In the evening time before bed, after I take all my nasty-tasting pills and potions, I squeeze a dropperfull or two of my homemade lavender glycerite onto my tongue and savor the delightful sweet floral lavender taste.
It’s a wonderful way to wash a bad taste out of your mouth and reward yourself for getting all that stuff down the hatch. It will often physically bring a smile to my face, it tastes so wonderful!
It’s very simple to make, and lavender season is upon us.
(This really is an easy project, but if you don’t have access to fresh lavender, may I suggest the absolutely heavenly Rose Petal Elixir made by Avena Botanicals with roses from their own biodynamic gardens. They also sell a Lavender Glycerite which I haven’t tried.)
Fresh lavender flowers and flower buds
Pure food-grade vegetable glycerin (widely available online or at health food stores — vitacost.com is where I usually get stuff like this)
Glass jar with lid
Mesh sieve or funnel
Clean dropper bottle (1, 2, or 4 oz size)
What to do:
1. Remove most of the stems from your lavender, and chop up the flowers and flower buds with a knife.
2. Place the chopped lavender into your glass jar. (In the pictures above, I’m using an 8-oz wide mouth Mason jar.)
3. Pour vegetable glycerin into the jar until it completely covers the lavender. Stir a few times to release any big air bubbles and top it up with glycerin if needed. Be sure all the lavender is submerged.
4. Screw the lid onto your jar, then label and date it with masking tape and a sharpie.
5. Place the jar into a dark cupboard where you will see it often…
6. Shake the jar once a day, or every couple days.
7. Let it sit in the cupboard at least 2 weeks (I leave mine 4-8 weeks).
8. When you’re ready to strain, place a coffee filter inside a mesh sieve (or funnel). Place the sieve over a bowl, a measuring cup, or another glass jar. Pour the lavender glycerite into the coffee filter and when it has all been filtered, wash your hands and gather the filter around the remaining lavender and gently squeeze to extract the rest of the glycerin. The finished lavender glycerite will look like honey — a light amber color.
9. Pour an ounce or two of your strained glycerite into a dropper bottle to keep in your bathroom. If needed, transfer the rest into another glass jar (or the same one that’s been rinsed and dried), cap it, label it, and date it.
10. Transfer the jar into the refrigerator to store it. It will keep at least a year, and probably significantly longer.