I published a photo of some newly gathered lavender on my Facebook page the other day, and one of my readers requested for suggestions on how to collect, dry and utilize lavender. Rather of adding a long comment on Facebook, I chose to write this post.
HOW TO HARVEST LAVENDER
The best time to collect lavender is prior to the flower buds have totally opened, however you can gather them after they open too, the fragrance just will not be as strong.
Gathering lavender is simple. Merely snip the stem of the flower directly below the flowers.
You can cut the stems longer if preferred, which would work better for flower arrangements or hanging.
HOW TO DRY LAVENDER.
Drying lavender is simply as simple as collecting it, and there are numerous ways to dry lavender.
Lavender drys fairly rapidly, so you could merely lay it on a dry counter top or table. You might also spread it out on some paper or a drying rack. It needs to just take a few days for lavender to dry if laid flat. You’ll understand the lavender is done drying when the flowers feel breakable.
Many websites say to connect the stems of lavender in a bundle, and hang them upside down to dry. I discover this method laborious, and it really isn’t required. If you want to ensure the stems remain upright while they’re drying, you can dry them upside down. If you chose to utilize this approach for drying lavender, tie the bundle loosely and hang it in a warm, dry place to avoid mildew.
I use a dehydrator to dry my lavender. My dehydrator has a setting for herbs, which is what I use. If your dehydrator does not have this setting, dry lavender on your dehydrators lowest setting. It just takes a couple hours for lavender to dry in a dehydrator, and the entire home smells fantastic while it’s drying.
HOW TO USE LAVENDER.
Lavender has many terrific usages, that I won’t even attempt to note them all here. My preferred use for lavender is making lavender tea. You could also utilize dried lavender to make potpourri or lavender sachets to freshen up closets and drawers. Lavender doesn’t need to be dried in order to be utilized. Fresh or dried lavender can be used for cooking or baking, tossed into salads, in tea or other beverages like mixed drinks and lemonade, or sprayed into bath water. Somebody informed me they made lavender cookies as soon as, how tasty does that noise?
HOW TO STORE DRIED LAVENDER.
You can get rid of the flower buds from the stem by carefully running your fingers along the stem, or you can store dried lavender stems whole.
I like to keep dried lavender in a mason jar, or it can be stored in a paper bag or box. Dried lavender can be stored for a number of years, however the aroma will fade gradually.