This lavender honey will please your body and melt your mind in the most luxurious way. Lavender is uplifting to the heart and mind. It eases anxiety, relieves stress and promotes more restful sleep. When you combine lavender’s floral and balsamic aroma with the sweet, soothing properties of raw honey you have a recipe for total relaxation and perfect peace. You can find more about lavender’s medicinal benefits, here.
This delicious nectar is versatile and can be used in lots of ways. Add a spoonful to a cup of hot water for an instant cup of calming lavender tea. Drizzle on fruit, ice cream or other desserts for a subtle floral flavor. In fact, you can use this lavender honey in any recipe that calls for honey to lend a hint of lavender in the finished dish. Of course you can simply eat this honey by the spoonful. It’s that hard to resist.
Ingredients // Materials
- Raw honey
- Dried lavender flowers ( Lavendula angustifolia)
- Jar with a tight-fitting lid
- Coffee grinder (optional)
This recipe uses the folk method rather than precise measurements. It you are accustomed to recipes with exact measurements, take a deep breath, inhale some lavender and proceed into uncharted waters. You may even discover some freedom and more room for creativity using the folk method. If it makes you feel better, make a note of the amount of lavender and honey you use, and you’ll have exact measurements you prefer the next time around.
- Grind the dried lavender to a powder in the coffee grinder or using a mortar and pestle. If you don’t have a grinder and the lavender blossoms are whole, use your hands to break them apart.
- Fill the jar with the lavender.
- Pour honey into the jar until the flowers are completely submerged and the jar is full. Gently stir with a small spoon or chopstick (the herbalist’s tool of choice) to remove air bubbles.
- Cap the jar and label.
- Allow the honey to sit undisturbed for 4-6 weeks. Thought not essential, low heat will encourage the extraction. For low heat, place the jar in a brown paper bag in a sunny place or in a dehydrator set to approximately 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- After 4-6 weeks, strain the lavender flowers from the honey. Warming the honey first, makes it easier to strain.
The longer you allow the lavender to steep in the honey the richer the flavor. I like to taste the developing flavors every week or so, and may decide to strain the lavender early, depending on the flavor. Let your senses guide you.
If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think! Leave a comment and let me know if you have any questions. And don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #nectarapothecary on Instagram! I love seeing what you come up with.
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