Lavender Infused Honey

Lavender is beginning to enjoy a long overdue resurgence of popularity in today’s kitchens, and so we thought that you might like to have a think about some of the many ways that you can use lavender in your cooking. To many people when thinking about using lavender as an ingredient, they will think of… Read more »

Food and lavender @ Jersey Lavender

Lavender is of course an ingredient in a good number of dishes in the Jersey Lavender cafe (known locally as Sprigs Cafe) and also various edible products sold in our farm shop and online. It often surprises people that lavender can be used as a flavouring, but believe me it is delicious and there is every evidence that the… Read more »

How To Prune Lavender

There are a myriad of reasons to include a gorgeous lavender plant in your garden. Not only do they have beautiful evergreen foliage coupled with fantastic blooms, but they also release the most wonderful fragrance and they are delightfully hardy! Even the least green fingered of us can usually make a success of lavender if… Read more »

UK Lavender Plants

Those of you who live other than in the UK must forgive this one, but I can only write based on my local experience. This post is about what types of lavender you are likely to come across in the UK and some of their pros and cons for our UK climate. The first one… Read more »

Lavender Oil Producing Plants

“Lavender” is part of the broad botanical genus – Lavandula. This is thought to be made up of 50 different species, and within some of these species are perhaps hundreds of different cultivars/varieties. For the purposes of lavender oil we are mainly concerned with two species –lavandula angustifolia (sometimes called English lavender or true lavender),… Read more »

Cooking With Lavender

If you could take a peek into a medieval kitchen, amongst the other herbs and spices that were on offer there would be nearly always be an abundance of lavender. It’s said that Queen Elizabeth 1st insisted that a jar of lavender conserve was served with every meal and that she was a devotee of… Read more »

Lavender For Mother’s Day

Lavender is the ultimate feminine scent, so why not spoil your mum this Mother’s Day with a beautiful lavender scented gift? Traditionally sprigs of lavender were given to women in labour, as squeezing the fragrant bundles was said to give them strength and courage during childbirth. To this effect the scent of lavender is deeply… Read more »

Lavender and Love

With Valentine’s Day approaching, it seems a good time to examine some of the symbolic uses of lavender, and what lavender has often been thought to mean. As far back as Roman times lavender was highly prized for its use in the bath houses to fragrance and purify the bathing waters (it is believed that… Read more »

The Many Benefits Of Eucalyptus Oil

In the history of essential oils, Eucalyptus is a relative newcomer, only having become known from its native Australia in the mid 19th century. However this in no way diminishes its amazing array of beneficial effects. Eucalyptus can not only be used a fantastic aromatic and freshener, but it also has a number of medical… Read more »

Lovely Lavender Loves Your Linen

One of the first things that comes to most people’s minds when thinking about Lavender is it’s wonderful aroma, and so it’s no surprise that Lavender has been used for centuries to fragrance both ourselves and our homes. This tradition can be continued today, especially when thinking about using Lavender amongst your linen and in… Read more »