A member of the mint family, many varieties of lavender (Lavandula) have been cultivated through the ages. With a range of antioxidant, antimicrobial, sedative, calming and antidepressive properties, lavender oil is a powerhouse of plant medicine. Relaxing lavender essential oil is often used as a supplement to promote feelings of calm and alleviate sleep problems and anxiety. Lavender helps restore the nervous system, helping with restlessness, irritability, panic attacks, nervous tension and digestive upset.
Lavender essential oil and lavender flowers
Dried lavender and lavender flowers like angel bake offer pure lavender which is a more subtle floral scent. One teaspoon of lavender extract will go very far for a nice airy and floral touch on your recipe card. Dried culinary lavender or organic lavender is even added to brands of vodka, almond extract, craft beer, vanilla paste and earl grey tea. Chocolate lavender is becoming very popular.
Lavender extract for baking
Pure lavender extract comes from pure lavender buds without any food colorings. Some will make their homemade extract similar to how they would make vanilla extract. Culinary lavenders tend to include natural lavender extract stored in glass jars though finding the extract recipes can be difficult when looking for the right amount of lavender flavor. You can bake with lavender with liquid glycerin and other natural extracts.
Angel Bake Dried Lavender
Organic lavender is generally found in the recipe card for earl grey and other subtle floral tastes like in dried culinary lavender. It can be found in other natural extracts like almond extract and other brands of vodka to add a nice floral touch for those that choose to bake with lavender. It is generally stored in glass jars.