How to Make Lavender Syrup
Holiday time for me has come and gone. I had such an amazing time and we managed to pack in so much in our month away. It truly was a special holiday.
One of the highlights for me was being able to visit a couple of lavender farms / distilleries in South France (I know right! 😊).
We were fortunate enough to chat with the owner of La Ferme aux Lavandes which is located in Sault en Provence. This boutique lavender farm has been in the family for five generations and they still pick all their lavender by hand!
There was a very cute little hut by the side of the road selling their lavender products and a gorgeous seating area to sit in to relax and have a refreshing drink while being surrounded by the lavender fields. Beautiful.
The other lavender distillery that we visited was ‘Distillerie Aroma’plantes’ which was bigger and produced essential oils and hydrosols from a range of plants including lavender.
Their farm has been organic since the 70’s and because it was the ‘off season’ we were lucky enough to get a private tour to have a look around. It was heartening to see that what we’re doing with our small alembic still is just the same as what they’re doing with their ginormous beast of a still. It’s just on a larger scale (obviously 😊) and takes up a few more sheds!!
Distillerie Aroma’plantes also had a boutique shop with a range of plant products that they make in their purpose-built factory. So, I was like a kid in a candy store!
There’s one thing that I brought back which I’m really enjoying … Lavender Syrup.
I’ve been adding approx. 1-2 ml of lavender syrup to a glass of sparkling water in the afternoons or at the end of the day.
OMG I’m addicted!
It is a refreshing drink with just a hint of lavender.
So, I decided to make my own lavender syrup, and to be honest, it couldn’t be simpler to make.
In the morning after the dew had dried, I picked a few lavender heads from my garden and went about making my own syrup. The smell that I got while cooking the syrup was worth it alone, as a gentle lavender aroma filled the house.
Lavender Syrup Recipe
Prep time: 1 min
Cook time: 36 mins (includes 30 min steeping time)
Makes: 1 cup
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 cup sugar (I used coconut sugar which made the syrup quite dark. Stick with white sugar if you prefer a lighter coloured syrup).
- *5-10 unsprayed **fresh lavender heads (if you want to have a gentle hint of lavender then Lavandula angustifolia aka English Lavender is best to use).
- Put all ingredients together in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for a few minutes until the sugar has dissolved.
- Remove from heat and steep for 30 minutes.
- Strain to remove lavender heads and pour into a glass bottle with a secure lid.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to a month.
* Adjust to suit your taste.
** Fresh lavender heads can be replaced with 1 tbsp of dried lavender.
There are lots of other ways you can use lavender syrup. Other suggestions are …
- In cocktails or in a wine spritzer (not just sparkling water drinks 😊)
- Drizzle over yoghurt, berries or fruit salad.
- Also drizzle over ice cream.
- Deliciously different as a syrup on pancakes (instead of maple syrup).
- Stir a teaspoon of lavender syrup into a glass of iced green tea.
- Add as a sweetener to lavender tea.
- Use it to make cake icing or sweeten whipped cream.
Apparently lavender syrup is really yum in gin cocktails … so this is on my list to try 😊.
These are just a few ways but I am sure there are many more. Flick me a note if you know of any others! I’d love to try them.
I’m sure you’re aware of the main benefits of using lavender especially as an essential oil. It is particularly helpful at bringing about a sense of calm and balance and is emotionally comforting.
If lavender syrup is not your thing but you’d love to get the benefits of using lavender to help you relax. Check out these beautiful essential oil synergies to use in an oil burner or diffuser … Tranquillus and Butterfly Wings. They each contain the pure essential oil of lavender along with other calming and emotionally supportive essential oils.
– Mel xo
Quiescent – pure plant oils + massage
(Founder + lover of plant oils)
PS: A wee note of caution – lavender is considered a safe herb but if you are pregnant or in doubt over a certain health issue please consult with a medical practitioner before ingesting.
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Published on October 20, 2017