Lavender Leaves Uses
Are there uses for Lavender leaves? Can you eat Lavender leaves? What to do with dried Lavender leaves? Are Lavender leaves edible? What about cooking with Lavender leaves? These are the many questions we are asked all about Lavender leaves and they will be answered below.
You can use Lavender leaves for some of the same things you would use the Lavender flowers for such as in Lavender sachets. Add them inside sachets where you will not see the filling such as Lavender eye pillows or in other aromatherapy products like potpourris.
Add them when making Lavender candles. The leaves can be pretty too when combined with the dried Lavender buds. The same holds true when making lavender soap. Mix in either fresh Lavender leaves or dried along with the buds.
One of the easiest uses for Lavender leaves is making Lavender oil. You can make an infused oil using both the leaves and the flowers. This oil can be used for massage, or cooking depending on what base oil you choose.
Every part of the plant may be used to make distilled Lavender oil. If you are fortunate to have a home still you can use both the leaves and the flowers to make Lavender essential oil. Be forewarned that you will need a lot of plant material to make a very small quantity of pure Lavender oil.
An easy homemade floral water can be made by very gently simmering Lavender leaves and/or flowers in water for an hour then allowing to cool and straining off the plant material before bottling up. This is not the same thing as a Lavender hydrosol, though it can be used in the same ways such as a linen/room spray.
Both Lavender leaves and stems may be used to flavor foods. The stems of the sturdy varieties make great kabob skewers for grilling. Leaves can be very finely minced and sprinkled on to add flavor to savory foods. Just make sure that the harvested Lavender came from plants that were not sprayed or exposed to any chemicals before you use for cooking.
Lavender leaves make a great Lavender tea. Who says you have to use just flowers? Use what's available.
Drying Lavender Leaves
How to dry Lavender leaves? Drying Lavender leaves is very simple. Just pick fresh Lavender leaves from throughout the plant. Harvest leaves so as not to strip any one area totally bare. You don't want the Lavender plants to be an eyesore or to overly stress the plant and kill it. Choose Lavender leaves that are large and have good color and pick them individually.
Spread the leaves out on a tray and set them in a warm dark place where they will dry rather quickly. Drying Lavender leaves quickly will help to preserve color, flavor and most importantly the Lavender scent! Store leaves whole in airtight containers or in Ziplock bags placed in the freezer until ready to add to Lavender recipes.