Lavish Lavender

When you think of lavender you may think of a light shade of purple, but there's more to this herb than its beautiful color. Lavender is a plant that comes from the mint family, it is easily identified by its sweet floral scent. For our fellow insomnia sufferers, this herb is definitely something to keep in mind, a few drops on your pillow can do the trick. Lavender also has anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal effects. For any of the previously listed reasons, or simply for the calming aroma, try incorporating more lavender into your life.

For a refreshing floral drink, try out this lavender lemonade recipe!

Ingredients: A small handful of freshly picked and rinsed lavender flowers or a tablespoon of dried lavender flowers 1 cup white, granulated sugar 2 cups of boiling water for the infusion 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 cups or more of cold water Ice

Instructions: Cut the lavender flowers from the stems (no need to strip) and place in a medium bowl. Pour the sugar over the flowers and use your fingers to gently rub the flowers into the sugar. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over the lavender sugar and stir with a spoon until the sugar has melted. Cover and let infuse for 30 minutes (or up to several hours). Strain the lavender-infused simple syrup and pour into a serving carafe or pitcher. Stir in the lemon juice. Add another two cups of water. Taste and adjust for tartness. Add more lemon juice if it is too sweet. Add more sugar if to tart. Add ice and more water to desired level of concentration. Note that the ice will melt eventually, further diluting the drink.