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The aromatic properties of Lavender Flowers make it quite useful in as an extra in lotions and creams. They are used extensively in perfumes, soaps and sachets. Lavender water, made from the essential oil, is recommended in therapeutic baths for its relaxant properties. This calming oil can have a sedative action. A small amount of Lavender Flowers, Lavandula angustifolia, added to ordinary oils makes a useful application.
What's the difference between the Extra, Select, and Super grades?All grades of our French lavender possess a very fragrant aroma and flavor, making them all perfectly suitable for culinary and therapeutic use, including crafts, potpourri, and body care products like soap, oils, lotions, and shampoos. The differences between the three grades are based on a slight variation of color and aroma.
Extra grade lavender has a slightly bitter, floral, grassy flavor. The flowers have a little more green or blue grey color compared Select and Super, and also contains slightly more stems and leaves. This makes it a cost-effective alternative in culinary preparations and crafts that do not rely on visual presentation. Perfect for use in sachets, tinted containers, and especially in our Starwest Organic Lavender Dryer Bags!
Select grade is very similar in flavor to the Extra with a floral and grassy taste, but slightly less bitter. It possesses a subtle fresh, sweeter flavor that works well as a culinary ingredient and in loose teas and tea bags. It has a medium deepness of lavender color, less stems and leaves. The deeper color also means Select lavender will look nice in clear and open containers of potpourri and other herbal blends.
Super grade lavender is distinct from Extra and Select in that it has a sweeter, citrus-like taste which is imparted to food when used during cooking. Super has a rich and vibrant lavender color and contains the least amount of stems and leaves. It is brighter, subtly peppery, and reminiscent of rosemary. With the abundance of flowers and buds, Super grade lavender is perfect for loose teas (especially if you intend to make a tea with only lavender, and it not as a blend) and in any application that calls for open or clear containers, such as potpourri, where the colors are sure to be prominent.
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