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Some Lavender Recipes
Lavender Insect Repelling Spray
This is used for aphids, mildew, rust and whitefly on household plants and vegetables
Half a bucket of twigs, leaves and flowers roughly chopped, 1 bucket of boiling water, a quarter of a bucket of marigold sprigs and 1 cup of soap powder.
Pour the boiling water over the leaves and stand overnight to draw.  Next morning, strain.  Dump the spent sprigs and leaves on the compost heap.  Mix in the soap powder and stir well.  Spray or splash onto plants.  This can be used to wash out dog kennels and bird cages.
Lavender Insect Repelling Candles
Six white candles, 1 tspn blue or purple was crayon scrapings, 2 tablespoons of English lavender flowers and buds, 1 tspn lavender oil and 1 tsp citronella oil.
Melt the candles in an old saucepan, add the crayon scrapings, add the other ingreds and mix.  Pour into paper cups  -- add a wick beforehand.  Allow to set, top up with more wax .  Add an odd drop of lavender oil once you light it.
Lavender Brew Tea
This tea can be sipped to sooth tension headaches, dizziness, nausea, nervousness, indigestion depression etc.  It aso help rheumatic joints, pains, arthritis, gout , stiff muscles and cramps.  Aids insomnia.
Quarter of a cup of fresh lavender leaves and flowers, 1 cup of boiling water. 
Pour the boiling water over the lavender and let it stand for 5 mins before straining.  Sweeten with honey or sugar or add a squeeze of lemon juice.
Lavender Massage Cream
Great for aches, pains, itching, cramps and sprains.  Massage into heels and calf muscles if you’ve had a long day.
1 cup acqueous cream, 1 cup lavender leaves and flowers, 6 drops of lavender essential oil, 2 teaspoons of wheatgerm oil.
Warm the cream and lavender gently in a double boiler for 20 mins.  Strain and add oils.  Mix well and pour into a sterilised jar.
Lavender Honey
Push 5 lavender flowers into a bottle of unsolidified honey.  Stand the whole jar in a pot of hot water to infuse the oils.  Store for a month before using and then strain.
Lavender Liquor
Grate the rind of 6 large, sweet oranges.  Squeeze out the juice and pour it into a large glass jar.  Mix in 1 litre of brandy and 2 cups of sugar.  Add the rind and 1 tablespoon of lavender flowers.  Seal well.  Shake it and infuse for no less that 6 weeks.  Strain and pour into a decanter.
Lavender Crumpets   - makes 24
2 c cake flour, 4 teaspoons of baking powder, pinch salt, 3 beaten eggs, 4 tablespoons of sugar, 1 cup of milk, half a tablespoon of fresh lavender flowers, 2 tablespoons of soft butter.

Lavender Insect Repelling Spray

This is used for aphids, mildew, rust and whitefly on household plants and vegetablesHalf a bucket of twigs, leaves and flowers roughly chopped, 1 bucket of boiling water, a quarter of a bucket of marigold sprigs and 1 cup of soap powder.Pour the boiling water over the leaves and stand overnight to draw.  Next morning, strain.  Dump the spent sprigs and leaves on the compost heap.  Mix in the soap powder and stir well.  Spray or splash onto plants.  This can be used to wash out dog kennels and bird cages.

Lavender Insect Repelling Candles

Six white candles, 1 tspn blue or purple was crayon scrapings, 2 tablespoons of English lavender flowers and buds, 1 tspn lavender oil and 1 tsp citronella oil.Melt the candles in an old saucepan, add the crayon scrapings, add the other ingreds and mix.  Pour into paper cups  -- add a wick beforehand.  Allow to set, top up with more wax .  Add an odd drop of lavender oil once you light it.

Lavender Brew Tea

This tea can be sipped to sooth tension headaches, dizziness, nausea, nervousness, indigestion depression etc.  It aso help rheumatic joints, pains, arthritis, gout , stiff muscles and cramps.  Aids insomnia.Quarter of a cup of fresh lavender leaves and flowers, 1 cup of boiling water. Pour the boiling water over the lavender and let it stand for 5 mins before straining.  Sweeten with honey or sugar or add a squeeze of lemon juice.

Lavender Massage Cream

Great for aches, pains, itching, cramps and sprains.  Massage into heels and calf muscles if you’ve had a long day.1 cup acqueous cream, 1 cup lavender leaves and flowers, 6 drops of lavender essential oil, 2 teaspoons of wheatgerm oil.Warm the cream and lavender gently in a double boiler for 20 mins.  Strain and add oils.  Mix well and pour into a sterilised jar.

Lavender Honey

Push 5 lavender flowers into a bottle of unsolidified honey.  Stand the whole jar in a pot of hot water to infuse the oils.  Store for a month before using and then strain.

Lavender Liquor

Grate the rind of 6 large, sweet oranges.  Squeeze out the juice and pour it into a large glass jar.  Mix in 1 litre of brandy and 2 cups of sugar.  Add the rind and 1 tablespoon of lavender flowers.  Seal well.  Shake it and infuse for no less that 6 weeks.  Strain and pour into a decanter.

Lavender Crumpets   - makes 24

2 c cake flour, 4 teaspoons of baking powder, pinch salt, 3 beaten eggs, 4 tablespoons of sugar, 1 cup of milk, half a tablespoon of fresh lavender flowers, 2 tablespoons of soft butter.

 

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