Who doesn’t love lavender? The smell, the beautiful flowers and the benefits.
We have a lavender plant that we bought from a farm in Virginia called White Oak Lavender Farm a couple of years ago and it is thriving. If you are ever nearby you should check it out. It is beautiful and everyone there was so nice and helpful. I hope to return next month while we are at Massanutten with family.
I recently started selling Young Living essential oils and lavender oil is very popular. Lavender has a scent that’s a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm. It’s this dynamic aroma that has made the flower a classic for perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products. Here are some of the many benefits of lavender:
- Reduce anxiety and emotional stress
- Protect against diabetes symptoms
- Improve brain function
- Help to heal burns and wounds
- Improve sleep
- Restore skin complexion and reduce acne
- Slow aging with powerful antioxidants
- Relieve pain
- Alleviate headaches
It has always been a favorite scent of mine and I just love the flowers. My bees really like them as well. I use the oil on an almost daily basis because I love it so much.
I have used lavender in other jams and jellies in the past but decided to make it the star this year with its own jelly. It was really easy to make and the house smelled amazing for a couple of days. It only requires a couple very simple ingredients and does not require a lot of time, which makes it even better in my book. The recipe calls for dried flowers but I decided to use fresh flowers straight from my garden and it still worked really well.
The jelly turned out beautifully, it is always so rewarding to see the finished product. The lids popping to indicate that the jars are sealed is the best sound ever when you are canning. Very satisfying, we all listen for them once we remove the jars from the canner.
This is the recipe that I used, I found it through Genius Kitchen and it is super easy to follow.
3 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup dried edible lavender flowers
1 lemon, juice of
1 (1 3/4 ounce) boxes dry pectin or 1 (3 ounce) envelopes liquid pectin
4 cups sugar
- In a large saucepan over high heat bring water just to a boil.
- Remove from heat and stir in dried lavender flowers. Cover and let steep for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a deep kettle or pot, discarding the lavender flowers.
- Stir in lemon juice and pectin; continue stirring until the pectin is thoroughly dissolved.
- Over high heat, bring the mixture to a hard rolling boil (a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down).
- Add sugar. When the jelly solution returns to a hard rolling boil, let it boil for 2 to 4 minutes (see below), stirring occasionally.
- Boil Times:.
- 2 minutes – soft gel.
- 4 minutes – medium gel.
- Testing for “jell” (thickness – I keep a metal tablespoon sitting in a glass of ice water, then take a half spoonful of the mix and let it cool to room temperature on the spoon. If it thickens up to the consistency I like, then I know the jelly is ready. If not, I mix in a little more pectin (about 1 teaspoon to 1/2 of another package) and bring it to a boil again for 1 minute.
- After boiling, transfer the jelly into hot sterilized jars. Fill them to within 1/4 inch of the top, wipe any spilled jam off the top, seat the lid and tighten the ring around them.
- Process in a water bath for 10 minutes. Remove jars to wire rack and let cool before serving.
- Makes five 1/2 pints
Recipe from Genius Kitchen, you can find the recipe here http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/lavender-jelly-412026
Would love to hear your comments if you decide to try this recipe. Hope you love it as much as I do.
“Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard (lavender), very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.” (Gospel of John, 12:3)