For many centuries the medicinal, aromatic and beauty-enhancing properties of lavender have been known and harnessed, and today this stunning herb remains one of the most prized plants in gardens all over the world.
Opening with an insightful overview of the rich and ancient history and folklore surrounding the plant, Tessa Evelegh goes on to explore every aspect of lavender ? from how to grow, cultivate and harvest it, to its many uses around the house, including the kitchen, where its aroma and flavour are used to enhance a range of delicious recipes.
More than 15 step-by-step craft projects are included, with delightful ideas for the table, such as scented napkin rings; aromatic treats for the bedroom, such as a little lavender clothes heart; and cleansing and beauty products, such as lavender soap, for the bathroom. There are delightful ways of decorating with lavender, such as fresh tussie mussie, dried lavender wreaths, and a beautiful organza cushion.
A selection of recipes reveals how this often overlooked herb can be used to great effect in cooking, with deliciously fragrant dishes ranging from Leafy Lavender Salad and Red Mullet with Lavender to Lavender Scones and Lavender Sugar.
Beautifully illustrated with more than 130 specially commissioned photographs, this exquisite volume captures the very best of this much-loved flowering herb.