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Lovely Lavender!

Inspired by the aromatic fields of Lavender in Provence, France, we thought we would look into a few of the uses this multitalented flower has and how we can all benefit from bringing this medicinal herb into our homes.

Throughout history, lavender has been used repeatedly; the ancient Egyptians used it for cosmetics, Roman soldiers used lavender to treat war wounds and treat skin ailments. Queen Elizabeth I drank a lavender tea to treat her headaches and promoted the development of lavender farms. During Queen Victoria’s reign, street sellers in London sold dried lavender in muslin bags for wardrobes and between bedsheets and young women wore small sachets in their cleavage to attract suitors! 

Lavender is well known for as a soothing scent to calm anxiety and help you unwind before bed to slip into a peaceful slumber with ease. You can easily make lavender tea by placing the flowers in a diffuser, covered with boiling water and left to steep for 10 minutes.

Having a posy of dried flowers next to your bed is a pretty way of releasing that beneficial lavender aroma. Defusing lavender essential oil into your room before bedtime is another way to help you relax and get sleepy, using an oil burner or try a couple of drops of essential oils on your radiator.       

This herb is also edible and has been used to flavour a range of goodies from sweets, biscuits cakes and cocktails - the key is to pair it with another strong flavour, e.g. lemon, so it does not taste like soap! You might wish to try this rather delicious lavender and lemon cake recipe:

Lavender cake

Ingredients
250g plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
125g caster sugar
1½ tbsp edible lavender
2 unwaxed lemons, finely grated zest only
2 large free-range eggs
200g plain, full-fat yoghurt100g unsalted butter, melted

  1. Heat your oven to 180C/350F.  Line a 1kg loaf tin with baking paper.
  2. Mix together the flour, raising agents, sugar, lavender (saving a little to garnish) and lemon zest in a mixing bowl.
  3. Beat the eggs with the yoghurt and melted butter in a jug. Pour this onto the dry ingredients and, mix using a spatula, until combined.
  4. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
  5. Once cooled ice and decorate as you wish.

If you want to decorate your bedroom with these dreamy flowers, our new Sorong Bedding is a perfect choice. The print on the cotton sateen in a luxurious 220 thread count, depicts pretty lavender and other meadow flowers with splashes of watercolour in soft blues, pale olive and warm amethyst tones.

You can bring in the beautiful hazy colour of the lavender fields with this totally insta-worthy and gorgeous Wide Knit Lilac Blush Throw: warm and stylish!

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