Lavender FAQ {All you need to know about dried lavender}

 Lavender know how…

Our organic lavender is an English variety grown in France. Lavandula angustifolia is a flowering narrow leafed plant native to the western Mediterranean.

Lavender flowers are commonly referred to as lavender buds because the flowers are dried before the flowers have a chance to open, this results in a lovely smelling and looking dried bud about the size of a grain of rice. Our lavender is always the freshest it can be from the most recent harvest. The scent is strong and will last a very long time.

Storing dried lavender...

To store lavender buds I like to use air tight glass containers. Here at the farm they are vintage blue Ball Mason jars. I love the jars and love working with them every day but any air tight container will work. Keep away from heat, light and moisture and your dried lavender will be ready to please for many years to come, should you not use it up first.

About measurements…

Industry standards are that bulk loose lavender is sold and bought by weight. Here at Lizzy Lane Farm it’s no different, our loose lavender is sold by weight NOT by the cup. There is better value for you; you will know what to expect and it makes it easier to compare when shopping around.

An ounce of loose lavender (any herb) is not the same as when measured by cups. You know the old saying an ounce of feathers and a pound of bricks?

What exactly is a cup anyway? That is the question I always ask myself…A dry measuring cup? - a wet measuring cup?, both hold different amounts yet still called a cup. Is it a U.S measure cup or grandma’s old tea cup or Ma’s old Tupperware cup? Who decides and are the herbs packed in that cup or are they loose? This is why the industry uses the weight standard for sales.

How our dried lavender buds measures up… 1 ounce is about, a little less than 1 U.S. measure dry measuring cup. 1 ounce will mostly fill one of our 3x5 muslin bags.

4oz. = 1/4lb. = 113 grams, will fill a pint canning jar 8oz. = 1/2lb. = 236 grams, will fill a ½ gallon canning jar, a pint size zip top bag. 16oz. = 1lb. = 453 grams, will fill a gallon canning jar, a gallon size zip top bag.

Should you need help estimating how much loose lavender you need for your project don’t hesitate to ask. I have been working with lavender for going on 40 years now.

How much do I need?…

Wedding toss- I suggest 2 pounds for 40 guests. About 2 handfulls per person.

Sachets-I recommend filling your sachet a bit more than ¾ full to give your organic lavender room to move around and release it’s scent. A 3”x5” bag will hold 1 oz. of lavender.

Heat Pads- I suggest a blend of ¾ buckwheat hulls, ¼ flax seed, and a few Tbl. Lavender or other herb at most. To much lavender when heated will burn your eyes and nose. The scent will fade over time.