without lavender.

50 ml = 1,69 fl. oz

5 drops Rose oil
10 drops Sandalwood oil
5 drops Jasmine oil
5 drops Bergamot oil
50 ml Jojoba Oil

Method of use
Blend the essential oils in the Jojoba.
Massage it on the skin.

Enjoy

Massage Blend for Normal Skin

We can all use some massage. Out skin loves it we fell better.

6 drops Lavender oil
6 drops Geranium oil
50 ml Almond oil

Blend the two essentials oils with the almond oil.

Use this blend either as a massage oil or a tonic for your skin.

Enjoy!

Oneline Resume Workshop

Resume Workshop:

The nice people over at Owl.English has a online workshop for resume letter writing.

Write you resume with ease and enjoy at the same time!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

LWF Lavender Vanilla Ice

www.lavenderwind.com


1 C = cup = 2,3 dl.
tsp = teaspoon = 5 ml.

LWF Lavender Vanilla Ice

2 C Heavy cream
1 C Milk
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 C Sugar
2 Finely ground lavender

This is a very pure lavendery ice cream. It's important to grind up the
lavender as finely as possible - both for better flavor and for better
texture.

Using an automatic ice cream maker - pour all the chilled ingredients
into the ice cream maker's bowl and process until it's as firm as you
want it. Transfer the ice cream into containers and put in your freezer
to get a bit harder.

Enjoy!